Catherine wanted to wear her school uniform on the first day. I told her she could wear whatever she wanted, but she said it was Monday so she would wear her uniform. Interestingly, she has chosen to wear regular clothes the other days.
I created a cubby system for them. Each child has a column of cubbies and each cubby has a different topic (Writing, Reading, Math, Science, History). For Sabrina the cubbies included Coloring, Cutting, Numbers, Letters. Here they are when I introduced them to the cubby system:
The most fun thing the girls did the first day was called "Big Project." They each cut out a bunch of cards with letters, words and pictures for some Christmas vocabulary. Then they glued them on to construction paper. I had Catherine glue them in alphabetical order, to strengthen that skill. (Can you see Sabrina's shapes on her bulletin board?)
I had the tissue box on the table because Catherine was congested. The poor thing actually threw up at least once a day and three times on one day. We are still trying to figure out how to feed her during the day in such a way that she can keep it all down.
Day One I guess was a success. The girls seemed to enjoy it. Sabrina especially thinks school is "fun." She does a little end-zone dance after she finishes a worksheet.
Both kids love having me there. They will give me a hug after every worksheet. During her math worksheets, Catherine actually wanted to hug me between every problem. At this point they do not work independently at all. They want me to help them through everything. I am hoping this will improve, but it may take quite some time before it improves.