So this school year I had great and amazing plans to do awesome themed preschool activities with my two little girls. I was going to do fun printables, sensory tubs, and themed games with them for a short time each day. Well, life happened and I got tired of searching Pinterest for new ideas and I didn’t feel like cutting things out, laminating them, and pulling together items for sensory bins.
Confession: I just got tired and lazy. I didn’t want to do preschool things.
Let’s be honest – sometimes those preschool games get boring. Sometimes you don’t want to cut out more paper and sometimes you don’t want to scour the internet for new ideas.
I quit on preschool this year!
And it made me feel awful….
So, here’s what I did instead:
I instituted a short game time every morning after breakfast. Once breakfast was finished the kids ran upstairs to brush teeth and make beds while I finished up dishes. Then they were in charge of choosing a game (one that was appropriate for all of us to play together. In other words, NOT Monopoly or Ticket to Ride).
After they agreed on a game (or fought over the game choice and then I made the final decision…), they were in charge of setting it up to play. By that time, I was upstairs and ready to begin.
Then it was time to play our game together for 30 minutes. It became the perfect start to our homeschool day and was a fun time with the preschoolers because we played games that allowed them to fully participate.
So, my modified schedule went like this:
- School with Curly in the early morning
- A short school time with Tiger before breakfast
- Game time
- School time with Bee
- More school with Tiger
I wasn’t an amazing preschool teacher this year but we did have lots of fun together and learned valuable lessons about taking turns and being a gracious even when you lose.