In My Heart Book Craft – Happy Gram

We are loving this In My Heart Craft! It's so fun to take someone a happy gram. Make one too!

We are loving this In My Heart Book Craft! It’s so fun to take someone a happy gram and teach my preschooler about feelings. Make one too!

My son has a hard time reading emotions on other people’s faces. So, I try to find books about emotions that will keep his attention and teach him about them.

I came across the book In My Heart – A Book of Feelings By Jo Witek.

I love the simplicity of the book and the color choices. It’s bright and uses white space, so it’s not overwhelming for my son. It describes each feeling in simple words my son is able to connect with and understand. My hope is that if he understands the feelings he feels, he will be able to recognize them in others.

Of course, reading a book is great! Especially, when it’s so cute. But, at our house, we love going beyond the book and extend learning and fun.

If you haven’t noticed yet (tehe), my friend Beth (from Days with Grey) and I have been teaming up each month to provide a book and a craft/activity that you can do with your kiddos to help prepare them for story retelling.

They absolutely don’t have to master the skill now. But, introducing them to the idea is a great way for them to have a great kindergarten year.

You can see a couple of our past Book Box Story Retells here: Room on The Broom, Dragons Love Tacos, The Watermelon Seed.

But, back to In My Heart. We made a Happy Gram to spread happiness to someone else. Check it out!

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Preschool at Home – Day 2

Our Second Day of Preschool at Home. Using materials at home. Includes a lesson plan.

Our Second Day of Preschool at Home. Here are the materials we used and the lesson plan. We used things we had around the house. The simpler the better!

We started preschool at home on Monday (which went really well). You can read all about what we did on Monday at Our First Day of Preschool at Home. Wednesday still went well, but my kiddos got tired half way through.

I had to remind myself that we are easing our way into a schedule. So, if the kiddos get tired, we rest. No big deal. We can pick up after everyone is rested.

To be candid, I was tired too. So, a break was great!

Our break consisted of watching 2 episodes of Monster Math Squad on Netflix and eating a snack. They were still learning, but it was a break from planned activities.

We have a few favorite learning shows on Netflix. I will have to do a post about that for you all.

After they rested we picked back up and they were happy to keep going! So, a reminder for me (and maybe you too) is: you might have a plan for the day, but things don’t always go as planned. And that’s okay.

I will let you know below the point where the kiddos got tired.

Here is our second day of preschool at home:

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Our First Day of Preschool at Home

I am sharing our first day of preschool at home. We used materials we had at home. It required very little prep. Keeping it simple and fun!

I’m sharing our first day of preschool at home. We used materials we had at home. It required very little prep. Keeping it simple and fun!

We did our first day of preschool at home on Monday! I was so nervous. I had no idea how it was going to go. Was  my son going to like it?

He did! Whoo hoo! Mom win!

I decided to call it Mikey’s Preschool. Naming it after him, made it really special. When, I would announce the  next activity and say it was for Mikey’s Preschool, he wanted to do the activity even more.

I really wanted to keep it simple (meaning: using things I had around the house, doing familiar activities, incorporating life skills and making it fun). Keeping it simple was less stress on me and didn’t make it feel like a chore for him.

Plus, we are easing our way into a routine for preschool. So, for now, we are doing preschool on Monday’s and Wednesday’s for 3-4 hours.

So, Sunday night I sat down and planned Monday out on a piece of paper using a kindergarten-ready checklist I found on Teaching Mama. This gave me a base to work off of to plan activities and make certain I am prepping my son for kindergarten with the activities we do.

Here is the plan I came up with:

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