I gotta say that I am loving doing preschool with the boys. They love love love their "school work" and are so smart and fun and curious. It's my favorite part of our day and they beg for it. These pictures are random and do not necessarily follow any theme that we are working on. I've been doing a lot more fine motor practice with both boys lately. Since they are beginning to write and trace and color more I want to help make sure their hands and fingers are strong enough to do the things in which I am asking them to do. James loves to write, but no amount of writing practice will start helping his hand writing if I don't strengthen his hand muscles at the same time. He does do tracing and coloring practice, but we also do alot of playdoh (squeezing and molding the doh helps build muscle), a lot of cutting, a lot of gripping: tongs, colors, utensils, etc., and a lot of small parts manipulation toys.
Don't underestimate the power of a toy with small parts. So many parents want toys that aren't messy or that don't have small parts. Well your child needs those types of toys to help them with their fine motor skills. If you are working with your child at home there are going to be messes. Just teach your child how to clean up after themselves and you'll be fine. (there's my soap box now back to the pictures)
She also just turned 6 months old so we got to celebrate her 1/2 birthday with her. Yay!!!