I try to use several different methods to keep it fun and interesting for Ko in preschool. He learns best with encouragement, play and repetition. He is actually responding well to a method of writing, singing, and hearing. Homeschooling my preschooler is rewarding because I get to see him learn his new lesson. Sometimes we repeat a lesson or two. We are learning and working at his pace, not mine.
Some days we jump on the trampoline and sing songs, or play a game that may help with our learning time. With an energetic little boy I must keep my options open. This week we are learning the letter “Y”. We are almost finished with the alphabet so that is exciting. But as we all know learning doesn’t stop. From here I think next year we will begin the steps to learn the basics of reading.
Here is what we do to learn the letter Y:
1. Sing the Alphabet.
2. Look at the letter Y in books. We use an ABC book, our bible verse book, and magazine articles. In the magazine articles we circle all of the letter Y’s that we see.
3. Next we write the letter Y. I have a dry erase ABC book that we use each day and week to write the letter that we are currently working on.
4. After working on our ABC’s we will work in a workbook from Rod & Staff to exercise our handwriting skills or critical thinking.
Patience is a virtue sometimes with a preschooler, that is definitely an area that I need to work on, but I am getting there. Teaching preschool with my second son was easy because my oldest son was in school all day. (I have four sons). Now I have all of them home and unfortunately he gets a time block, not all day. From teaching two in preschool I have learned a few things along the way.
Hints for a successful preschool year:
1. Know your lesson plan. Have an idea of what you want to teach.
2. Be flexible. I can’t say that enough….be flexible. It is ok to learn in a different area, a different way, or just make it a 15 min. lesson for the day.
3. Repeat what is important. Kids learn well by repetition, songs, and hands on learning.
4. Have a passion for teaching your child.
5. Hold preschool time at the same time each day. Be dependable no matter what happens.
Teaching a child to learn and grow in their education and character is very important. Teach them their Bible verses so that they will have a solid foundation with God’s word. Follow my children’s Bible Studies board on Pinterest to get started on verses!