The first thing that came to mind when coming up with activities for the ‘F’ day of our August Alphabet Challenge was FUN! Since we have started this challenge just 5 short days ago, Connor asks me every morning, “Mommy, are we going to work on a letter today?” and I can tell he is desperately hoping I say yes. I love the big smile that comes across his face when he gets that affirmation. Sometimes it’s also met with a “cool” or an “oh yah!”
While the August Alphabet Challenge obviously focuses on teaching your children their letters and sounds, an even more significant aspect of the challenge is being actively involved in your kid’s day. Yes, it takes some preparation on our part as a mom and I have often shrugged away from doing activities like this because it puts another item on my to-do list.
What I’m learning from our August Alphabet Challenge is that this time with my boys is priceless. It beats anything I could’ve scratched off my to-do list. It is worth all the prep time. It is worth all the clean-up time. Watching their faces light up with anticipation as I squeeze our day’s color palette onto the paint tray is just awesome. Seeing their imagination come to life on a blank sheet of paper is delightful. Shutting out everything else that could be a distraction and just focusing on these sweet little boys for 15-30 minutes is absolutely precious. These are the memories your children are going to carry with them. When I think back to my own childhood, my fondest moments with my mom are when she would sit and hold me and read to me.
I want to be the kind of mom that has no regrets when the kids are grown up. I want my boys to know how much I love them, not just because I tell them, but by my actions. I want them to remember, “my mom took time for me.” I want their memories to be of the fun moments we spent together. So today, don’t worry about dishes. Don’t fret about the dust or the piles or laundry. Today, just go have FUN with your kids and make some lifelong memories!
Our journey of fun on the August Alphabet Challenge!
‘A’ day = Tracing letters & coloring the coloring sheet, making Alien Masks, airplane throwing (which got beat out by reading books), and reading “Aliens Love Underpants”!
Our ‘B’ day was a blast! Tracing & coloring the letter sheet and bubble wrap & brush painting!
‘C’day was crazy fun! The coloring page, handprint caterpillars, and trying coconut milk (Connor wasn’t a fan, Dylan liked it though. Surprisingly, it was better than drinking it straight from the coconut like we tried in Hawaii.)! Plus, the boys read their ‘B’ books and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” before bed with Daddy!
I went into forgetful mode on our ‘D’ day. I stayed up so late working on our activities to post about the letter ‘E’ that I still had it on my mind when I woke up. So… we had green eggs and a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham” with our friends for breakfast on our ‘D’ day! Oops! And with all the fun we had with our friends, we are combining our dot craft with our ‘E’ day. Keep watching!