Nolan woke up super early a few days ago and I wasn't ready to wake up just yet but knew I needed to soon! I asked him if he wanted to grab a few books and go in the bathroom and read while I took a shower. I said, "let's go get toasty warm in the bathroom" and he said "silly mom, toast is in the kitchen!!" and giggled his little head off. I kept saying "toasty warm" to hear his sweet little giggle!
The kiddos have been talking about baby non-stop lately. Here are some of my favorites.
- if I'm holding any baby, "that your baby"
- "mama, go to the store and get a baby"
- "tickle the baby" as he tickles my stomach
- "how can people who are not married have a baby?"
My answer was that some people choose not to be married before they have a baby. She thought that once you get married you just have a baby. Haha
- "I want to kiss the baby!"
- Alivia came downstairs after being put to bed and was almost in tears and said, "I'm so sad I can't come up with a baby name". She is so sweet!!
- she asks almost every day how many months until the baby comes!
I'm at it again! Last year, I didn't finish the year out because of sicknesses, the miscarriage, and we put Alivia in a pre-school 2 days a week. This year we are doing the same curriculum as last year, God's Little Explorers. So stinkin' cute! I really want to include Nolan in more of the activities this year. Last year he only did the art/craft activities but I want him to love learning, so he will be involved in everything except the reading readiness that I have planned for Alivia. I have everything ready for their 1st day of school tomorrow. My goal is just to make it fun and to be intentional about teaching them useful things. Be intentional about playing with them and loving them at this age.
I'll feel like I taught them well...
If they don't know how to read by kindergarten but they know God loves them! If they don't know simple math but they know we love them! If they don't know how to write well but they are polite, respectful, and kind to others. (It will be fantastic if they can read, write, and do simple math, but I'm not going to worry myself sick like I have in the past because ---->)
Teaching them kindergarten readiness is important but focusing on their quality characteristics, their fruit of the spirits, their everyday living is more important to us. We want them to enjoy childhood and not rush school on them. It's my job to make learning fun. So... I will teach them reading, writing, and arthmatic but I will focus on fun! I will make learning about God, learning every-day things, and learning about the fruit of the spirit more important then kindergarten readiness.