Kent was 26 months old.
Yay! Finally, time to kick things off with our new plan.
Inspired by 1+1+1=1, I made this cute sign for Kent to hold. This is how he wanted to take the picture…
I didn’t think we would be able to start Tot School on schedule but the guys were able to help me rearrange the house at the last minute last night. They took our play kitchen up to the attic for storage, brought in our new shelf, and took a couple things out of our office so there is more room for storing materials. I want to give you a whole tour in a separate post but for now here is a sneak peek of the shelf.
I moved our old tot trays shelf over by the recliner so it can house part of our book collection. We didn’t get to start school right away in the morning but Kent was very excited to have so many books at his disposal. He spend a lot of time with books spread out on the floor, “reading” them. Here he is standing on the windowsill because there is a picture of a ladybug in that book and he wanted to show it to the real ladybug that lives up there.
We started with song time. He was surprisingly apprehensive and very quiet, more like I would have expected if it was his first time in a new group or something. He usually loves songs but since these were new he just watched while I sang along and tried to get him to dance. Then I told him it was time for a special Bible story. This week we are learning about how God made day and night. I read him the blurb from the curriculum, trying to spark his interest along the way by asking him questions about stars and the moon. He was excited to talk about them but still kept saying, “Mama done reading, do more song time!” until the story was over. I started playing the activity songs, which he will probably long once he learns them, but since they were new he wasn’t catching on. He started getting a little too wild: harassing the cat, stepping on my feet, etc. So, we took a break for lunch.
After lunch I introduced him to cutting with scissors. He had spied the scissors on my desk earlier and was VERY excited about learning to use them. He absolutely loved it! I really did not think he would have enough hand strength or coordination yet, I just wanted to see how far off he was. It took a few tries with me demonstrating how to hold the scissors and paper but then he took off with it. He was so enthralled with the tray that I was able to get up and get the camera and still take this picture.
Eventually I moved the tray to his desk for him. He settled in there for another 5-10 minutes or so. I was so thrilled to see him bent over his task, concentrating so hard and in his own little world. Moments like that… they are the best!