Sunday, September 9, 2012

DIY Preschool Recap Sept 3-7, 2012

     I may have mentioned before that we do preschool at home. This was a decision we made to save money and to be able to allow Big E to take ballet lessons. I was a teacher before I "retired" to raise our kiddo's so it made sense to us. After some encouragement, I thought I'd share what we do each week for our preschool time.
     Before I get started on this week, I'd like to give you the goals that I have. I don't want school to be a chore for me or for E. I want her to continue to love learning. I also don't want to force it. If we aren't feeling it one day, we'll skip. If something isn't working, I'll change it. If I have an idea, I'll go with it. This is definitely an "in-process" preschool that we have. It's not perfect, but it's a way for us to have some sort of routine and something for us to do together.
    I don't come up with all these ideas myself. I had a professor in college who said, "We don't need to reinvent the wheel." I have a few websites that I use for resources, and I'm always open to new ideas. I haven't found just one that really gets everything that I want. I refuse to do a bunch of worksheets. Everyone has their own way of doing things, and I'm trying to find mine.
    Each week, I plan to have a letter, number, and word of the week along with a theme and verse. E has started AWANA, so our verses will be taken from that. Last week, we worked on the letter "L", number "1" and, the word "see." E already recognizes all the letters, so we are working on letter sounds. Our theme was "Ladybugs."

Daily Activities include:
Saying verse (hopefully memorizing)
discussing life application
sing a song to go with the verse
color a verse picture
Discuss the letter, number, and sight word of the week
Read the Easy Reader

Other Activities spread throughout the week include:
Color the verse picture
Cut verse apart and put in order
L maze
L color by number sheet
Getting Ready for L practice (writing) pages
Practice writing letters (BrainQuest book)and chalkboard
practice making letter with play-doh
Read Little Buggy by Kevin O'Malley,
Read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Read Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen
Kumon cutting page
Bring "1" toy to me, eat "1" cheerio, write the number "1" (it looks like and a little "Ll")
Color by number "see"
Ladybug Puzzle
Ladybug Letter Hunt
Ladybug "L" craft based off this idea


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