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Getting Ready For School Chart (Preschool Age) October 12, 2009

Filed under: kids activities,Lucas,Mommy Monday,Uncategorized — threeboysandcounting @ 2:21 pm

We have been struggling A LOT with getting Lucas ready for school in the morning.  His preschool starts at 8AM (I know PAINFUL).  It is most difficult on the days when I have to load up all 3 kiddos to drive Lucas across town and drop him off.  On my lucky days, my hubby is able to take him, BUT when he takes him, he has to drop Lucas off about 15-20  minutes early (they have an extended care option).  So that makes the “getting ready for school” struggle even worse.  I have to wake Lucas 15 minutes earlier than usual, and get him MOVING so my hubby is not late for work. Long story short, most mornings involve a lot of whining on Lucas’ part, a lot of barking and yelling on my part, and a lot of foot stomping (on both of our parts).

I have been thinking and praying a lot about how to make our mornings more enjoyable and go much more smoothly.  I worked for a couple of hours last night making this guy:

preschoolgettingreadyforschoolchartThere are 5 envelopes, each with a piece in it for the steps that Lucas needs to do to get ready for school in the morning (in order).  This can be modified to your particular child’s needs.  For Lucas: his steps include eat breakfast, go potty, get dressed, brush teeth and hair and wash face, put on shoes.  When he finishes a step he puts the piece (attaches with velcro) on his chart.  Don’t ask me why I made the “Potty” step a choo choo train.  I didn’t really want to put a toilet on his chart, and I wanted it to be noticeable because this step usually involves the most whining (for whatever reason) from Lucas.  I figure he can go over some letters/spelling each morning and should know how to spell the word “potty” before the school year is over! ha!  Here is the chart all done:

preschoolgettingreadyforschoolchartalldoneLucas seems pretty pumped about this. My hope and theory is that he maintains an element of control with getting ready for school in the morning, he can go over and take each step out of the envelope and see for himself what he needs to do. I introduced it today, we’ll actually do the chart tomorrow.


Keeping Busy October 6, 2009

Filed under: kids activities,Lucas,Spirited Children — threeboysandcounting @ 10:11 am

I have been slacking a little with keeping my spirited child busy…partly because of the demands of my now 8 month old….he is getting into everything and having tons of separation anxiety. Partly because I have been exhausted lately. And partly because I have been just plain lazy.  Lucas tends to do better when I keep him as busy as possible from task to task…probably because he doesnt’ have time to get bored and think of ways to annoy me or get into trouble!

Today, I thought I would start off just by spending a little time learning letters.  We’ll start with letter “A” since I know he is also covering that in school. I am stealing these ideas from No Time For Flashcards here (scroll down to her discovery box idea) and here. If you have never perused this web site and you have kids, you should definitely check it out. I steal tons of ideas for activities and crafts with my kids from this site!

wish me luck!


Spirited Children October 5, 2009

Filed under: Lucas,Mommy Monday,Spirited Children — threeboysandcounting @ 9:26 pm

I don’t know how many of you have heard the term “Spirited Child.” But Lucas DEFINITELY falls into this category.  If you have a spirited child, you know exactly what I am talking about. To quote Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, “The word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is more. They are normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, and uncomfortable with change than other children. All children possess these characteristics, but spirited kids posess them with a depth and range not available to other children.  Spirited kids are the SUPER BALL in a room full of rubber balls.  Other kids bounce three feet off the ground. Every bounce for a spirited child hits the ceiling.”

This describes our first born EXACTLY. He is my child who demands the most of me in time, energy, patience, and pretty much everything. Most days at some point he makes me crazy, makes me want to pull my hair out.  He is incredible, and I love him, but it is often difficult to ENJOY him. I am on a mission now to find resources out there to help me parent this spirited child so that we can all enjoy him more because he truly is worth enjoying!

To start off on y mission, I am reading the above mentioned book.  I will keep you posted on our progress. To keep it real, this has come about after a difficult weekend with Lucas.  Sometimes, he actually makes me not want to stay at home. I know that is HORRIBLE  to say, but he definitely tries my patience. However, I have hope that we can find a way to tame him, without taming his spirit. 🙂