As I have mentioned before, my 3 year old LOVES homeschooling. She begs to do home schooling from the time that she gets up until she goes to bed at night. She also LOVES worksheets and coloring. I have tailored this curriculum to her. My first child never would have wanted to sit and color or do worksheets for the same amount of time. She did not enjoy coloring, and would have done one worksheet a day. I also don’t think that my 1 year old will enjoy worksheets as much as our 3 year old does.
I do think that there are parts of this curriculum that you can use for anyone. My nephew and nieces use some of the same curriculum, but they don’t do the worksheets. Bascially, I think that she is the only child that I will probably have that will have this much seat work, but since it is what she loves to do, it is what we will be doing. She will also have plenty of reading, crafts and hands on activities, but what SHE truly loves is worksheets.
Also, she has really picked up on things quickly. She knows her letters, and has started teaching herself to read and add. Some of this curriculum is for the summer before Kindergarten, but I am still using the portions that she is ready for now. That is the great thing about homeschooling, you can tailor it for your child.
There was also a clearance sale on Scholastic books for $1. I was able to get a ton of great curriculum for my children through that sale.
Hooked On Phonics – I got the whole set at a yard sale for about $12!! The books were still wrapped in plastic. I was super excited about this find!!
Websites That I Have Used:
1. dltk-kids – This is a really incredible site with TONS of resources! I will show you some of it on a video in another post.
2. Movie about letters
4. Ambleside Online – A list of books we will try to read
1. I am using the Abeka Primary Bible Reader.
2. Learn-the-Alphabet Puppet Pals by Scholastic
3. 40 Easy-to-Make Math Manipulatives by Scholastic
4. Using Caldecotts Across the Curriculum by Joan Novelli (She won’t be able to use all of these this year, but these will make great unit studies. I will actually probably use this book over the next 2-3 years.)
5. Mother Goose Math Scholastic
6. Fun-Filled 5 to 10 minute Science Activities for Young Learners
7. I also have several books full of mini-books to color that help teach letters and reading skills
Worksheet Books That I Am Using:
1. Summer Link Math plus Reading by American Education Publishing – summer before K
2. Total Math Preschool by American Education Publishing
3. Total Reading Preschool by American Education Publishing
4. Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Preschool by American Education Publishing
5. I Can Fold Big Skills for little hands by Brighter Child
6. My First Book of Tracing by Kumon – This is one of her favorite books, so I am sure I will be purchasing more tracing books
7. I also have the Disney Learning Pre-K I Can Learn With Pooh Early Skills Colors, Numbers and Counting
8. Home WorkBooks Consonants
Holidays and Unit Studies:
We are also doing various holiday and unit studies, just depending on the time of year. I have numerous craft and educational books full of ideas of things to do for holidays and unit studies.
Over the next few days, I will be posting ideas for narration, fine motor skills, name recognition and other preschool skills. Tomorrow I will also post a video showing you how I have organized her curriculum, and some of what I am using. Sometimes I think it is easier to “see” things.
What activities do you love to do with your preschoolers??
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