We’re not sending Grace to preschool this year, even though we’ve been asked more and more recently. I want another year with her home, and the whole not-potty-trained yet thing is another factor. I did acquire some little preschoolish workbooks and activity ideas that I plan on using with her over the next year though. She loves doing little projects and needs a bit more structure. Plus, she seems to behave a bit better if I give her some undivided attention for awhile, so during a lot of Sophie’s morning naps, I suppose that is what we’ll be doing.
You know that thing where you read a children’s book together, then do an activity or have a snack that goes with it? Like, you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then eat a bunch of fruit or leaves or whatever that worm eats? Well, I always thought that it would be a cute idea, but usually don’t plan very far ahead, so it never happens. And then, Grace received a book for her birthday that I knew I could make work.
So, we read the book (we love the Pigeon books here!) and got to work. I used Phoebe Buffay’s grandmother’s recipe (from the French Nestlé Toulouse), only I left nuts out of half of them. Grace was thrilled to assist, except when I used the mixer, when she promptly ran to the safety of the living room because she is a weenie who is afraid of appliances that make noise.
She does, however, enjoy the benefits of the mixer once it’s unplugged:
Grace loved the little baking chemistry lesson, and was excited to eat her cookie sans nuts like the duckling in the story. I was happy to satisfy my craving for a really good chocolate chip cookie. Tonight’s schedule? A physics lesson in the form of Lego building and destruction. In the meantime, I’m doing my best not to eat these all in one sitting. Wish me luck.