What is preschool really? I mean, I don’t remember that being a thing when I was growing up. Now it’s like, 2yo preschool, 3yo preschool, 4yo preschool, pre-K, then kindergarten? Do they get some kind of tiny degree in potty mechanics after that?
Peer pressure yadda yadda, we jumped off that bridge with everyone else. But we’re doing it homeschool style this year, and here are some of our faves that we’re using.
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A Child’s World: I decided that if I’m really going to do this, I’m going to need a curriculum for el primero rodeo. Could not love this one more. It’s all nature based, meaning the only materials we really need are things we can find outside (plus a few odds and ends that we have in house – I’ve never needed to make a special trip). Ipso Facto: I don’t need to plan ahead all that much.
Preschool Math at Home: While there is math involved in the curriculum in each theme unit, Ellen wanted a bit more math, and who am I to deny that weird, weird child? This book has super simple lessons that you do each day. Each activity requires little to no prep and only takes about five minutes.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: Ellen also wants to learn to read. We’ve done a good chunk of this book so far. I don’t think she is *quite* ready for it, but I bet in about three or four months, it will be perfect-town.
Spot It: We have the numbers and letters versions of this game. It worked wonders for letter and number recognition, and even though she knows them all now, Ellen still wants to play this daily.
Wipe Clean First Pen Control: Follow the dotted lines with a dry erase marker. Wipe clean when done. Keep marker away from 2yo and his mustachio-prone scribbles. Bingo Bango.
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What are your fave homeschool resources? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below. .
Mrs. Amen says
ABCmouse anyone? I resisted this site for ages, but I just signed up about 2 weeks ago as a way to “refresh” my son before going to school next week for 1st grade after homeschooling for Kindergarten. He LOVES it! And he is breezing right through it having fun. My 3yo is quite the little ABC mouser too. She has already gotten so much better at working the mouse to navigate around the page…and she can trace letters and color without making any mess at all. That’s probably my favorite part.
The kids in our district all get their own school issued iPads, and while I’m not loving that idea, it does seem to be where most schools, colleges and workplaces are headed…so technology on, I guess.
Ahhhh so great!! Will you show me sample pages from the Preschool Math at home?
Micaela @ California to Korea says
Oh, man! These are awesome recs! Would you mind if I linked them up to my homeschool link up? I’ve had lots of people asking about preschool stuff. :)
I think you are wise to wait a little while with the reading lessons. I thought my oldest was going to be a prodigy, and we did that book when she was an early 4. It was a little too early. I felt like I was pressuring or pushing her before her time. She wouldn’t have had as much to do at Kindergarten and she learned more swiftly when she was more ready.
Its good to know the preschool game. It’s really interesting!! Children’s do like it. Thanks for sharing…