Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our First Day of Pre-school!

Monday was officially our "first day of school" and I had several fun things planned for the girls. (Click HERE if you want to see our detailed "schedule" (that I follow very loosely) and my LIST of things to do with them this fall. I didn't take pictures of everything, but tried to get the highlights :)

The girls woke up to new world map placemats and fingerpaints at the breakfast table! We have had so much fun with the placemats -- the girls love pointing to places and asking about everything on the map. It kind of drives Mark crazy because we have a hard time having a conversation in between questions but I love that they are learning geography without even trying!
The girls had helped me make special cinnamon rolls for the first day of school and had been eagerly waiting to eat them :)
Of course Karis ate all the icing off first!
And my butter-lovin, change hatin, Karlie Sue wouldn't touch the icing but demanded butter on her cinnamon roll and ate every bite (but only after she ate the raisins first!)
We used our new chore cards to get ready for our day and then headed outside for our morning walk. And of course I just had to get our first traditional "first day of school pictures!"

Do you know what the best part about pre-school at home is? That you can have your babydolls do absolutely everything with you!!
And yes, "My-na baby" did indeed get a little bit of fingerpaint on her. I bet you cannot imagine how that happened :) (And I have to now confess what a horrible mother I am -- my eldest is 4 years old and had not touched fingerpaint until her first day of pre-school!) They had a blast painting with their fingers and have since begged to do it every single day!
We had a very special "healthy" fudgesicle snack after naps! Although usually I let the girls help me make everything, I made these while they were sleeping because if they had seen the green avocado going in the blender, no one would have touched them :)
But as you can tell, every drop was devoured with pleasure!
Even Abbi enjoyed a cold treat of frozen banana to help with her poor, aching gums. (To make the first week of school even more exciting, Abbi decided to wake up several times a night screaming in pain because her bottom two teeth were coming! So glad that is over with for a little while!)
The girls had fun with a new animal stencil set
They had a lot of fun stuffing shells for dinner and sprinkling on the cheese!
Speaking of cheese... yes, they are quite the hams when they want to be!
The played together in the living room while waiting for dinner to cook... still so excited about their day!
This is probably my favorite picture of all time (except that I can't see their faces very well... but I just love to see them reading together so sweetly!)
Karis regularly builds a book house for Abbi :)
Daddy gave them a manicure before bed :)
And our fun day ended with tickle time!

Don't you just wish you could go back to preschool?


Abramyan Avenue said...

Love, love, love this post!!! Probably my favorite by far! We homeschool and you know, I never thought of still taking first day of school photos! That is such an awesome idea.
I love the flexibility that homeschooling helping with breakfast, taking walks, etc.
Love your blog and definitely plan to visit often. You have a lovely family!

Theresa said...

Stopping by from Kelly's Korner. We homeschool too. We love it! Your girls are absolutely adorable! Best wishes for a wonderful year!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Best wishes for a great school year. Your girls are adorable & remind me of mine! Mine are 4.5 and almost 3. We have the same dresses from Children's Place. I love matching my girls also :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your first day looks like such a success! What great ideas!

I would love for you to link to my Back to School Traditions link up!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you so much for linking up!

Mandy Brown said...

I came across this blog (via Shannon) and have not been able to stop reading it!! I have recently made the decision to do home pre-school for 3 little ones (ages 4,3,2) and I also have a 6 month old son. I've been trying to get as much info as I can from other homeschooling moms... would you be willing to e-mail me about the curriculum you have chosen?

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