Friday, August 22, 2008

Starting School

After I learned that being a Nurse wasn't my vocation, I began toying with Veterinary Technician or Elementary teacher. Now I feel as a stay-at-home mom, I get to do a little of each (and a lot of other stuff). I decided it would be fun to have a pre-preschool for Anastasia starting this fall. Mainly my plan is to read books each week according to a specific theme, do projects along the same theme and have several Montessori activities. I am also toying with the idea of purchasing the Before Five In A Row curriculum just to make life a little easier when I have baby #2 around.

Above is a picture of Anastasia doing a practical life activity. Regina lent me a laminated placemat with an outline of a place setting on it but I wanted to make a bigger one and a more permanent one. So I made one out of a rectangle of fabric that I lined with home-made bias tape and painted a place setting on it. She actually did it correctly this morning (even though she put the napkin over the fork). I also picked up a chalk board at the thrift store for $1. She loves it but also enjoys using the chalk on walls. So I taught her how to wash chalk off the walls with a sponge. I like that it is a fairly "safe" art activity that I can leave out for her whenever inspiration to draw comes along.

You can't really see in the picture, but she is also wearing a wool diaper cover I made out of a sweater. I wasn't sure how effective it would be, but it is AWESOME. I can make 2 covers and a pair of pants from one Sweater and they work perfect for night time. I am just happy that she doesn't leak or stink when she comes to snuggle or sleep in our bed in the morning. So now I am in LOVE WITH WOOL.

As you can see, I have a better internet connection (hence the picture). I moved the laptop to the kitchen and it seems to be better. I have lots of craft projects in the line up... so more pictures to come. Anyways, the dishes are calling and Anastasia is getting bored (which is not a good thing usually).


Melissa said...

O wears a wool cover at night, and it is wonderful! We LOVE wool :) I'll have to try making some out of sweaters. Although, we have more than enough covers for now.

Wendle said...

I LOVE the placemat idea:) Also Sonlight is another curriculum based off of books. That is the one we were thinking about doing with Ben.