We are spending yet another day cooped up inside, with most of the blinds drawn to keep out the heat. They’ve forecasted today’s high at 105, and it almost always goes hotter than they predict. By the 3 or 4 o’clock, it’s always time to lie down under a fan and relax because the inside temp has climbed to 80 or 81. We are blessed that it only gets that hot, I know, but it’s still uncomfortable. I’m watching the weather obsessively lately, in hopes that relief is coming. It finally is! We are supposed to drop to the 80′s next week. I can hardly wait.
Even though we’ve been indoors almost exclusively, we’ve found lots of fun and educational things to do. One thing we’ve been doing is school. I haven’t been as structured with it as I was the first week, but I’m still trying to carve out a little time each day or so to work on school things with the kids.
In the past, I’ve scoured the internet for preschool printables for Jacob. There are some great freebies out there. Lately, though, I’ve been coming up with things on the fly for his tracing sheets. The method is super simple, but I thought it was worth sharing here.
I pick a light colored marker, like yellow, and simple draw whatever letters and numbers he’s supposed to trace. But instead of drawing a solid line, I just make lots and lots of dots. It doesn’t take very long, and he loves tracing over them.
I’ve also been making lots of paper books, using the origami-like folding method shown here. You can join multiple ones together with thread very easily by stacking one open book on another and stitching the middle.
Taylor also enjoys these little books. She is actually good enough at writing now to write her own simple stories in them and illustrate them.