Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My week for preschool...

I was so nervous about teaching the preschool, and I don't even know why. There are only 4 kids in the group, including my own, so I wasn't that out numbered. And they are all cute and well behaved little kids. Two boys and two girls, it's a nice balance and they are still young enough to be entertained easily. All I can say now that it is over is that it is worth it to have three weeks where I am down to only the baby who is usually napping and I can be super productive for 2 hours.

So for my week we had the letter C and the color yellow. Not too hard right? The hard part is actually turning off the "C is for..." part of my brain. As I was putting some chicken into marinade for dinner tonight I was thinking, "Chicken starts with C, and we can have carrots and cauliflower in cheese sauce!" It's addictive, I tell you.

The first day I set up a little classroom in the living room. It makes me think back to when I was a kid and we would play "teacher". I would have loved to have a chalkboard back then! It was very nice to have it now too though. (Thanks again Pa Dave for Evie's awesome birthday present!)

I found these cute little chalkboards at the dollar store and the kids loved them. Plus then I didn't have four 3 year olds fighting for a turn at the big chalkboard. We practiced writing our letter C's for about 10 seconds, and then they just drew and scribbled to their hearts content. Whatever, chalk starts with the letter C. Works for me. We also read Cows Can't Fly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Then we made cereal necklaces. (And just FYI: cotton yarn does not work well for little hands to string cereal on, we switched to narrow ribbon with much more success.) The kids were more interested in eating the cereal but we managed to get enough of it on the ribbon.

On day 2 we made C crowns. (And how ironic that my child was the only one who glued her C on backwards. She is quite artistic, but the details escape her...) They colored their favorite candy on their crown. That is a green Starburst on Evie's, just in case you were wondering.

We also read The Cloud Book and we went outside to look for clouds but the weather just wasn't cooperating for me. On Monday it was overcast and raining off and on, so we couldn't do it then. And today was sunny without a cloud in the sky. Ah well, no visual aids by Mother Nature for me. The kids colored clouds on blue paper, and seemed entertained enough telling each other what animals they had seen clouds shaped like in the past.

And probably my favorite C of all this week were these: Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yes! A trifecta of C's! And they tasted pretty good too. The kids all got to help put ingredients in the mixer and couldn't have been more proud of how their cookies turned out.

Yup. I guess this preschool thing isn't going to be too bad. But I still like it best when it's the other mothers' turn to teach...


Amanda said...

Looks like more fun than anyone should be allowed to have with the letter C! I'm enjoyed this preschool thing, too!

Dinee said...

I'm glad you survived.

Mandy said...

Sounds like everything went great, and those cookies look perfect!

Sarah said...

I like the other mothers turn best too! You did awesome though, as if there were any question of that :).