We’re back to school!
This is a wrap up of our school week combining prekindergarten and tot school (25 months).
I decided to simplify things for myself and combine all the boys’ school activities for the next few months. January’s theme is winter, all things arctic and antarctic. I’m not as organized as I’d like to be and did not have my tub and play dough ready ahead of time so I put the boys to work helping make them. It was a huge hit, so I plan to include them in more of our school prep work in the future.
We dyed rice by adding a few drops of food coloring and hand sanitizer to white rice in a plastic bag. (I have read that rubbing alcohol also works.) It took about 3 hours for the rice to dry on the counter, and I assembled the sensory tub (pictured at the top) after the kids went to bed. Magoo loved shaking and smushing the rice. This is a great sensory experience for all ages.
The boys also helped make play dough. I cooked the play dough on the stove then the boys added glitter and food coloring. Bebop really wanted to have separate colors, so we started out making a third blue, a third green and leaving a third white. I went to get Doodad up from his nap and Magoo mixed all the play dough together while I was gone. Now we have a huge batch of green and blue marbled play dough.
Our play dough snowman activity was entirely dictated by Bebop. He was very specific in asking for toothpicks and beads for his creations, even specifying colors. He also really wanted black play dough, but I convinced him to use what we had. Any ideas on how to dye dough black or any other dark color easily? Magoo enjoyed sticking toothpicks in the dough then placing the beads. He even started matching colors on his own.
I’ve decided to focus on the alphabet for the next two months. Bebop will work on proper letter formation and handwriting practice. I will introduce a letter a day to Magoo and work on letter recognition.
Doodad’s lack of schedule means that sometimes he’s taking a nap during school and other times he’s just hanging out on his play mat. The big boys love when Doodad joins us for school. Bebop always shows Doodad his latest drawings and Magoo keeps Doodad supplied with plenty of toys.