I’m not a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t “officially” homeschool, but as parents, don’t we all homeschool anyway? After researching curriculum from various places, I created 10 weeks of preschool activities for my 3-year-old daughter. Feel free to use it with your little one too.
Although it looks very structured, we don’t have a formal homeschool time; most often, I just trick my daughter into learning. Since I’m at work during the day, these activities usually happen on weekends and weeknights and many take place while we’re running errands.
The activities are probably best for ages 2 through 4 and they’re NOT based on a specific curriculum style such as A Beka or Montessori. I include things that are important to my family such as yoga and Spanish, but if that’s not your thing, replace it with something else (like any of the activities left by bloggers below).
Each week, I’ll share a few details and photos of the activities we did. Please subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss the updates. I’d love to hear how you’re modifying the plans for your child.
Week 1 Homeschool Preschool In Our House
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READING/WRITING: At bedtime each night, we read at least 3 books. I chose a few that related to this week’s goals of counting and Spanish clothing, such as Babu’s Babushka by Bronwen DeSena, What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla, and Splash by Ann Jonas. We practiced pointing to the titles & authors and predicting each book’s topic based on the cover illustration. I noticed that when we went to the library later, she predicted quite a few books without my prompting her.
MOTOR SKILLS: Moxie already knows how to scoop and pour, but she usually makes a complete mess. She’s just a baby, so I don’t expect her to have a surgeon’s hands, but she could improve her precision a little bit. We did a lot of scooping and pouring — in our garden, at meal time, at the water table. It was interesting to watch her scoop raisins. Since they were so sticky and packed into the bowl, it was a bit challenging, but she figured it out.
MATH: When she counts to 20, she always skips number 15 and she doesn’t easily recognize the numbers when she sees them. So we did a few activities to strengthen her counting and number recognition skills. One activity — that you see above with her jumping in the air — started off fine, but ended in a mild tantrum. I wrote numbers 10-20 on orange paper and told her to throw them in the air to mix them up. She LOVED doing that. Then, I asked her to quickly find the numbers and put them in order. She started off okay, but she wanted to go back to throwing them in the air. I saw it turning into a fight, so we moved on to something else. We did a counting activity with her favorite puzzle, a 24-piece Minnie Mouse. I numbered the back of each puzzle piece, mixed them up, and had her find the numbers in order. We also used the Numbers Educational Workbook by Good Grades.
SCIENCE: I forgot to take a picture, but for science we took a walk through the park and gathered leaves and rocks in a basket. Then, at home, we sorted them by size and type. She sped through that pretty well, so I’ll have to make it more challenging next time.
SPANISH: We love the Spanish School Bus app because it has really cute videos.
The lyrics are “Gorro, chamarra, pantalones, zapatos, pantalones, zapatos, pantalones, zapatos/ Gorro, chamarra, pantalones, zapatos/ Guantes, bufanda, reloj” (In English: hat, coat, pants, shoes/gloves, scarf, watch”). The words she can really say clearly and understand so far are pantalones, zapatos, and bufanda. We reinforced those words through the week when she dressed and read.
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