Well even the best laid plans fall short. I started Mondays with Mimi last week, because I think the time that Cricket and Mimi share is so special. I still do, I just didn't make it to work today, no thanks to a yucky stomach bug (me not Cricket).
Since Cricket was still well herself and needed entertainment, I proceeded with our introduction to pre-school that I had planned for this afternoon.
We did our first "circle time" which included: days of the week, weather, Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord's Prayer, LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set, and bible study. This is my set-up for the moment
I got the Pledge of Allegiance and Lord's Prayer printables from Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations, and I got the Days of the Week and What's the Weather printables from 1+1+1=1.
Then I showed her the workboxes, which she has been very curious about since our purchase last week. I have decided at this point I will let her guide our day. I explained to her that we were going to complete the items in each box, but that she could pick the order. My orderly little Cricket went from top to bottom all on her own, and this might work to my advantage in the future!
In box 1, Cricket had her W Hooked on Phonics lesson (we will finish our capital letters this week and start our letter of the week curriculum next week with lower case).
In box 2, Cricket found the first four pages of an all about me book I found here. She enjoyed coloring them in her own way
Seriously the child has a table and a desk, but she also has a mind of her own that I cherish and adore!
In box 3, Cricket found her Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock, and she was so excited. We haven't played with it in awhile and she really enjoyed this one.
We used it for several purposes: the obvious we discussed time in very basic terms (hour, minute, o'clock); one-to-one correspondence; number recognition and counting; shape recognition; color recognition; and fine motor skills (removing blocks, stacking, and replacing them). We were also able to discuss the way numbers should look since she didn't put them all back in correctly the first time. I told her how many were wrong (4) and counted down as she corrected them.
Finally in drawer 4, Cricket found her new obstacle course cards. We used them to practice her gymnastic skills since we have a break this week before her new harder classes start. She went through the course three times and remembered most of the directions independently.
After all this activity, still sick momma needed a break, so I popped in Leap Frog's Letter Factory DVD!
Not to bad for a NOT Mimi Monday.