When a friend at church sent me a link to a preschool co-op she was starting, my first thought was, "Is Madeleine preschool age?" I wasn't really sure when you might send a child to preschool. Then I started thinking that if I waited until next year, she would be 3.2 years old. I still didn't know if that would be a good age to start, so I just figured...she's able to start now with directed activities and focused play. And, the wonder of homeschooling means that we can start in late September, because I was not ready to tackle preschool any sooner- it just still felt like summer. It was the week when the weather cooled down that I felt the coming on of playful doing.
Roughly, we're doing 26 weeks focusing on a letter. The activities are simple and fun and we do our school Monday through Friday during Grace's nap.
We started with the basic skill of using a glue stick to make an A that also looked like an Alligator.
Thankfully, we started school on the first day of Tim's four day off, so he took pictures, was a super-cheerleader in getting Madeleine excited, and helped do the activities with us.
Here is Madeleine showing Tim her "excited for school" face:
Placing alligator teeth, we talked about shapes (she knows the basics) and counted the teeth (easy-peasy stuff).
Dada read the Berenstein Bears' "A" book while I prepped the next task:
Bird in the Hand. We whipped up some Animal cookies.
Finally enjoying a cookie: