I have preschool on the brain! My child is almost two years old and I want to get a jump start on an early education! Some would say 2 is too early but not I. I’m giddy over the thought of science experiments and craft time! I love teaching my little girl new things and going through the experience with her!
I started researching what preschool curriculum is like and what is required knowledge before kindergarten. I knew I wanted to homeschool for at least preschool age and possibly beyond that. After reading loads of material I came up with a general list of guidelines for teaching preschool to a 2-5year old at home.
Literacy and Language Arts
-Read Read Read! Ask questions during and after a story
-Start learning letters( uppercase, lowercase, sounds)
-Make up stories and create a book.
-Sing songs, rhymes, phonemic awareness
-Practice drawing and writing with numerous tools ( pencils, chalk, sticks, finger, crayon, paintbrush..)
Science and Nature Studies
– learn the difference between living and non living things
-Use experiments to learn about cause and effect
-Plant seeds, watch them grow and identify parts of a plant. What do they need to thrive
-Learn about wildlife with hands on participation in wildlife conservation
-Develop data collection, record keeping, classification skills through nature walks and a nature journal.
Cognitive Skills and Math
– Identify colors, shapes, sizes and weights
-Count! Count everything and put numbers to use everyday
-Recognize numbers and use objects to represent numbers
-Practice grouping, sequencing, complete patterns
-Compare and classify ( more/ less same/ different long/ short)
-Match pictures and objects that are alike, opposite, or go together
-Encourage problem solving skills
– Talk about positions ( inside, outside , top , bottom, under , over, left, right and middle)
-learn about time by making a play clock
Play with puzzles, dot to dots and mazes
-Build with blocks
-Lots of outdoor play for gross motor skills( climbing, balancing, running, jumping)
– arts and crafts for fine motor development ( tracing, cutting, pasting, stringing)
Encourage unstructured imaginative play
-Music, singing, dancing, rhythm, instruments and songs with motions.
Learn about body self care and move towards independence
-Learn to clean up after self
-Learn about emotions and how to deal with them
Use computer for educational games and learn skills with touch screens and mouse and keyboard
It is a lot of information to consider on a daily basis so I’m developing a 36 week lesson plan guideline to help me incorporate all of these things each week! I’m excited to find experiments to try and crafts for letter and number recognition. I’m also looking for ways to introduce early literacy ! I can’t wait to share my lesson plan with you once I finish it and keep you up to date on our weekly lessons!