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Playing catch up

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I’m still here! We are still going strong with our homeschooling. I’m very short on free time making it difficult to get around to updating mommydaughterdates . Next month is going to be EXTRA busy!! My calendar has been filling up with exciting fall activities like corn mazes, a trip to the zoo for a Halloween event, pumpkin patches, a local animal safari ranch, Possibly a trip to the mountains, a concert , Halloween and doctor checkups. Whew! All while homeschooling, planning a birthday party and keeping up with daily duties oh and taking care of almost 2 year old:).
I just thought I would take a minuet to let everyone know I did not fall off the side of the earth;) just in case you were wondering.
Here are just a few activities we have done over the last few weeks…

Primary colors paper chain

Baking soda air dry clay

Baked bread and other cooking

D is fordinosaur letter craft

Visited The Museum of Appalachia

We have also filled our days with outdoor play, play dough, coloring( lots and lots of coloring), paint with water books, reading, touch screen practice and mouse practice, worksheets, imaginative play and trips to the library.
I had planned on visiting the local art museum but it has been closed for remodeling. Sooooo we are postponing our art week;)

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… Oops

Well I fell off the face of the Earth for a bit. Preschool has been a bit on the lax side and I have taken a break. The good thing is we started a couple of weeks before schools actually started up around our area and so now we will be ” on track”?..
I would like to brag for a moment and say that my daughter has learned the few letters we went over our first few weeks! She can identify V, W, X and O! So it is paying off!
I feel bad that I have fallen in a rut of being lazy as far as planning curriculum each day:( Toddler life can be difficult at times but I know it’s easier when we have planned activities. We are all happier with something to keep us busy during our time at home. I just need to find ways to incorporate chores and daily duties into our daily learning time… Any suggestions seasoned homeschooling moms ?
Anyway… Back to our schedule! I’m picking up on I for insects 😉 I will postpone R for rapunzle and fairy tales week for later. It deserves more planning than I have given it.
This week will hopefully include some bug viewing at the nature center ( fingers crossed) and many crafts and experiments! I don’t know about your kids but my daughter is FASCINATED by bugs! We recently visited the zoo where they have a butterfly garden and I’m pretty sure Vera could have spent the entire day surrounded by butterflies! We do not own a magnifying glass but its on my list for this weeks activities!

Happy schooling everyone I hope you have been more active in your teaching than I have been lately ….Oops!

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First Day of PreK

Today was our first official day of homeschool preschool! We started the morning off with waffles and blueberries in the shape of our letter of the week V. Then we sang the alphabet song a couple times and found the letter V on our foam alphabet puzzle. Next we danced our wiggles out! After lots of dancing ( we have a lot of wiggles) we moved on to reading books about the letter V.
Sesame Street has a board book for each letter of the alphabet. These books are great! We currently only own the V book about Ernie and the Vacuum salesman but I will be on the look out for more at our local thrift shops and used book stores.
Next we had fun with play dough! We used yellow and purple dough to make big and little V’s and traced them with our fingers. We also had imaginative fun and free play with our play dough. Vera made a microphone and sang in it:) it was so sweet! I’m really proud of her huge imagination and I encourage it as much as possible!
After play dough we cleaned up and started our letter craft. We made a V vase with violets in it. Vera was a big fan of the glue stick! Next we had more imaginative play with a toy phone and then it was time for lunch.
We finished lunch and worked on same and different by matching socks. This was fun and silly. Vera kept dancing with the socks each time we made a pair. It was nice having a helper with the laundry too;) we ended with singing more songs and some coloring.
It was a smooth and fun day with lots of laughs and learning. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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36 weeks of Themes for Learning

I May end up changing my mind as the year rolls on but as of right now these are my ideas for each week.

Everyday we will practice writing/ scribbles :), dance/movement, sing songs and recite rhymes, color/draw/paint or do some type of crafting, read books, free play/ imaginative play, and when the weather allows it we will venture outside! Once a week we will have experiments and visit our local library for story time or a local nature center for hikes and special events. I also plan on taking “field trips” to museums and science centers around town every once in awhile. My mother in law is teaching preschool lessons to my 4 year old niece and we plan to get together often and do joint learning activities.

 

We work with sign language and I hope to incorporate as much of that into the daily routines as possible. I have been very excited searching for ideas and coming up with plans for this school year. Right now I am only sharing my ideas for themes for each week and I will go into detail later and let you know what we have done and how it went.

Week 1

“V” is for Vera

Week 2

“W” is for Weather

Week 3

Opposites with “O” and “X”

Week 4

“R” is for Rapunzel

Week 5

“I” like Bugs/ Insects

Week 6

“E” Eating Healthy

Week 7

“D” is for Dinosaur

Week 8

“A” is for Art

Week 9

“M” Manners Matter

Week 10

“B” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Week 11

“C” is for Corn. Farm Week

Week 12

“H” Happy Healthy Hygiene

Week 13

Halloween “J” is for Jack-o-lantern

Week 14

“Z” is for Zoo!

Week 15

“Q”

Week 16

“T” Travel and Thanksgiving

Week 17

“Y” is for Yarn

Week 18

Christmas activities

Week 19

Christmas activities

Week 20

“K” Kaleidoscopes and Kites

Week 21

Music Week

Week 22

History Week

Week 23

Cooking with Kids

Week 24

Rain forest Week

Week 25

“L” is for Love Valentines

Week 26

“P” is for Presidents day and Primary Colors

Week 27

Dr Seuss week 1

Week 28

Dr Seuss week 2 with “S”

Week 29

“F” is for Flowers

Week 30

Green Week with “G”/ St. Patrick’s

Week 31

Camping and Outdoors

Week 32

C-A-Ts and D-O-Gs

Week 33

Easter activities

Week 34

“N” is for Nature

Week 35

Rainbow Week

Week 36

” U” Under the Sea week!

 

Im really looking forward to this fun and exciting first year of preschool!

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Preschool

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

Play
-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.

Life Skills
Learn about body self care and move towards independence
-Learn to clean up after self
-basic manners
-Learn about emotions and how to deal with them

Computer Skills
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!