I try to use several different methods to keep it fun and interesting for my boys in preschool. They learn best with play and repetition. My youngest actually responded well to a mixture of writing, singing, and hands on. Homeschooling my preschoolers’ has been rewarding. Watching them develop a love for education and knowledge early is fulfilling. Seeing them learn new ways to discover numbers and reading is a reward. Two of my children are very hands on. My middle son responds to repetition.For him, I set up a daily learning board. His memory reinforcement comes from visually seeing what he is learning.
Some days we jump on the trampoline and sing songs, or play a game that may help with our learning time. This week we are learning the letter “Y”. We are almost finished with the alphabet so that is exciting. In preschool and pre-k the cornerstone of self control is planted.
Letter Y Activity Suggestions:
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.
3 Hints for a successful preschool year:
1. Know your lesson plan. Have an idea of what you want to teach.
2. Try to be flexible. I can’t say that enough….be flexible.
3. Repeat what is important. Kids learn well by repetition, songs, and hands on learning.
Daily Lesson Routine
My daily lesson plan in preschool is so simple. I chose days of the week to teach anything. Monday would be math. On Math day we would work on shapes, counting, fractions, adding and patterns. Knowing what will be done on each day helps in the planning. Setting up routines in school is also helpful. Part of my daily preschool routine is puzzles, books, hands on activities, and music. When doing my lesson plans I knew what I would do, make a short list of three, and then add them to my preschool bin.
Preschool was integrated into the hours of older homeschool kids. My preschooler and I would do a learning activity, then he would play. Color together and listen to music, then he would play.
The spacing out of activities and subjects gave my older kids a break to help play with their little brother.
My youngest loves to play hide and seek games with his brothers. Learning the alphabet has Never been so much fun.
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