Every morning last spring my little man bounced from one toy to the next; looking for something to take his full attention to. When he couldn’t find something to challenge him, he would come to me. Toys strewn across the house and a toddler at my heel I was at a lost. I talked to family and friends and we realized: Z was ready for preschool.

I thought it was crazy; he wasn’t even two! But he needed structured focused activities and my attention in the mornings.

I had never planned on doing any form homeschooling so I was unprepared. I shared all this with a friend of mine who home schools her two boys, their youngest just a few months older than Z. She offered for us to join them once a week for preschool activities. I was relieved.

One day a week the boys get together to do experiential learning activities based on a monthly theme. Z and I were able to join in for one unit last spring on bugs.

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They dug through slime with their hands to find bugs. Slapped the correct chalk letter bugs with a flyswatter. They did bug scavenger hunts outside and caught caterpillars.

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They learned about the different parts of bugs on coloring sheets and made bugs with tissue paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. They even made ladybug cracker snacks.

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On the other mornings, Z and I would read books about bugs. Play with plastic bugs by putting them in play dough, tracing them, hiding them around the house and finding them. (There were a few times I got scared by a usually large spider when cleaning at the end of the day).

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I also drew different bugs in chalk outside and we marched like ants, buzzed like bees, flew like butterflies and zig zagged like fireflies.

Z loved every moment of it. And I was grateful that he was no longer calling every bug “bee!

What is your relationship with bugs? Love them . . .hate them? Or are you the “you say away from me I’ll stay away from you” type?

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