So how doI plan our preschool days? This is just a general outline, as it varies based on activities we’ve planned and tantrums that are thrown.
(And yes, there are tantrums. Expect it, and move on. Or when they happen, be done for the day. This is preschool, and your kid won’t die from skipping today’s lesson.)
First, we say a prayer.
Then we recite the scripture of the week and sing the song of the week.
We recite our full name, phone number, and our address.
We then do our sign language song of the day. We have this book
which the kids seem to be enjoying.
After that we discuss the weather of the day.
which the kids love. They have fun marking the weather especially. I laminated
the date squares that go on the calendar so I can write special events on them like field trips.
(Of course, this is totally optional. You can easily make your own with a poster board!)
After that the kids sit at our big table. I’ve briefly discussed our workboxes before. In Nicole’s workboxes I try to alternate worksheets with a fun activity. The fun activity can be a craft or a coloring sheet, a game, or a counting activity. Nicole really likes these pattern blocks:
and we have these super fun Do-A-Dot markers too:
I also try to match a science project to the letter of the week. For instance, last week was A, so we learned about “Absorption.” I got out six different items (paper, cotton ball, cloth diaper, plastic plate, etc) and gave Nicole water and a medicine dropper. We made guesses as to which would absorb the most and which wouldn’t absorb at all. Then we tested our “hypothesis” to discover which had the best absorption. This week we will be working with Balloons since we’re doing the letter B.
A daily example of Nicole’s workboxes might look like this:
At this point, Nicole is fairly comfortable grabbing her folder from her box, working through it, and going on to the next one. There are times when she asks to skip a box, or has a meltdown over a particular folder. I try not to stress about it, and let her move on.
Another fun thing we’ve started are letter crafts. I got these ideas over at Totally Tots. Here’s a link to the uppercase letters and the lowercase letters. They are adorable and fun for Nicole. We are working on making an ABC book out of her letter crafts. We’ve done A for Alligator, a for apple, and this week we’ve done b for butterfly, and soon we’ll do B for Bee. Isn’t that cute?
Hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how to run your own preschool. It doesn’t have to take very long or be very fancy. You don’t have to plan on homeschooling your child for life–just getting them on a good head start is worth it. Good luck!