The big kids started back to homeschool co-op this morning. They were crazy excited. I’m pretty sure they were up at 6 am. They appeared downstairs at seven, dressed and already wearing their backpacks.
This particular morning, Andrew was able to keep the Littles with him while I drove the “bus” to co-op. When I returned home, Finn was down for a nap but I was greeted on the front porch by two very excited little girls. “You come do something fun with us now, Mommy?”
And I realized that this co-op day is just as much for them as it is for the older kids. For five happy hours, they are the sole recipients of my attention. We do preschool things and they can talk as much as they want to me because I’m not trying to teach math or reading.
The volume in our house goes down and we take a slower pace. And inevitably, I feel brave enough to drag out the paints.
After our painting party, we had a dance party to their current favorite song from the Aristocats, “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat.”
I will spare you pictures of my crazy cat moves, but I sure wish I could record Mira singing every word, perfectly on pitch. The girl has pipes, y’all.
After our opening performance, I curled my little kittens up on the couch to watch Aristocats.
Just to continue the theme, I steamed some warm milk and added a hint of chocolate to their cups. Then we sat and watched their movie and drank our “creme de la creme” like the cats on TV.
When we signed up for co-op, I knew they would benefit from some focused Mommy time, but I didn’t really expect them to notice the difference in their days. Coming home to two wildly excited young ladies today made me realize that they treasure their Special Time and it’s up to me to intentionally make it special.
So, any ideas?
I’ve got a whole semester’s worth of Tuesday mornings to fill. What are your best preschool websites, craft ideas (NO GLITTER, PLEASE), or theme suggestions? We’re all ears…