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April 15th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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Fritz thinks he's as old as Ani and Cameron and insisted on having his own desk in our school area and doing stuff like the big ones do. So he has his "school" now. He's loving it. Of course it's all fun stuff, mostly reading books and crafts. The big ones help "teach" him.

For example, yesterday we read a story and he fingerpainted for the first time. He clapped when I taped it up on the wall lol Today I read him a poem in While We Were Very Young by AA Milne called Hoppity and he hopped around while I read it. Then the big kids took him out back and helped him gather some twigs and flowers and stuff and then came in and helped him make a collage of the stuff they collected. Then he picked a paint color and painted a rock. He thought that was hilarious for some reason.

It's fun and he's loving it. I got most of the ideas from http://www.letteroftheweek.com
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April 15th, 2008, 08:35 AM
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Awwww how cute!!!!
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April 15th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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So cute! I love that age! Everything is so magical to them.
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April 15th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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April 16th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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AWww.....that's so cute
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April 16th, 2008, 01:34 PM
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That is so neat!!
I found out a little while ago that the reason why the little one was so fussy and irritating during DS's schooltime was because he wanted in too! LOL So we've begun a few things with him as well. Nothing serious like you said, but crafts and coloring and things like that. I like the finger painting idea though I'm not sure I'm brave enough to do it yet!
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April 17th, 2008, 10:44 AM
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That's so cute!!
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April 17th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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You should totally try fingerpainting! Fritz LOVED it! It took a bit for me to convince him it was really okay to touch the paint, but then he had a ball. He also really liked painting with a brush. I got some HUGE brushes for toddlers so they are easy for him to hold. I think his favorite, though, is coloring. He just breaks the regular crayons so I got some chunky toddler ones and he just loves sitting and scribbling. He filled three pages before getting tired of it the other day.
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April 17th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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My boys love finger painting. Coloring not so much. Garrett enjoys eating the crayons more so than coloring with them. Painting with finger paints or regular paints and a brush is a big hit with both of my boys.

I'm glad Fritz is enjoying his school time so much!
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April 17th, 2008, 12:15 PM
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Oddly enough Fritz eats regular crayons but not the big chunky toddler kind.
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April 17th, 2008, 12:21 PM
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Where do you put them and how do you dress them for fingerpainting?


I remember fingerpainting with my oldest when he was about 2 on the kitchen floor and it was such a huge mess!!!
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Garrett isn't partial to size. He likes to eat them all. He's getting a little better with it. Eathan has never liked to color, so I don't bring out the crayons too often. When Garrett stops eating them I'll see if he enjoys coloring or not. I tried markers and he sucks on them. Crazy kid.
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April 17th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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I hated coloring as a kid. Still don't enjoy it. Neither of my big kids have either, but Cameron likes to draw a lot. I don't allow markers in my house lol Too many messes in the past!

I just put Fritz at his desk sitting in his chair, pushed up his sleeves, put a piece of paper with a little bit of fingerpaint on the paper in front of him and let him go to it. The paint is the washable kind of course so it didn't matter if he made a little mess. As soon as he was done I had a damp towel waiting to wash his hands and the table. If you want to escape the mess completely you can get Color Wonder fingerpaints. They are kind of expensive, though. Every once in a while Toys R Us has their Color Wonder stuff 50% off. That's when I buy it. I just can't bring myself to pay the normal price for them.
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April 17th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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We sit at the dining room table and I let them go at it. I give them little bits at a time on a plate so they don't have the whole jars or anything. I let them strip down or put on play clothes. I'm like Heather, it's washable so I don't worry too much. I have a rag or towel waiting too.
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April 17th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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Another place to let them finger paint is the bath tub. Of course the mess does spread further...I let Sarah do that again a couple of months ago and the purple stained an area so you do have to know your paints.
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That sounds like so much fun. It is making me want to start AJ on home school pre-school even more now.
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April 19th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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It's so funny! whenever I tried to get Miguel to finger paint he'd cry and cry. Maybe I'll try to see if he wants to now that he's not petrified of getting dirty.
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April 20th, 2008, 08:38 AM
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Aww, how cute! It'll be fun when Amelia is old enough to "do school" at the same time as Rachael. R used to love fingerpainting with pudding or yogurt on her high chair tray.
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April 20th, 2008, 08:22 PM
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Finger painting scares me with Aiden... I can just see it now... in his hair, all over his body (I'd make him do it in his diaper). He's just a messy kid.

Aiden likes to think he does school too. He must be learning something... he can count to 3 and says a few letters when Lucas is practicing letter recognition.
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