Mid-day is a dance of me trying to get housework done while Everett alternates wanting my attention and running off to play. He's usually doing a lot of loose part play or small world play around this time, but he was really interested in some of the new shelf work. Some of it didn't get a second glance!
Everett eats like a hobbit. There was breakfast (today an apple), second breakfast (scrambled eggs), and he goes on to eat multiple snacks - elevenses (larabar), lunch (carrots and strawberries), and afternoon tea (cold pops). He'll eat dinner, his big meal of the day, between 4-5, and then a very small with us around 6:15.
I wish I was kidding.
I've learned to roll with it.
He often stops playing to help with housework. There are certain tasks I know he enjoys so I always let him know when those pop up. Sweeping dirt piles into the dust pan, feeding the dogs, folding kitchen towels, and putting shirts on hangers are some top favorites.
Shelf work is mainly interest led. I don't prepare a theme a week or any of that, we just put out materials that go with his interests. Right now he's into the earth. It's all about pointing out maps and globes. A sweet friend gifted him the continent globe last week, so we've been working on learning those. He REALLY loves the continent song. I recorded it on his tablet and it plays while he looks at those materials. @SharkWeek starts Sunday and he could not be more excited. We're talking about land animals and water animals, which blends nicely with the globe work. I put out a lot of ocean themed materials.
You will notice there's no letter work anywhere, which is unusual for a preschooler. We are following the Montessori method for letter learning, and it starts with learning phonetic sounds long before it introduces letters. He is not showing much interest so we aren't doing a lot of that yet. I have a whole post on my blog about the guide we're using for reading and writing. It's a great little Montessori book.
I'll try to post links to our materials tonight in my stories on @agrowingtime. Kayleigh