This week and last we have been working on letter w in preschool. I had to correct a few things with my preschooler because for awhile he just was having trouble. Homeschooling has really helped me to hone in on HOW my children learn. Not so much what they learn, but that it sticks. I mean really, what is the point if we do not remember something by the time we graduate?
I have one child that is kinesthetic and one that is auditory. But my preschooler is a little of both so my activities with him have to include both. As well as repetition. For me repetition is very important, especially in math and phonics. I use flashcards, worksheets, chalkboard etc. to have them work at on the spot questions.
So while I am making dinner I may have one of them help me set the table, while the other is doing his addition facts that we are working on. Today I had my preschooler fill the chalkboard with “W”. This little spontaneous activity kept him busy, helped with handwriting, and he learned the letter “w”. Most of my ideas are on the spot…at least the good ones.
In addition to writing and coloring his letters, I will have him watch videos on the kindle or sing the ABC song with me. For the most part this is working and he is able to point out his letters in a book as we read (another spontaneous idea that I had to keep him busy while I changed the baby).
Learning really can take place ANYWHERE…I had to use the women’s restroom while at homeschool convention so I had my preschooler count to 100 for me and stand by the stall. It worked. Well, he did not get to 100 but he did get to 25 and found it a great game.
Preschool for us is about 15 min. 3 x’s per day. We work at the desk, in the car, or out on a walk. Creativity is something I want to instill in my children and sitting at a desk all the time is not very creative. My one on one time with him is very important to both of us. I will be so sad that next year he is Pre-K….then Kindergarten. You get the point. The funny part is that I learn something new with each child. I am on a journey with each of my children and hopefully we will all look back with fond memories.
If you are homeschooling your child and you have creative ways to get your idea to him I would love to hear them. Have a great week!