It is officially time to start Buddy with a structured preschool curriculum. He is definitely ready to get going. He asks everyday to do his schoolwork, which right now consists of pulling out some workbooks and setting him loose. He really enjoys coloring, scissors, and glue. He loves to use a pencil as well. I think he feels like a big boy when he gets his pencil out. I do have a workbox for him filled with fun things for him to do. I just have not organized it yet because I am still in the process of figuring out how I want his to function. The girl's workboxes work well for them, but I am not sure this same system will work for Buddy. I want to add some structure to his school time, just not too much. I still want him to be able to have fun and enjoy his day. Buddy is a very active little boy with a wonderful imagination. I never know who he is from one minute to the next. He can be Captain Hook, Batman, Superman, or a GI Joe all in one day. I love when he comes up to me and says, "who am I Mommy." I then proceed to name off people until I hear "Yes" and off he goes.
I am leaning toward taking a Montessori approach with Buddy. He is very creative and I want to encourage him to continue with his creativity. I also want to include some traditional aspects of preschool as well. Buddy wants to school with the girls, but this can be difficult as he loves to talk. I would like to be able to add some time for him to be with the girls. A thought I have is to do an informal circle time, or rather floor time with all the kids and giving Tay the responsibility of being a helper. I think they will enjoy this. I have looked at some great curriculum providers online, but am unable to make a decision. I tend to over think things frequently and this is one of those times. I have found wonderful Montessori activities over at LivingMontessoriNow.com . I am also looking into ABC Jesus Loves Me.
As you can see this is still a work in progress. If any of you know of or use a great preschool curriculum, please let me know. I would really like to see what is working for others.