Welcome to my February update in my ongoing monthly series covering Tee’s first year of preschool. This month’s theme was hearts – hearts for Valentine’s Day and hearts for Heart Month.
For show and tell this month Tee brought some of her Star Wars figures to the astonishment of her teacher. No surprise here though. Tee’s been a fan for a long time. She even picked out Star Wars valentines to hand out for Valentine’s Day, along with little jars of Play-Doh and these homemade “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” tags.
This month Tee’s been focusing on language skills. She’s mastered all her letter sounds now and likes to trace each sandpaper letter with her finger while she says the matching sound. She’s still practicing her spelling, and about half the time can spell simple three letter words like cat and mud. Tee has also been keeping a daily “journal” where she practices her writing by tracing a letter of the day. I’ve noticed an improvement in her writing, and even strangers are able to decipher most of her letters.
Tee has a new song in her repertoire that she likes to sing (over and over again) to the tune of Oh My Darling, Clementine.
“What’s the weather, what’s the weather?
What’s the weather like today?
Is it sunny? Is it cloudy?
Is it raining out today?”
February is Heart Month, and Tee’s class has been learning about healthy foods and heart health. They’ve been doing yoga a couple of times a week, and Tee’s collecting pledges for a Heart and Stroke Foundation Kids Walk for Heart next month promoting active living and healthy eating among children. (And of course by that I mean I’m hitting up family members for cash.)
Arts & Crafts
Lots of heart-themed crafts this month of course. I was kind of excited to receive my very first macaroni craft ever! There’s just something official about the classic glued macaroni craft, you know?
Her First Crush
Speaking of matters of the heart, a little boy in her class has a crush on Tee. They play together every day, and apparently he kissed her on the cheek the other day. Oh my! They’re only three! I know it’s normal, but I don’t think I’m ready for this yet. I asked if she was comfortable with his friendship, and she said she likes him because he’s her friend. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, so I guess I’ll just check in with her casually once in a while to make sure she feels okay with everything.
Have you encountered a budding preschool romance? How did you handle it?