Preschool Years at Home

Laughing, Loving, and Learning Together

And We’re Back!

on July 22, 2013

After a web host failure, a server back-up failure, and a long night of nail-biting apprehension, Preschool Years at Home is back online, complete and unscathed.

Unfortunately, the mama who stayed up until 1 a.m. pounding her keyboard and pacing the floor (and who foolishly checked in at 2:30 a.m., 4:20 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to see whether service had been restored) wasn’t quite so “complete and unscathed” today. Add in a morning coffee fail, an accidentally flushed roll of toilet paper, a broken toilet, and an emergency call to maintenance, and the casual reader might accurately surmise that today didn’t exactly follow the oh-so-cherished rhythm/routine espoused by Rudolf Steiner.

Truth be told, the first two hours of the day were sheer bedlam. By 10 or so, however, tears had been dried, hugs exchanged, and grace both given and received. None of us were mentally up to the challenge of school, but we were ready to regroup. So we piled into the recliner with Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose Book and Thomas the Tank Engine Collection, and spent the rest of the morning simply reading and enjoying each another’s company.

Lunch, play time, and screen time followed. (Yes, I allowed Dinosaur Train and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to trump “real” work. Oh, the horror!) Then, our dear maintenance lady showed up to fix the broken toilet, and I quickly discovered that both girls were far more interested in seeing a plumbing snake in action than in doing school with Mommy or watching whatever came on after dinosaur train.

… We finally got into some semblance of “routine” about 4 p.m. That said, both girls were actually focused and content to begin school work eight hours later than usual. Despite our late start …

  • we completed two pages of The Reading Lesson;
  • Little Bear read Bear Hugs and Dragon Egg aloud;
  • we completed Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write, Grade K Unit 3; Little Bear practiced identifying subjects and predicates in sentences, she differentiated between complete and incomplete sentences, and she spelled all of the /-in/ words included in the unit correctly. Most exciting of all to Mommy was the fact that she completed five pages of written work of her own volition and without complaint. Major progress!

Moving on to our current ocean theme study …

  • both girls differentiated between continents and oceans on our map and globe.


  • Little Bear located and correctly identified all five oceans on both the map and the globe.
Little Bear locates the Pacific Ocean.

Little Bear locates the Pacific Ocean.

Identifying the Indian Ocean ...

Identifying the Indian Ocean …

  • Little Bear used Magnatiles to show the relationship between land and water coverage of the Earth.
If our planet were reduced to four magnetic squares, ocean water would cover nearly three of them.

If our planet were reduced to four magnetic squares, ocean water would cover nearly three of them.

  • We shared the following ocean-themed read-alouds:

A gentle wind creates gentle surface currents.

A gentle wind creates gentle surface currents.

A strong wind creates forceful surface currents.

A strong wind creates forceful surface currents.

I realized at the end of the day that we had never gotten to math. Oops! Still, we survived the day. We had fun even. And we learned a few things along the way. All in all, not too bad for a Monday!

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