We survived the first week of Seminary!
It's actually been a great week! Going to bed at midnight and then getting up at 7 and having to entertain a toddler was killing me. Now that we are back on our schedules and in bed by 10 things are much better.
Collin and I also started his "school program" it's like a pre pre-school. Prep school? Pre-school Squared? Oh heck, it's a program to ensure our sanity throughout the day. I was noticing he was watching way too much t.v. and I felt like I was neglecting him. I wanted to spend more time with him but you can only play blocks or cars for so long. So, with the help of the internet and some of my own limited creativity I planned out a whole year of toddler appropriate activities to not only keep us entertained, but to help him learn colors, shapes, numbers and the alphabet. The first week went great! Collin really got into it. I won't be introducing the alphabet until after Memorial Day since I bummed the ideas off of someone else and they don't start till then, but this is what we did this week:
All this week we studied the color blue, the circle, and the number 1. Some of the activities were just coloring and boring stuff that didn't warrant pictures but I made sure he was introduced to those three things everyday.
For the color blue I used blue painters tape and made a road throughout our living room. Thank you Pinterest!!! Collin really liked it so it was totally worth the discomfort of scooting my big pregnant self around the room to make it :)
Then to study circles, we made a Fruit Loop necklace and I let him snack on it while he watched one of his shows.
Wednesday we had a circle hunt! I just cut 5 circles out of construction paper and then hid them around the house. Every time he found one we would shout "Circle!"
For the color blue I poured a bag of M&M's into a bowl and had Collin take out all of the blue ones. Then I let him eat them. It was hilarious to watch him because he was sneaking them out of the bowl and eating them while we were sorting but as I watched him I noticed that he was only taking the blue ones :)
For the number one we made a cereal number out of cheerios. Confession: I did most of the gluing because a certain someone doesn't like to get his hands dirty and didn't appreciate the glue squirting up through the holes in the cheerios.
blue" balls off his tee.
here. We cut the circles out, glued them together, and then colored them to make a man holding balloons.
Friday is our extremely loooong day. Michael doesn't get home until after 8:30 so it usually drags. Our activities really helped the day go faster.
We played "Red light, Green Light" for our circle activity. Collin really got into this one which surprised me. I let him have the green circle and we would run around the house until I said, "red light" and we'd freeze until Collin said green light.
Oh and if you want to know where I got my stylish clothes (you know, just in case you want to copy my look) Sweat pants- Walmart 7 years ago. And T-shirt comes from a place called "Michael's drawer. Yeah, I am totally bringing sexy back with this attire :) In all fairness to myself, we had just gotten back from the pool.
Saturday:Michael works Saturdays so we did stuff today and will take Monday off instead.
Collin took a blue ball bath. Which he thought was pretty neat.
This was a very lax day as you can tell.
We had tons of fun and really really enjoyed our time together this week which was my goal.
In other news, Collin has decided that the floor is a better place for naps then his bed. I find him like this every single day. Head buried under his bear and legs under the bed. What a nut :)