As much as I love doing preschool homeschool with my little miss, it has totally fallen apart in the last two weeks! Well really, I’ve fallen apart with it. Between being out and about way more than usual in those weeks, and then trying to play catch up with life at home, it fell right through the cracks.
At first, I was really upset. I filled my journal with some pretty angsty mom woe entries to the tune of: Am I failing as a mum? Am I letting her down? Will she never make it in school because I forgot some Goldfish activities?! It was at that point I took a step back, and allowed logic to kick in. She is only three. She is already quite smart. Two weeks of not following my plan doesn’t. Matter. One. Bit. And considering she doesn’t have a clue there is a plan to follow, it certainly isn’t phasing her any!
So now, with the anxiety out of the way, I’m ready to try again starting this week! This time knowing that if it doesn’t happen every day, that’s okay too. Yesterday kicked off our ‘Animals’ week, and she loved out activity. Prior to this week, when I was ‘off plan’, I just did some basic learning activities with her when time allotted. We’ve worked on letter sounds, days of the week, and other simple things.
Since the weather has been warmer we’ve finally been able to walk outside daily again! She loves to take ‘treasure walks’ which means we bring one of her beach pails with us, and she fills it with rocks, leaves, pine cones, and anything else that suits her fancy along the way. Since our bucket was getting a little full, I figured why not DO something with all that stuff? And thus, the Treasure Sculpture was born.
She was absolutely thrilled to put these together! I manned the hot glue gun, and she told me exactly where to put the glue, and stuck on every piece herself. The pride was oozing out of her as she placed each piece. She was so focused in her work. I so wished I had waited until the hubs was home so he man the glue gun and I could have taken photos! But there will be other times. These beauties will have a place of honor in the garden this year!
I really liked this activity as it gave her a taste of sculpture, which we’ve never really done before. And like her drawings and paintings, she definitely still favors abstract. It’s very rare that she sits down and tries to draw something specific; she tends to make spirals, or spikes in different patterns around the paper. I don’t encourage either way – I just let her go with it!
I’ll definitely be incorporating these kind of sculptures in our Art Week!
Until next time,