Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Preschool: Learning to write








My little soon to be kindergartener....wait where did the time go?!  It's crazy to think that my oldest will be starting kindergarten this Fall.  Or as she likes to say in 8 days!  Well anyways, since she started learning to write her letters she has loved to make lists, or write out people's names or just write down letters and try to make words.  Now that Peanut is starting to write too (seriously, they are growing so fast), we go through even more paper.  But, learning to write is HUGE.  I want my girls to be able to write and being able to learn to write on paper is a privilege, really it is.  So I don't want them to be wasting paper and I want them to see the value of using the paper that we have because it's a privilege to have it.

I don't know about you, but my girls love notebooks.  They get it from me I think, there's just something about having a notebook to jot down your thoughts, feelings, ideas etc. I have multiple notebooks.  I'm crazy and like to have a different notebook for each subject area of my life.  Well, my girls love notebooks too.  My oldest is always asking for a notebook to jot things down in or have for her stickers, yep she has a separate one just for stickers, she definitely takes after me.

So two things; first of all right now it's Back to School time and all those notebooks are on sale, whoot whoot!!  That's the best time to buy any of those school supplies that you need to stock up on throughout the year.  You can check out my Savings on office/school supplies here for more tips on that.  Secondly, how many of you use a notebook ALL THE WAY THROUGH?  Be honest, how many times do you have a notebook that you used for awhile for said event and then the rest is just left?  We have lots of notebooks, my husband kept ones from college and high school...yes high school!  But,  going back to teaching out kids not to be wasteful we have that paper instead of just throwing it out.

 We also use those notebooks in two different ways.  First we use them as spare paper, instead of buying loose leaf paper, we just use the extra out of the notebooks.  That way we are using what we have and not spending more money for one and not taking for granted what we have for another.  But the biggest way we reuse them is to let the girls have their own notebook.  They love this! They feel so adult having a notebook that they can write in.  Sometimes they use it to write names, other times to try to spell words, other times they get it out before we go shopping so they can make their grocery list too.  I mean the possibilities are endless and we are reusing something that might not have been used.  Plus they are learning too, I mean they are practicing writing their letters and writing without the sit down and practice.  This is something they enjoy doing and as a mom we are always looking for ways to help them learn as they play right?

So next time you have a notebook that you're done with see if your little preschooler/elementary kiddo would like to have it.  You'll be amazed at what they come up with to use it for.


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