It's Wednesday again.. this seems to be my new blog day. So for a quick update on my goals: I have moved the Christmas boxes to the basement (by I, I mean my husband.. lol). There is now room in the closet to turn it into a toy closet (insert evil laugh).. where all the toys of the house will be held captive until the smaller inhabitants can clean up after themselves!!! (more evil laughing)... well maybe I won't go that far, but I am still trying to come up with a plan for toy rotation. I'm working out how many toys will be allowed in the playroom, and in different areas of the house, how often I'll switch out toys... all a work in progress.
My closet is cleaned, I'm caught up on the laundry and it feels so good to be able to walk in with out stepping on clothes that may or may not be clean.
I failed miserably on my goal to wash the floors. I just didn't get to it, so it will be my only goal this coming week.
I think I've mentioned before that things have really slowed down in terms of tot school. I did both Mm and Nn last week. I basically skirted through them. We didn't even do letter art for N. But I really wanted to do Oo for oceans this week because we are taking a trip to the aquarium and I just thought it'd fit perfectly together. Anyway, we did read the letter books for both letters. Free downloads from here.
We did manage to squeeze in M is for mountain. It turned out very cute, although I totally forgot to snap a pic. There is a finished product on No Time For Flash Cards. That's where I get most of my letter are ideas.
Munchkin really loves his Tot Time Notebook. Check out the website and downloads here. I started out using dry erase markers, but he takes all the tops off and they roll all over and he is too tempted to color all over himself. Now we use dry erase crayons. They work out much better. I am in the process of putting together a Notebook for Little Bear. By his age I'd already taught Munchkin his shapes and colors. I get so caught up trying to get Little Bear to talk and say words that colors and shapes kind of get the back seat.
Believe it or not I still haven't found the perfect place in my house for tot school and yes, we've been doing "school time" for over a year. I need a place to do art work, intentional play with learning toys, and table work or skill practice. We tried the playroom for a while. Should have been perfect... not so. It's too distracting and since the boys are used to doing anything they want in there and there are more toys than either of them need, they have 0 attention when we are in there. I thought about our upstairs guest room which doubles as my craft room. However all of our tot school things are stored downstairs, and lugging supplies and learning toys up and down was way to inconvenient. Basically I'm to lazy to do it up there. The kitchen seems to be working out and the table would be best, but I've already left two marks from crafting. Sometimes they sit at the island in our kitchen.. the granite seems to be able to hold up to art work, but Little Bears booster doesn't sit comfortably so he can't reach the table. Then I end up putting his tray on, but it's too small to hold most papers. We do have that little table that was perfect for Munchkin, I suppose I could try and see if Little Bear can work there comfortably too. As I'm typing I'm getting an idea to split up tot school and do different activities in different places.... hmmmm.
Well gotta run... I here some random banging coming from the playroom which really needs a good cleaning. Have a wonderful rest of the week. :-)