Today is my darling daughter, Evelyn's, first day of Preschool. I am homeschooling and I am so excited about it! My husband and I made a decision even before our now 3 1/2 year old daughter was born that we would homeschool, and today was the first official step into that world. I have been working on our school room for about a month now, and have been accumulating curriculum and resources for the past year. I have lesson plans done and themes planned out. This is my heart <3
This week and next our theme is: All About Me/Creation. The Letter of the week is A and we will be reading "God Gave Us You" and "The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse".
We began our day today with free play - watercolor and playing Alphabet Memory.
Next we moved on to Circle Time. We sang songs, did our Calendar, found letters in the alphabet, I assigned her a job for the day (Drink Pourer at Lunch), did "What Are You Feeling" - Evelyn said, Mad, Sad & Happy ;) and then read our Story - God Gave Us You. I talked with her about how much Mommy & Daddy wanted a baby, and how lucky we are that He gave us Evelyn Grace Powers!
I discussed that God created Evelyn exactly the way that she is. I measured her - she is 3 feet 4 inches tall! Then Evelyn laid down on a large piece of paper and I traced her body. She loved this part! Then she colored her body and I asked her some questions about the color of her hair, eyes, her favorite color and her best friend.
We moved on to our game/music time, in which we Played Charades, I Spy and did a few stretching games. We also sang "There is a girl we love so much and Evelyn is her name-o. E-V-E-L-Y-N." She is an expert at that song! We also sang the Phonix Song (Ah-Ah-Apple, Ba-Ba-Ball). Evelyn worked on writing her name and practicing the Letter A as well as tracing shapes. Then it was time to clean up and say goodbye. What a fantastic first day!
On a side note, Evelyn really enjoyed calling me "Teacher" ;)
Here are a couple observations that I will be adding to her Portfolio for the first day >
1. While playing Alphabet Memory Game, Evelyn picked the matching Upper Case & Lower Case "B" and said about the lower case b..."It looks different, but it is still a B"
2. During Circle Time, Evelyn was asked to find the Letter "Y" on the alphabet Poster. She looked and then said, this is a "Y" making a V with two fingers and adding her other index finger to the bottom.