So we did the activity together. He needed some help remembering the order, but matched the days no problem on his own. After that, he suddenly wanted to do some activities! (Cards from Christian Preschool Printables)
I've seen this idea on several different blogs, including Counting Coconuts (love that blog!), so I thought we'd try it. Alexander really enjoyed this, and it was great to see him concentrating so long and using those fine motor skills! It was actually quite tricky for him, and he nearly gave up at one point, but there's nothing better than having your own cheer squad!
(Isabel, clapping for her hero, Alexander! "Yay Alexander!")By now, he was unstoppable. He was onto patterning work (again from Confessions of a Homeschooler), which was way too easy...
...then onto tonging stones, which he really enjoyed.
He had a great time matching colour "tablets" (I made these out of felt. Do they have to be wooden? I'm not so sure...), and we talked about the names (he still mixes black and white, and calls grey "brown"). He was having a super time by now!
Finally, as he started to show less interest in the shelves, I introduced him to the sand tray! I knew this would be a hit, as this boy has been "writing" on everything (including the condensation on the side of the water bottle at dinner time and in the ketchup on his plate!). I was right...he loved it! Isabel sat patiently (uncharacteristic for her!) waiting for her turn, and then had a blast "writing" just like her big brother.
Alexander learnt a lot that morning, but honestly I think I learnt even more. About being flexible, being patient, and not trying to reach a perfect ideal. About the power of forgiveness and a little "yay Alexander" from time to time. About how even my children can focus and concentrate for an hour and a half on different activities, and how much fun learning can be when it's a partnership instead of a dictatorship. Above all, I was reminded of just how precious this little boy is to me, and what a privilege it is to be his mum and to be a huge part of his learning journey. I'm very blessed indeed! The best part of it? Hearing him ask if we can do preschool again tomorrow!