The online homeschooling community is so giving, isn’t it? Each year, bloggers post what curricula they are using, why they’re choosing said curricula, and any helpful hints for the coming school year.
For newer, and even more experienced homeschool moms, this is a dream!
It’s such a treat to peek into another family’s homeschool and see what they’re doing and how they are making it work.
In homeschooling days of old, most mamas just had the Lord and old textbooks to rely on. We’ve come such a long way in terms of resources!
But I’ll admit: I often get to the middle of our school year, and the original curriculum I posted was ditched in the 4th week of school because it was an awful fit for us.
Or my child progressed slower or faster than I thought she would, so I had to regroup and use something else.
Or it may be that I had grandiose intentions of creating my own enormous unit study (the human body…oh I failed miserably), but just couldn’t find the time to make it the fabulous learning experience of which I had dreamed.
Because I’ve been at this homeschooling game for a few years, I know that it’s okay to switch curriculum in the middle of the year and feel no guilt.
Several of you have asked for a glimpse into our current homeschool preschool days, so I’m happy to share what they look like.
I do have this disclaimer: our school routine ebbs and flows. Some days I do a spectacular job with my older two in writing and other mom-heavy subjects. Other days, our preschool/Kindergarten days just rock.
I rarely have a homeschool day where I feel like I have completely schooled everyone in an A+ manner. There just aren’t enough hours (or energy) in my day. 🙂
That being said, here’s glimpse at what our preschool time looks like 2-4 days each week.
Our Homeschool Preschool Routine
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Our homeschool day always starts out with Bible time with mama and all kiddos sitting around the homeschool table. Right now, we are reading through Numbers and analyzing the Israelites and they’re constant complaining and grumbling! That right there is a lesson in itself.
I always involve my 4-year-old preschooler in our discussion and make sure she has questions of her own to answer aloud. She often plays with yarn, or a stuffed animal, or anything else her small hands can hold. I’m fine with that as long as she’s listening.
After Bible, I explain the independent assignments to my older children.
Then, it’s preschool time!
::insert shouts of joy all around!::
Each day is filled with lots of books: picture books, read alouds, and then more picture books.
We are a family that loves to read!
Most days, my 4 year-old and my almost 6-year-old complete one lesson in All About Reading Level Pre-1.
These lessons are just perfect for our school time: they’re succinct, the lesson plan is laid out for me, and the crafts are completely doable (and not messy).
You can read about our experience with All About Reading Level Pre-1 and see if it would be a good fit for your little people too.
Each week, I also choose a nursery rhyme that we sing/say each day. This particular week, we’re working on Little Miss Muffet – so fun!
My preschooler organizes the sequencing cards, colors the coloring pages, picks out the letter m on the posters, and leads us in saying the rhyme.
This is one of our favorite preschool activities!
We put together wooden puzzles, write letters on the chalk slate, and work on number and letter recognition.
We often do a few of the large assortment of preschool worksheets here at Mama’s. Those are never independent – we work on them together since this is her dedicated preschool time.
I will admit, the weeks we do an intense literature-based unit study are the best memory makers. I’m not sure if my children or I love them more!
I wish we could do one every single week, but I just haven’t figured out how to manage my time well enough for that. On those weeks, I can’t devote as much time to my older children and their history and science suffers too much.
On the weeks we do a literature-based study, we often do not work on All About Reading Level Pre-1 or play puzzles and games. By the time we move through all of the fun book activities, the morning is finished!
Lastly, there is an enormous amount of creative play. She arranges the family in the doll house, puts all of her farm animals out in the pasture, or plays dress-up. She pretends to cut my hair (like at the beauty shop!), plays grocery shop in the play kitchen, or dots with do-a-dot markers.
(Tuck is sitting there working on lowercase a with us, by the way.)
Most importantly, she spends lots of time just being a kid and playing with her brother and sisters.
Do you have questions about preschool at home? I’m certainly no expert, but I am on my 4th homeschool preschooler. 🙂
Lay ’em on me in the comments!