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January brought a lot of big changes for our family. We got settled into a new house (we moved to Maryland right before Christmas!) and Anneliese started school. I also started a new blog, So Damn Domestic, and have been working really hard on that. Well, it’s a lot. And in order to keep it all together, we need to make sure to have plans for how things will work throughout the day.

One thing I’ve REALLY been enjoying in this house is having the kids work on projects on the other side of the counter, while I cook (if Anneliese isn’t already in the kitchen cooking with me). So having lots of little projects to grab is really really helpful.

I went to the Dollar General to stock up on some project materials for this purpose. First, I grabbed several containers and sticks of glue. My three year old has been really into cutting and gluing works, and even getting to do it at school isn’t enough for her. She wants to do more when she comes home! So we were almost out of glue.

I also got some dry erase stuff – a letter/number/shape practice pad and a large story board, plus the markers of course. And a package of sentence strips (not dry erase).

Anneliese has been loving the letter/number/shape practice book, and Joseph has a lot of fun with the big board (hey, even just holding a pen and scribbling builds great motor skills and coordination! Plus it’s fun!) But I think my most clever little project from this batch was the way I used the sentence strips.

I asked Anneliese what she wanted me to write on them, and I did so in permanenet marker. Then, I gave her a clean dry paintbrush for painting over each letter. She concentrated deeply while she made each word with her imaginary paint. And it kept her very busy while I prepared our dinner!

It’s always great to have some little projects or tasks in your back pocket for times like these. What are your favorite quick activities?

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4 Comments on January Means (Back?) to School!

  1. We love playing with legos for hours and hours in my house, I also love this idea of crafting while I cook!

    • Crafting during cooking dinner works out SO well… they’re right there for me to help and observe, and they can see me and ask me questions, and learn about cooking all at the same time.

  2. Susan b says:

    Perfect post for me because my daughter started preschool this month as well! We do not have a Dollar General, but I picked up some similar items at Dollar Tree. Just need to go back for the sentence strips. I love the school aisle & dollar stores!

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