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 Activities for Movement
The first part of our day started with movement. I needed to get some energy out of him, and get my blood flowing. On a piece of paper I wrote down all of the activities that I thought we could do together for a two year old. Then, I went to the internet for some educational research. I compiled my list of research and made my list of activities to go with his learning program.
One of the games we played that he LOVED was a sock game. 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.
Homeschool Activities for Art
Art is not my forte. I knew that preschool art had to be part of HIS day. It did not matter if I liked it or not. I guess my own inadequacies came out in art. For about an hour each day, he and I would sit down and try different colors, pictures, shapes, or just be creative. Since I did not have the vision that art takes (I cannot draw to save my life) sometimes I would have him paint coloring pages. They were existing images that he could put colors together and make a nice picture. It was fun, and I still have some of his pictures.
Homeschool activities for Letter of the Week
My goal in most of the preschool day was to avoid a lot of seat work. For the schedule, we would be moving, then quiet and so on. I wanted a lot of up and down for homeschool activities, so that he would be ready for nap time. 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. It was important to refer to the board for his reference, so each opportunity I would have him go point to his letter. This helped him retain what we were learning. The poster was also in the kitchen so it was highly visible to him. The preschool poster helped him be occupied while I cooked dinner so it had many purposes.
Homeschool activities 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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