What’s up B?

It’s B week in “preschool” here! We kicked it off on Monday with a color sheet and some B tracing. I don’t think I said this last week, but my goal here isn’t to teach them to write, yet. I feel the need to merely introduce upper & lowercase letters, sounds, and really my main goal: to get them to recognize letters. They could already identify quite a few before we started, but why not just get them all down now? πŸ™‚ If they just so happen to pick up how to write letters, hooray! But I’m not at all expecting it. Right now, I’m thrilled if they try to trace the letters and don’t just color all over the sheet…which is what Ash would really rather do.

We used Black, Brown & Blue markers only πŸ™‚
Love those little hands πŸ™‚

Next we moved on to a craft, man was it a hit. I’ve seen these letter craft ideas all over Pinterest and you can find them pretty much anywhere.

First time I’ve used scissors with them. They cut their bee strips in half.
This one was very excited to be using scissors! (Not alone like it looks in this picture tho!)
Gluing on the bee stripes.

Tongue in cheek concentration πŸ™‚

Adding wings…
Add a happy face, antenna, and you have a bee! She was stoked.
Love the joy a simple craft brings πŸ™‚

My next activity didn’t go as well as I planned. I heard a suggestion last week for a fine motor skill activity: give your kids paper and let them tear it into pieces into a box. Duh! Well, it was very frustrating for them. They’ve been pretty well trained since about 6mo of age to not tear paper (I worked at a pediatric office pre-kids and EVERY.SINGLE.BOOK in the waiting room was torn up, on purpose, by kids who had no training on respecting books. I made a mental note then and there, my kids will NOT rip books. End of parenting rant)…so it’s a skill we will need to work on πŸ™‚

You can see the frustration on his little face πŸ™
I was getting a little annoyed hearing “Mommy. I need help. I need help. I need help. Help. Help.” So taught her to raise her hand. One success out of the activity. I’ll take it πŸ™‚

Tuesday, I started up Joy in the Morning at our church again. It’s a weekly gathering of ladies who want to be in the Word, have connection with other ladies of all ages, and know Jesus more. It’s from 9-11am so that takes up our whole morning. A&H go to “class” with other 2-3 year olds and they told me they had fun! My small group is doing a study called Chase based on King David/1 Samuel and having a heart that chases God. I’m excited to start digging in to it. So Tuesday is now a preschool-less morning.
Today I was very excited to team up with my dear friend Hannah and her kiddos! Her oldest Z is about 2 1/2 months older than A&H. Hannah & I decided that Baking Banana Bread was a great activity for us to do together. Z & his mommy do a lot of baking together, so he’s a pro.

Ready to get started! You can see sweet little baby I down in the right corner. Miss H adores her.

Z adding in the brown sugar.
Ready to mash up some bananas.
See? Z is a pro. Look at the double hand action going on there. Ash on the other hand…not so sure about this whole banana smashing.
Almost done! Little D joined us for the rest of our time πŸ™‚
While we waited we colored B sheets, read “Hooray for Bread!” and played.
I love this picture.
Worth the wait πŸ™‚

Thanks Hannah and crew for having us! We hope to team up more for our “school”! If you’ve not been over to Hannah’s blog, please do. She’s so eloquent with her words. Her last post got my eyes teary. I just love her heart for Jesus, her husband, and her kids. We like doing life with their family!

Tomorrow is Thinking of Others Thursday…maybe I’ll start calling it TOOT day. I just LOL’d πŸ˜€  TOT day sounds better tho ;-D We will do a few preschool things, but I have to get us ready for our little out of town trip this weekend. So our school might be cut short.

Only two days left until A&H turn 3. Tomorrow I plan on posting about each of them, from my heart. I feel I’m not like most moms in the fact that I enjoy my kids getting older. Every year they communicate better, understand more, and ask more questions. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved certain things about every stage of  their lives thus far, but when Nathan & I obeyed the Lord in having kids, I never thought much about the baby stage. I always pictured kids in my mind. I feel like that’s so backwards in today’s society. Engagement is all about wedding planning, not marriage planning. Pregnancy is all about being pregnant and focusing on gathering baby items (not that those aren’t important!), not on raising kids that will one day be adults. I feel like I’ve seen too many couples become blindsided by martial issues because they didn’t prepare for there to be hard times. Too many parents blindsided by disobedient, disrespectful children because they only pictured a little baby when they were planning for a family and didn’t plan for discipline. Now I’m not saying we’ve done everything right. There’s many times when I live only in the present and don’t look ahead. When I become easily annoyed with my kids and I don’t ask Jesus to deliver me from the temptation of unrighteous anger. When I make an off-handed comment to someone without thinking instead of taking every word captive. When I think of myself more important than others instead of showing kindness and being others-focused. That is not living with a mind and heart focused on eternity. And I do believe that the Lord calls us to have a mind set on preparation, in many ways. We prepare for marriage by keeping ourselves only for our future spouse and by gathering wisdom from those who’ve walked that road awhile. We prepare for children by praying for them and we prepare them for adulthood by training them in righteousness. We prepare to spread the gospel by reading the Word and praying for those who don’t know Jesus. We prepare our hearts for His return. So I guess what I’m saying is, I’m preparing myself for this next year…year number 3 of our kids lives. I’m preparing for their questions. For their struggles. For their successes. For their joys, their defeats, their tears, their decisions. I’m preparing myself for my reactions. My attitude. My failures. My successes. How my marriage will be effected by two 3 year olds. And how my walk with Jesus and prayer life will grow. So many things to prepare for…how could I not look forward to age 3? πŸ™‚

I didn’t intend to dive in to all that when I started my post…but there it is.
Press on!

Jaimi

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