We started preschool this morning and Cheyenne was so excited!
I went back to her room and got everything set up by writing 1st Day of Preschool and the date on the whiteboard. I also put a small board book on her table titled Grover’s First Day of School.
We are taking it sort of slow this week, to establish a routine slowly. Cheyenne, like most kids, responds better to a schedule and routine, but she is used to a very basic schedule where other than when she is eating or sleeping, she pretty much has free play. I know she will adjust in time to a new routine but she doesn’t do well with sudden change. If she is eased into it, she responds a lot better.
We are using the Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I really like this curriculum and love that it comes with the lesson plans for each letter which you can use, or you can do it in your own way. It is a 26 week program full of activities that focus on letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills to prepare for kindergarten.
The first thing we did was say our Pledge of Allegiance. Cheyenne loves saying it and is getting very good at it and can say almost the entire second half by herself. Then she sang the Alphabet song alone as she insisted she doesn’t need any help and can do it by herself. You gotta love the 3 year old independence. 🙂
Then she did her Day of the Week chart and Weather chart from the Letter of the Week curriculum.
Then Cheyenne did a little coloring on her A page and I was amazed that she corrected her grip on her own. She is learning to hold her crayon/pen/pencil correctly now and she is really beginning to color well. She had me color one of the apples and I showed her how to color in the whole apple not leaving any white. The next one she colored, she kept saying “Oh, I’ve got to get this part, there’s still some white.” What a cutie!
Then we did our number cards. I laid them out in a line and called out a number and she would hop to that number. It was so fun for her and being as she was hopping to each number, got her a little physical activity as well.
Then we took a break for a while to go to a playdate with a couple of our friends at Jumpstreet, our new favorite place. It is an indoor trampoline park that has a section for ages 7 & under, but now that school is back in, all of the kids were under 5 and it wasn’t crowded at all. Cheyenne loves this place and for $4.00 all day, can’t be beat for extreme fun for the little ones at an affordable price.
Then it was time to come home for lunch and a nap.
Tomorrow we will do a little more work since we don’t have a playdate, plus we will be trying to make up for Monday being a holiday.
All in all, Cheyenne had a great first day of preschool and I am so excited about this new journey we find ourselves on.