This post could also be titled "What We DIDN'T Do This Week..."
It was a bit of a difficult week. I got hit with a nasty little virus that left me with a really sore throat and some chest congestion. It always amazes me how something like a sore throat and a little congestion can really drag me down. And, of course, by the end of the week the twins were showing symptoms of the same. So, even though our letter was T, and our theme was "Transportation" (a theme I was REALLY excited about, by the way), we didn't have the energy to do a whole lot this week...
Painting with cars - roll their wheels in paint, and see the patterns!
For me, the most difficult part of the week was the inner struggle between perfectionist me (the part of me that always feels like I'm not doing ENOUGH...granted, that part of me is rarely quiet or satisfied...), and realistic me (the part of me that is rationally able to assess the situation and know what is actually vital). I felt disappointed that we weren't doing all of the cool things I planned, and dissatisfied with the effort I gave. But I also felt really crummy and knew that I needed to put my energy toward the necessities...and that was okay. As my friend (a director of a Montessori preschool herself) told me today, "There are no problems in preschool. Missing a day, or a month, will not matter." And it wasn't like we did nothing...
A finished masterpiece!
We did watch more tv than I normally allow. Even the twins didn't have the energy to keep going. I found some really awesome transportation themed movies at our library. The Best of All About has a really great transportation themed dvd - and my kids watched each of the different segments several times each. It was really informative, so I felt comforted that they were getting something! I also found a sing along transportation dvd. What I thought were "good finds" that we would watch a time or two ended up being heaven sent blessings!
Kept them entertained for an hour straight! And they cleaned their toys! And my floor got mopped!
We did do our worksheets each day (to practice writing the letter), and we reviewed our memory verse (Trust in the Lord with all your heart). They took turns "reading" their turtle book (I say "reading" because it mostly used the 2 sight words they have learned - "see" and "the" - along with pictures of the turtle. Ex. I see the happy turtle - with a picture of a happy turtle). To summarize: sickness happened, but education and fun happened as well.
And, if nothing else, I'm pretty sure their cars and airplanes enjoyed the bath...