I have talked in previous posts about how I am planning to skip sending my son to preschool and teach him at home. Well, the time has come. We are starting a new homeschooling adventure and I want to share it with you. This will be my Preschool at Home series.
I will be covering all the things a child would learn in a typical preschool setting. You can find a printable list HERE.
We will be covering subjects like reading, writing, math, art, music, and science.
In This Series
I am planning to do a weekly series, in hopes to help you with your preschool at home journey. This is all pretty new to me, but I am completely excited to learn by trial and error and share with my readers the experience. What worked and what didn’t? What types of activities did my child enjoy? Where to find the best resources. I will be sharing my lesson planning with you, as well as activities, themes, and suggestions.
The journey will truly begin starting in September. We will be starting our program when the schools in our area start back. Until then, I would like to share with you the preparation I have been working on.
Lesson Planning Book
For me, this is a huge asset to have. If I don’t stay organized, life becomes chaos. As a very visual person, I like having a lesson planner than I can physically write in, and also see the bigger picture. This has been helping me plan out themes, books, and activities.
Printer and Ink
For preschool at home, you can find a ton of resources online for free. Its absolutely wonderful. You can access tons of free printables to help you teach your child. However, you will need a printer and plenty of ink to be able to use these resources. I suggest waiting for sales and stocking up!
Again, organization is key. As busy parents, we have a million things going on at all times, and adding preschool at home is a huge undertaking. I have a simple file box with hanging folders in it. I have labeled the folders by topic, and as I am preparing and printing my resources, I am filing them away. This has made lesson planning much easier. For example, I am planning a day to focus on learning the letter “A”, so I open my file box, find the corresponding folder, and can flip through all the printed materials and make my plan.
This will also make it easier for the days I will be teaching. All of my activities will be in one place, and I can just grab them and get started.
Arts & Crafts Supplies
Part of teaching small children is making learning fun. I plan on doing many little arts & crafts projects with my son. That being said, we are going to need supplies. Here is a list of what we have on hand.
- Construction Paper (Assorted Colors)
- Washable Paints
- Safety Scissors
- Bingo Markers
- Cotton Balls
- Paper Towels
- Popsicle Sticks
- Googly Eyes
You can get a Printable Checklist of these Supplies HERE.
Books and reading are such an important part of teaching small children. I am planning on having at least a couple books to go with each theme that I teach. However, books can get pricy. We have a membership to our local library and we will be visiting weekly to get new resources. This also makes a good field trip with your little one.
Worksheets, Activities, and Games
Again, there are tons of resources online for these things. As the preschool at home program gets started, I will be sharing many with you. In the meantime, you can check out my preschool board on Pinterest for ideas, inspiration, and resources.
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So It Begins…
I look forward to sharing this journey with you, and hopefully getting to share plenty of tips, resources and ideas. Many parents choose to skip pre-k and do preschool at home. I am also looking forward to hearing from those parents. We can all learn and figure this out together, just like we do with everything else in parenting. Make sure to subscribe or check back here weekly for new posts on preschool at home! See you soon.