The school term is in full swing now. We have something going on every afternoon, which is great. It’s not super stressful stuff either which I like, I firmly believe that they are still little girls and there is no need to fill their days completely. There is time enough for that when they start big school.
That being said, whilst I thought I was being a very clever mommy and enrolling them both in dancing and both in swimming. I thought it would make my life easier in terms of location, timing, etc. BUT … as one is 5 and one is 3, they have been put in different classes based on their abilities, which does make sense, but the classes are not timed according to what suits ME best. I mean really, why didn’t they consult me before drawing up their schedules!
Now on Monday and Tuesday I sit for 1/2 an hour with one of the girls while the other dances, then on a Wednesday I sit for an hour, one dances first for 1/2 an hour, then the other dances next, also for 1/2 an hour. Thursdays is swimming, and again it’s one after the other, but fortunately they each share these lessons with friends of the same age so I get some adult conversation with the other mom who is a really lovely lady, and the gym provides a children’s play area so we make use of this for the girls who aren’t in the pool.
This has been going on for three weeks now, and we’ve exhausted all the usual games: I spy; go touch that pole; count to 100; what’s in mommy’s handbag; etc – you get my point. I also don’t know what parents did while waiting in cars/outside dance studios before Smart Phones were invented?! Okay, I know, they read books, you know – the ones printed on paper that don’t require batteries.
I digress – so yesterday I decided that I would go mad sitting for an hour trying to entertain them so I decided to print off some freebie letter worksheets for my eldest to try help her improve her writing skills. She LOVES stuff like that and it makes her feel so important. Of course I only decided to do this 20 minutes before the dance class was due to start so I quickly went onto Pinterest, found the first one that looked to be at her level, and frantically printed off worksheets for letters a to f (all I had time for), grabbed the clipboard I use for them on roadtrips and off we raced to dancing.
To say it was a hit is an understatement. The youngest also wanted to do it, which was a bit of a challenge as her sister had already done the worksheets but I managed to avert another threenager public meltdown by giving her a different colour pen and re-using the same worksheet. (Clearly I operate well under pressure!) They enjoyed them so much they even carried on with them when we got home.
This morning I decided I need to ‘strike while the iron is hot’ so I went back to the website I’d found in my rush yesterday and print off the rest of the letters. Having a bit more time to actually look around the website I am so impressed and inspired by all the free stuff that is on there. Not just free printables, but games, tasks, everything you can think of to help your preschool/nursery school child learn letters, numbers, writing, reading, spelling, etc. the list is endless!
It is called The Measured Mom and was created by Anna, a teacher turned SAHM of six!
Please check out her website if you need any of this stuff. There are freebies as well as a shop to buy more stuff. It’s aimed at moms, teachers, homeschool moms, really everybody who needs teaching aids for children!
I really can’t be more impressed! She’s also on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ – the links are on her website.
Please Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The site has a massive following already so they hardly need to be asking little old me for a write up!