Pre-preschool: An Example Day

Since I love to read about how other moms order their days, I thought I would post a sample day of our pre-preschool. Hannah will officially be in preschool this fall, but this year I organized our reading and learning into categories so I could get a start on keeping good homeschool records. Some days we do more of one subject than another, but this is a fairly typical amount of “school” for us – with lots of playing and tidying and whatnot sprinkled in amongst these items:

Bible:

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible – story of Jonah (the kids are obsessed with Jonah and David and Goliath right now)
  • go over Hannah’s Sunday School Bible verses for this month
  • go over our family Bible verse for this week , 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • talk about our habit for this week: cheerfulness, and how the verse ties in
  • Children’s Catechism, questions 1-18
  • sing hymn for this week, “This is My Father’s World”

Language Arts:

Art/Music:

  • In the Garden with Van Gogh – the kids are learning to differentiate between the styles of different major artists
  • Ella Elephant: Baby Loves Jazz – this book and CD combo are a nice way to teach about different instruments, because each song focuses on one particular instrument – so there is a jazz song with a focus on trumpet, one for the bass, etc. The kids love to sing and dance to this CD. Other days we do different types of classical music.
  • Playing the xylophone – we are talking about scales and what they sound like, so we play the scale on our xylophone. A lot.

Math:

  • Numbers – I can’t find a link to this book but it’s a board book with one page for each numeral and on the facing page that number of animals to count, from 1-10. The kids recognize the numerals and then we count the animals.
  • Go, Dog. Go! – this book teaches contrasts (big/little, up/down, over/under) and colors and so forth, which are, from what I’ve read, important math readiness concepts
  • The Quiet Noisy Book – also teaches contrasts

Science/Nature Study:

  • A Seed Is Sleepy – one of the best illustrated books I’ve seen on the seed to plant growth cycle.
  • We planted 8 dozen tomato seeds in egg cartons and so far we see no growth. It hasn’t quite been a week. We watered the seeds and put them in what passes for sun here in overcast Indiana. I hope some sprout so the kids can see this process work!
  • A Cocoon (Look What I’ve Found) – Hannah has been interested in butterflies lately so my mother-in-law found her this book on cocoons. The book has a Christian message at the end.
  • Alison’s Zinnia – this ABC book mentioned above has 26 great paintings of different flowers and plants with names corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, so I think it counts as nature study since the kids are learning plant and flower names. Double dipping, I know.
  • Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm– We read the section on sheep, which is pretty funny. This book is full of fun observations about different farm animals.

Fairy Tales/Folk Tales:

  • The Children’s Book of Virtues – folk tale about honesty
  • Fables – fable about being observant (if I were on the ball I’d coordinate the fairy tale/folk tale readings with our habit of the week, but for now I’m not doing that – we read these stories for general cultural literacy and because a lot of good character concepts can be taught with stories)

History/World Cultures:

  • The Apple and the Arrow – one chapter – this book is about Switzerland in the 13th century – the William Tell story.
  • This is London– This book is old, but I love the illustrations and I think it’s good for the kids to learn to recognize famous landmarks.
  • The Umbrella– this book is a fanciful story about the Costa Rican rain forest.

Social Studies:

  • What Do People Do All Day – we read the section on firemen. This book talks about different jobs people do and (very basically) how the economy holds together with goods and services. Plus it features Lowly Worm. What’s not to like?

Literature/Other Books:

Activities:

  • playing outside in the backyard – kind of a pain to put them in snowsuits and everything, but worth it for the energy burn off!
  • 30 Day Shred – yes, I made my children do an exercise video with me. They are awesome at pushups and even Sarah lies down and throws her legs up at the abs sections. We’ve been eating a lot of cheese for lunches lately so I figure the kids need some extra workouts!
  • Hannah had Pioneer Girls at church, which is kind of like a cross between Girl Scouts and Awana, from what I understand.
  • Various imagination play
  • Puzzles, dress up, playing store, dolls, trucks, play kitchen, blocks, coloring and other assorted whatnot

If you’ve posted about what you do for little kids, preschool, or something like that please leave me a link in the comments because I really do love reading what other people do and it helps me think of ideas for our own homeschool preschool.

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14 thoughts on “Pre-preschool: An Example Day

  1. Wow! That's a lot of good reading! 🙂

    I'm impressed that you're motivated to get your kids outside, even on snowy/messy days. That motivates ME!

  2. Anna, I'm not sure what we'll do. I like Ambleside, Sonlight, and some of the classical ideas from The Well Trained Mind. I do like a lot of the points of the Charlotte Mason approach (which Ambleside is modeled on) and am reading CM's original series this year. All that to say, I haven't really decided, but right now we borrow a lot from the Sonlight book lists and Ambleside Year 0.

  3. Out of curiosity, how do you review poems, habits, verses, etc. that you have already learned? Do you have a rotation system for reviewing them? That’s where we currently struggle.

    1. I keep all the memory verses on posters on the wall of the playroom, and several times a week we review them all. We don’t have a set review time for poetry, it’s just something we’ll randomly do every now and then. I can see how as time goes on we’ll need a system though – there comes a point where you have to have some rotation method, I would think. I’m sorry I don’t have any concrete suggestions at this point!

  4. W-w-w-w-w-waaaaaaait. This is all in one day?? If it is, you are totally Wonder Woman. You are so structured and organized! And you spend a lot of your time in direct interaction with your wee ones. I don’t think I even come close. Not that it is a contest, of course. But it is interesting. It makes me want to pay closer attention to my days to see what exactly I’m doing…. My general modus operandi is to fly by the seat of my pants; though having small children has certainly forced me into a more ordered routine, which I actually like.

    Off-topic, have you ever taken the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator? My guess is that you’re at NT of some sort. ….am I right?

    1. Yes, that was all one day, but I bet if you compressed it all into one continuous stream it would only comprise about 2 hours of our day. Not every day is like that, but I do try to hit all of my categories most days. It has helped to have things separated by category, and keeping a list helps maintain variety. I bet if you kept a list for a day or two of everything you do it would surprise you how much you do get accomplished, even on the days you feel like you’re not doing much. At least that is how it works for me. When I’m feeling bad about not doing enough, I make a “Have Done” list as I go through a day and it makes me feel better. 🙂

      And yes, I’m an ENTJ – good guess! Apparently that makes me an “Executive Mommy” – I read an article about that four years ago and blogged about it: http://aspiritedmind.com/2006/04/executive-mommy/

      1. Wow, an ENTJ even…I was going to guess that! I have a good friend, who also coincidentally lives in Indiana, who is an ENTJ and you have always reminded me of her. Same arching scope and intellect. She is also VERY into fancy things, like you are. I’m not, LOL, and when we were just out of college, I would marvel at all her fancy handbags and nylons and think, “Huhhhhh?”

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