Monday, February 1, 2010

Homeschool Preschool

Painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1895)

"Loving God and knowing our faith is the core curriculum; all the rest is supplemental." 
~~ a wise homeschooling mom I know


Below you will find resources I have used with my children - the good and the bad - for each subject for kindergarten. Kindergarten does not have to be complicated. Your child does not need to be doing x, y, and z by the end of the year. Feel your child out. Are they excited to learn numbers, letters, letter sounds? Or do they want to get messy, explore outside, build with blocks or play with dolls?

Read to them. Read, read, read. Go for walks. Explore the world around you. Basically, keep on doing what you have been doing but gently introduce reading, handwriting and math. Keep progressing. Love God. Share your faith. The rest all follows. Truly.

**There are many resources listed. I have used all of these ideas, but never with just one child!**


(I also have a variety of "School for Littles" pinterest boards if you are interested in following me.)

School Reviews/Plans that include preschool: 2011-12 (change), 2011-12 (review), 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17


Religion:


Math

  • Use manipulatives (anything you have around the house to help show math concepts).
  • Memoria Press Number Books
  • Number Books from Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Various store workbooks

The Alphabet Path

I use the name coined by Elizabeth Foss, and she certainly has a wonderful Alphabet Path to follow, but I like to go through the alphabet with each child as individuals. With some, this path is followed later, and others, earlier. In the end, I have some kind of book memorabilia to remember our time on the path. Things I like to include:
  • Reading the story of Michael and the ABC fairies from Elizabeth Foss (see link above) - this includes reading An Alphabet of Saints.
  • ABC Saints by Catholic Icing (my daughter is really enjoying these).
  • Handwriting without Tears wood pieces.
  • Letter Hunts (look around or print off a number of free pages you can find online - like these).
  • Letter handwriting practice (will vary by age/skill what you use and do).
  • Make a collage of the letter (for example, glue buttons on for the letter B).
  • Have letter food snacks.
  • Do a letter craft (for example, P is for painting.)
  • Letter do-a-dot pages
  • Letter trace pages
  • Letter mini books
  • Moncure letter books (a favorite of all my kids)
  • Confessions of a Homeschooler has a lot of ABC resources.
  • Make a photo book at the end to have a personal ABC book or make a book as you go along.
The beauty of an Alphabet Path is that you can tailor it to your child and your energy and time. Keep it simple, keep it consistent, and by the end you will have a wonderful keepsake.

Other ABC ideas


Themed Books & Activities

I like doing this once a child wants to do more than just sit in your lap to read or play with you. Find a favorite book and use it to do a few activities off of. Pinterest is a great resource. If you find Before Five in a Row books, there are a ton of ideas out there.


Science

Science is definitely a fun bonus for this age. Do as little or as much as your child is interested.

  • Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures. (See science page for more detail.)
  • Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures. (See science page for more detail.)
  • Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals. (See science page for more detail.)
  • Exploring Creation with Astronomy. (See science page for more detail.) **This is definitely my favorite!

History

I do history as a family, using Connecting with History. At this age, the child listens in on lessons, occasionally doing some kind of paperwork assignment or copywork. The best part is participating in time period activities. See history page for more detail).

Patriotic Alphabet Parade:


Art Projects for Preschoolers

See the art page for all resources blogged about.


Other Stuff

Naturally, plenty of other learning goes on - dance class, karate, homeschool group activities, faith extras, cooking, drawing and painting, how-to-draw books, etc. Specific blog posts below: 

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