Like I always start out my Mommy School posts, the whole point of the activities we do during Mommy School isn’t to get Xander into Harvard or make sure he’s the smartest kid around. The point of the activities we’re doing is for me to expose him to the types of things he’d get to do if he was attending a preschool program. If he masters his letters while we have some structured play, that’s a huge plus.
On Monday, I printed off a Letter F worksheet from this website, and then Paul and Xander sat at our kids’ table and colored it. Later that day I put a flattened cardboard box down in the yard and gave Xander some red paint and let him paint a flower pot for the kitchen. He absolutely loved it, and I loved that I have a piece of Xander artwork for my mint plant.
Our Tuesday activity was Finding Frogs. We went on a little nature walk looking for them but only found chickens. Any other day we’d find a half dozen frogs without even looking! But, later that day we went over to our neighbor’s house (who happens to be Xander’s bestie) and we found a frog! So I caught it and let the little ones hold it. I didn’t think to snap a photo until we were about to let it go and it was hanging on the ball, but Xander loved watching him hop off of his hands over and over. His little friend ended up liking the frog too, even if she was a little spooked at first.
On Wednesday I put a piece of foil on the kids’ table and let Xander paint it. I helped paint a flower and a frog–which he painted over– but it’s probably one of my favorite pieces of Xander art so far. It’s currently hanging on the refrigerator and he’ll go over to it and say “painting hoil” Apparently F-oil is hard for him to say. We’re working on it though.
Thursday I made a quick trip to Dollar Tree for some coffee filters, and we had our neighbor over to make flowers. First we colored the coffee filters then we placed them over bowls and dropped water on them with our paint brushes. The water caused the color from the markers to spread and made them really pretty. The mommies then cut the flowers and poked green pipe cleaners through. Xander and I taped them to the window before bed so he could see them when he’s sitting at his kids’ table.
Friday we made our F letter page for our homemade alphabet book. I thought about fish and a few other different animals, but Xander’s all time favorite is the Flamingo. When we were in San Diego he would just sit in his stroller and stare at them squawking and walking around. If you’ve never been to the San Diego Zoo you should add it to your bucket list, it is definitely my favorite zoo! I think we could have gone every day of the week while we lived there because we always had a good time! (There were several times that we went more than once in the same week, so I’m definitely not exaggerating!)