Getting Ready for school: Day 1.

When my son finished Pre-K I knew that I wanted to do many things with him over the summer to prepare him for Kindergarten.  I was not sure if I wanted to start home schooling immediately or if I should give the kid a break before I teach him everything he is going to learn in kindergarten. I decided that I should allow him and his sister some time to relax and do what they want for at least the month on July.  I figured I would sneak in some math and sight words, but I wouldn’t have a structured day until August. I decided to wait until after their little brothers 1st birthday to start “summer school” which was 2 days ago August 6th.

Today summer school started, and while I have put a lot of thought into what I wanted to do with them I figured that I would just make sure that their day was more then just playing outside, watching TV, and playing with their iPads.  My main goal is to get them used to a more structured day, and to learn some of the basic things they will need to know before school starts.

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Name writing practice

name practice

Name worksheet Pinterest link

While they were eating breakfast I grabbed their notebooks and created a name writing
exercise they could work on after they were finished eating.  I then came up with a basic schedule for the day and crossed my fingers. This is what my schedule looked like.

 

  • Schedule
    • Morning
      • eat
      • practice name writing
      • wash up and change clothes
      • iPad time (starfall only) while putting Rafa down for nap.
      • go outside to play
      • table toys
    • Afternoon
      • lunch 11:30
      • free play
      • Sofia’s nap and quiet free time for Francisco 12:30/1
      • math
      • free play outside & inside
      • dinner
      • bedtime routine
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Quietly playing with their starfall app while I put the baby down for a nap.

As you can see there are only times attached to lunch and nap.  That is because I didn’t want to put time restrictions on anything else, I just want them to get use to some kind of structure.  It turns out that my morning went really well, and Rafael even cooperated when it came to napping (that’s a major plus).  The afternoon was a little more tricky, they weren’t as agreeable.  I expected them to resist so I  kept activities short and when they complained I told them that they needed to continue working to get free time.  next week I make activities longer to help build stamina.

 

Today’s math activities: Back yard ten frame math, using bowling pins as counters.  Number writing practice, & unifix cube patterns.

While I felt that we had a good day it wasn’t without its meltdowns.  When Sofia told me she didn’t want to make unifix patterns I told her that she had to make at least one before she could have free time.  She had a full on tantrum which included arm flailing.  I didn’t give in and 5 minutes later she calmed down and made one pattern, which was plenty for a 3 year old.

  • My plans for this week:

    • Tuesday: focus on arts & Crafts and reading.
    • Wednesday: weather permitting, take a trip somewhere.
    • Thursday: focus on writing.
    • Friday: a bit of everything.

I will document the next couple of days on my instagram @bigapplemami and my facebook page Big Apple Mami along with my blog.

 

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