Yesterday we received our order of preschool material. I was so excited to open the box! I gave everything a quick look-through, and then set it aside while I got back to the housework that was needed to be done. Later on, I sat down with a mug of chai to really go through what I had ordered and was pleased with the material overall. As I’m flipping through the books, trying to come up with any kind of plan of attack, Zander came up to me and joined me at the table.
We looked at some of the books together, to see what kind of activities were in them, when he picked up the “Do it Carefully” book and asked if he could do a few pages. I certainly wasn’t going to tell him no! He proceeded to do about six pages before asking if he could do something in another book. I picked up the “Counting With Numbers” book and asked him if he wanted to do some numbers. He said sure, so we opened up to the first page. He looked it over and grew quiet. I encouraged him to do the first page (writing some ones) when he looked at me and said “This is boring!” So I asked what he wanted to do, and then he ran to the bookshelf and picked up the number workbook we had already been working on… it was an inexpensive Trend workbook that we’ve been picking away at. He opened up, and then did about eight pages in the book before deciding he’d had enough school time.
I think we’re going to get a lot of use out of the curriculum we received yesterday, but I’m already thinking about future purchases. One thing that I learned yesterday is that Zander prefers color to black and white. I’m thinking that as we go through these workbooks that are in black and white, that I’ll be handing him some colored pencils to use instead of just a regular pencil. Maybe that will help him out a bit with getting bored with the black and white pages.
Abigail came home from school just as we were wrapping up our work and was very jealous that Zander had gotten some schoolbooks. She looked at them kind of wistfully, so I think she’s counting down the days now until school is done. I think we’re at about six weeks left, and we’re all looking forward to what comes after that. I’ve already decided that I won’t be ordering our Sonlight until school is out, so that Abigail can be here for her very first “Box Day”. We’re really looking forward to that one!
**Update: This afternoon we sat down with the first book,”Adventures with Books”, and right away there was a coloring page. I told Zander he didn’t need to do coloring if he didn’t want to, and that made him happy. Then as we went along, we came up to a color page. It had a crayon at the top labeled blue, and a few pictures. The instructions said to color the crayon the right color, and cross off everything that wasn’t blue. I very gently encouraged Zander to just color the crayon- I got out the big box of crayons with sparkly ones, so he grabbed the blue sparkly and got to work. He made his X’s with the crayon also, and decided that using the crayon wasn’t so terrible.
So we went on to the next page, which said to trace and color all the circles. I suggested he just color one small circle at the top of the page in, and that he just trace the rest, using an assortment of colors. He loved it. He colored one small circle, and i was able to praise his coloring ability, and hopefully boost his confidence. We did four pages total, and would have continued on except he wanted to do some reading today as well. I think as long as I stay on my toes and keep our work from becoming monotonous, we’ll do okay.