Preschool At-Home: Getting Started
As everyone else is sending their little ones back to school this past month, I’ve been getting myself ready for homeschooling mi’jita formally.
Over the summer I prepped her with online alphabet games, fun learning workbooks and “school time” sessions. Lily loves the extra “mommy-daughter time” and it’s been so much fun to see how excited she is to show off all her knowledge.
To start, Lily has several workbooks from Mead’s Preschool learning collection, including their Problem Solving, Math Builders, Learning to Letter and Reading Readiness. All of these workbooks are available at Walmart in the school supplies aisle, which is where we picked them up. While they are not a complete curriculum for preschool, they are a great starting point for transitioning your children into at-home preschool or even for getting them ready for pre-school outside the home.
Lily absolutely loves her books and she is always quick to let me know when it’s time for school each day. She packs her backpack each day before “class”, including the stories that we’re going to read for the day (usually two for each day’s session) and her crayons or washable markers.
We sit down on mommy’s bed and cuddle together while we go over her homework and dole out plenty of high fives. That’s the beauty of homeschooling…we can do a session whenever and wherever. Sometimes we’ve even done our sessions before bed, instead in the afternoons…mostly because mommy sometimes forgets.
There are also a number of websites that help to supliment your homeschooling with fun games, activities and printables. Here’s a quick list…
Educational Preschool Games
- Pre-K & Kinder Curriculum more.starfall.com
- Critical Thinking & Creativity www.fungooms.com
- Pre-K Art www.nickjr.com/games/all-shows/art/4-5-years/index.jhtml
- Pre-K Math www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/games/preschool-kindergarten
- Board / Action Games www.successful-homeschooling.com/preschool-educational-games.html
- Nick Jr. Preschool Game Finder www.nickjr.com/games/index.jhtml
- Sesame Street Preschool Game Finder www.sesamestreet.org/games#media
- Education.com Printable Workbooks www.education.com/workbooks//?grade=preschool
You can also view this quick list of educational preschool games that I wrote a while back.
This Christmas, we’ll also be investing in the new LeapPad2 to add more fun to her homeschooling sessions. Plus this way, she can do learning activities even when mommy is busy at work. A great way to interject a little more learning into her day.
Another plan of our is to invest in some bilingual homeschooling workbooks and activities in the future. For kinder, I would really love to set a solid curriculum and instill bilingualism as part of every lesson. But more on that later because I’m still doing the research. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
I’ll keep up with this series and share tips as we learn them and I hope you’ll also share your tips in the comments below and keep us posted on your own progress.
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