Mommy and Joshie Time

We have not completely decided if we wanted to start Joshua in preschool yet or not but changed our routine just a little. Every other day during nap time he gets to stay up and spend some time with Mommy. On these days he sets up his fort and reads a few books while I put the girls down for a nap. Then when they are both sleeping the two of us work on learning his letters, colors, shapes, cutting, gluing and just spending time one on one with each. He gets so excited about it. When I tell him that it is time for Mommy Joshie time he grabs a few books and runs to his fort area. I have never seen him sit quietly by himself for so long and when we are working on a project I'm amazed at how long he can focus on something. I'm just loving watching him learn and his face light up when he gets something correct or done. I started teaching him about the letter J and how to write his name and now thats all he ever draws.

On Friday we talked about plants gowning and he got to plant flowers in a pot. He put the seeds in, covered them with dirt, and then watered them. Since then he wants t
o go out and check his flower to see if it has started to grow yet. I can't wait to see his face when he can see it for the first time. Also that day to give him another reason to practice writing his name he made a sign for his plant. I wrote out his name and then he traced the letters with colored markers. Then we pulled out the chalk and I let him go wild on the patio. Of course all he wanted to do was write his name but I have no problem with that. After a while we traced our hands and then I traced his whole body. He thought that it was so funny he had to trace Mommy as well. Here are some pictures I took of that day.

Having this one on one time seems to be helping a little. Not only can I get him to focus (which I can't do when I have all three at once or even just him and Eliza) but he i
s misbehaving less. I think he just felt that it was the only way to get my attention. Well if anyone has any good books or activity books that they would like to recommend about preschooling at home let me know! I wish I had more of a curriculum to go off of and I could always use more ideas and activities.


Naomi & Greg said...

what a fun day and isn't it such a good feeling to have breakthroughs with the kids. I notice too when Vaughn has just had enough and needs one on one. Becca Larkin has great ideas and books on child care and discipline. She does preschool and kindergarten homeschool.

Ashley said...

Hi Girl! I have to tell you we went through a lot of the same stuff with Aubree and once I started our own at home preschool she was so much nicer to Paisley, calmer and seems so much happier. All of that also makes me happier and I'm not getting after her as much either! We use berry best preschool (the links on my profile). It's worth it for me and I've been really impressed with the curriculum, I incorporate reading the "little readers" scriptures and a special book with our preschool too. We start and end with a prayer and it just makes the biggest difference for both of us! Oh and I love the free download from Google called Picasa it makes my photo's look great and is SUPER easy to use, enjoy!

The Morris Fam said...

So cute! I need to do some of the same for sir Justin, especially prior to new baby morris! Great reminder.

heidi said...

wow, it sounds like you are doing a lot with him.

preston and i haev a little one on one time when carlee goes down for her afternoon nap. he loves it he's just so happy the entire time.

way to go, that's awesome.

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