Aside from continuing to build and paint furniture for the school/playroom, I am also attempting to make calendars and daily schedules for the circle time area. What is circle time, you ask? Honestly, I had no clue before 5 days ago. My mother-in-law, who has probably 20 years teaching experience, asked me if I was going to have circle time with Merrick and I replied with a very hesitant, "Ummmm...." She was less than satisfied with my answer, I think.
Thankfully, she was kind enough to fill me in. It's pretty simple, I think. And, I'm thrilled because my MIL thinks my 2 year old twins will be able to participate in this part of our school day. Basically, the children sit in a semi-circle. We have two different calendars on the wall which we use to talk about the day of the week, the weather of the day, and our daily schedule. We can even add in a few of our own twists, like the scripture of the day. Also, my mother in law gave me a little picture book with classroom rules that we're supposed to read together everyday (and focus on one guideline every day).
Mari-Ann over here at Counting Coconuts has some great input on how she does circle time with her son. Here's a pic of her homemade calendar:
Although I've seen many calendars for this purpose online, I just have to make my own! I am waaaay too picky about stuff like that, especially when it's going to be hanging up on a wall in my home.
Here are a couple of pictures of the beginnings of our felt daily schedule tool. I'll post again once it's finished.
I'm trying not to be too particular about the schedule "ornaments." I have a tendency to be a little too perfectionist-y over stuff like this, but I'm trying to relax a little bit and just have fun with these.
Can't wait to show you the finished product!