Homeschool activities for preschool is a topic I love to talk about. Since my second child was two years old, he has been in preschool. After I stopped my cleaning business and decided to stay home, I needed a schedule. So did he! Each day we would drop off my oldest at his school, then we would come to an all day play session. I had no idea how to entertain my little son. I desperately needed a plan. Working was easy and it was scheduled. That lightbulb moment is why I am still homeschooling. I needed a daily schedule for my son, and learning activities.
Since I was a newbie at this, it had to be simple. I wanted the activities to be fun, engaging, educational and something we would love to do together. After much research on the internet, I pulled out a few pieces of information and edited it to my style of preschool. My son was energetic and inquisitive so the activities I put together had to match his personality. If I would have put together a lot of coloring or quiet activities he would lose interest quickly.
Homeschool Games for Movement
The first part of our day started with movement. Hopscotch is a fun easy game. Indoor or outdoor this game is my personal favorite. Math shapes, numbers 1-10, and patterns and much more work well with hopscotch. Preschool is a good time to begin interactive learning with games.
One of the games we played was my son’s favorite sock game. Sock basketball became our number one learning game each week. We would grab all of his tiny, cute socks and put them in a pile. I would place a laundry basket at the end of the hallway. As he would “make a basket” we in turn would sing his abc’s or a specific letter and its’ sound, repeat some science or a Bible verse.
For most of my games we keep it simple.
Homeschool Games for Art
Art brings out creativity in children. I have never been an artist, but encourage my children to try Art. Messy Art, sketching, tree rubbings, leaf rubbings, modeling clay and much more has been part of our program each week.
Since Art does not come naturally for me, I use help from YouTube, Pinterest, curriculum, Highlights and other resources. Watching them as young preschoolers work with pottery or modeling clay gives a satisfaction as a homeschool mom. Allowing them to get messy or create the project from their view is interesting.
Finally, discuss what they made and display it. No, it may not be Picasso, but someday in the future it may be something better.
Homeschool for Letter of the Week
Our favorite game for preschool letter of the week has been hide and seek. Hiding the letter and then together looking to find the letter. After the letter is found we would seek out toys that started with that letter.
Doggy doggy where’s your bone has been a staple forever even with my other children. Changing up the title or lyrics to support our letter of the week helped them to learn the letter sound.
It worked! For his letter of the week activities we used a large poster board. On that board we would post our vocabulary word, color, maybe a spanish word we were working on, then the letter.
Homeschool games for us have included worksheets, field trips, and other various ways to learn. My overall goal is too incorporate as much learning into my sons’ days’ as I can…. without them noticing.
What does your homeschool activities look like? Do you have activities weaved into everyday learning?
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