I remember how my mom would prepare activity sheets for me and my sisters using those blue-red-blue lined paper. We'd fill it up with spirals and zig zag lines then proudly bring it back to her. Looking back, I can see how it's such a simple trick to get kids to sit still for a few minutes and do something "educational".
These days I'm always at used bookstores and once, after I'd checked every children's book in one shelf, I ventured on to the next one and saw this:
I'd made worksheets for my nephew (and even for his cousins) before. Since I have no background in early childhood education, I used the internet to come up with those. I thought this book would make things simpler for me when Marion got to the age of around 3 or 4 to start doing seatwork. (I really didn't know when kids started doing or learning these things.)
At the end of her first term in school, I was quite surprised when Marion brought home some worksheets with similar exercises from the book.
Oh! She can do these things already. (Yes, I didn't know exactly what she'd be doing in school. I thought these were for the older kids lang. ;p)
So I gave her and yaya this book to play around with. She loved it! She would insist on doing seatwork so much that we had to remind her that seatwork was only for during the day and not during bedtime. Her favorite thing to do is tracing. She's not too crazy about coloring though so our coloring books aren't as filled out as the workbooks.
I got her these also:
And since she's going through these so fast, to save/recycle and hopefully use again... I shamelessly took the other books to UP Diliman shopping center to be photocopied.
Here she is with Teacher Yaya.
And here she is on the floor. I had to print these for her so she'd leave me alone to do my work in front of the computer. (I just googled "handwriting practice worksheets" to create our own.)
I hope she'll continue to enjoy doing "school work" and to think of it as fun and play. :-)