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:
- 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”
- A Child’s Garden of Verses – read poem “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson for our memory work
- The Real Mother Goose – read 10 pages of nursery rhymes (good for general literacy and teaching rhyming and meter etc)
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – Hannah did one lesson, Jack listened and did the easy parts
- Alison’s Zinnia – we read one ABC book a day
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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?
- Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog – Mr. Putter and Tabby is a great series if you’re not familiar with it.
- A Kiss for Little Bear – Little Bear stars in another series we really like.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Lyle Finds His Mother – Lyle the Crocodile (not to be confused with Lyle the Friendly Viking, another of our favorite guys) is the subject of yet another fun series of books for kids.
- 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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