With our school year quickly approaching (we will be starting after Labor Day), I’ve decided to dust off my old homeschool blog . . . AND move it from Blogger to WordPress. I’ve intended to move it every since I moved my primary blog over, but — well, you know — I’ve been kind of busy. Three year olds and toddlers kind of leave you no choice but to be busy.
As I’ve spent the past few days revamping this blog’s look and organization, I’ve been getting more and more excited about starting Preschool with the Little Lady. Our photos from last year reminded me how much fun it was to interact with my daughter in learning activities — and I wasn’t the only one having fun. Every DAY, she asks to make some of those same projects (from last year) again and again.
This year, things will be a little different as we transition from “Tot-School” to full-fledged Preschool; my educational philosophy is still the same (hands-on, student-led, interactive learning), but we will have more specific goals this year and I’ll be incorporating assessments with each unit.
I don’t want to go crazy and push the Little Lady too much over the course of this next year; this is just the beginning — if we do more than what is outlined in this post . . .then “great,” but I am not going to expect more until I have a better idea of what she can do.
Through play and fun, interactive activities, we will be working to meet the following primary goals*:
- Numerals 1-100
- Counting objects to 30
- Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
- Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
- Sizes: small, medium, large
- Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle, oval
- Matching (symbols, patterns, etc)
- Letter names and sounds
- Recognize and write first name
- Speech/correct letter pronunciation
Other areas of focus will include:
- Science: Dinosaurs, observation of nature, insect life, plant growth, weather, seasons, colors, the five senses, animal habitats.
- Creativity: painting, sculpture, collages, mixing colors, music (singing/piano), movement through dance, role-play.
- Faith: Know God create the world, animals, plant-life, and our families; know primary Old-Testament/New-Testament characters.
- Fine Motor Skills: be able to use scissors correctly, lace beads, use funnels and pouring tools.
*based on Pre-Kindergarten Concepts from Pre-Kinders
As far as curriculum resources go, I’m sure this list will change/expand as the year progresses, but as of now (two weeks before our school year starts) this is the gist of what we will be using for our 1st year of the Little Lady’s Preschool:
- Letter Recognition: Letter of the Week from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Math: Worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler and Pre-Kinders
- Faith Lessons: Songs for Saplings CD and Song for Saplings PDF Pages; The Beginner’s Bible
- Arts and Crafts: No Time for Flashcards
- Kinetic Movement: Exercise ABC’s from Homeschool Share
- Sensory Exploration Ideas: Pre-Kinders
Our first unit is based on a request from my daughter, who wants to learn about Dinosaurs (she’s such a bug, lizard, snail, nature nut). So, “D” is apparently for “Dinosaurs” this year! I’ve nearly finished planning out everything for this unit (and am sooooo excited to see the Little Lady’s reaction to it all) and will post the plan later this week.