HOME SCHOOL PREP FOR PRE-K
Nick and I have been teetering back and forth with the idea of home schooling our girls. Well as of now we are so excited to say we really really want to home school! There are so many reasons for personal beliefs that we wish to take this path, but I will save that post for another day! Today I wanted to share some ways we incorporate school into our day with our 2 year old Tess! P.S. she loves it! And is truly grasping what we are teaching her!
The ages of Pre-K are 3-5, with Tess just turning 2, I love creating fun and easy ways for her to learn and grow! I do this by getting creative and having patience! Getting out of "Mom" mode and putting on my "Teacher" face. What do I mean by that? I mean that I put on a smile and have patience, respect, and empathy for her little mind. Just like a teacher would. I over see see how she is grasping the lesson and I make sure that I don't focus on misbehavior. When I take a step back on the moments she starts to fight me, I realize she might be just frustrated and I listen to her body language. CUSTOMIZE!!! You will see that there are many ways to learn a subject! (One of the many reasons we wish to home school! We can customize the lesson plan for the girls according to their needs! How amazing!) It is a commitment and you have to be all in! I plan out lessons and prep the night before. Tess knows once Adaline goes down for a nap... we take out our "school" blanket and we set up together. We turn on our listening ears and enjoy the process!
IDEAS FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES!
Tools: Stickers | Pre-k work book (Costco) | Markers | Blocks | Word + Picture Books | Paper
The lesson above was COLORS. This one is so fun! I took paper + markers and I made a color blocks, labeling each color name! I then handed her star stickers that were a solid color. I asked her to match the colors! She did this with flying colors (lol) I was so impressed that she did it so fast! I immediately improvised to challenge her! I created a sheet of mixed color bubbles and when I handed her a sticker I verbally gave her a new color to match it with! We did a color work sheet which focused on the color green. This lost her attention but I proceeded to talk her through the objects that were green. Adapt and have patience enjoy the process!
SHAPES. So many fun ways to teach our kids shapes! Tess loves stickers and having control over the project! I create work sheets for her that we call "connect the stickers". I draw circles in different shapes and she watches it unfold as she fills it in with stickers! We also have the classic toy box shape sorter! You can also draw shapes and ask your little one to color in said shape.
NAME. When I looked up what kids learn in Pre-K the first thing on the list was learning their name! So simple and the ways to teach this are endless! You can display family photos... I will do this and ask Tess "Where is Tess?" We also write her name over and over and over. We sound out the syllables and really focus on annunciation.
ABC'S + THEIR SOUNDS. There are so many picture books for kids on letters and the alphabet that you can get your hands on! If not... write out the alphabet and sound them out. We only focus on 3 at a time! Don't forget you can always sing the ABC's! You got this!
OBJECTS + THEIR SOUNDS. I really love our 100 word book for this one! Make it simple. We carry this lesson out during our entire day! Any chance I get to point and explain is the best thing we can do as parents! Be intentional!
NUMBERS + COUNTING. This one is tricky but can be done! Make it fun... we will play hide and go seek and practice counting to 10 out loud together! We will play with babies and we will talk about how many there are. I also plan to use mini m+m's. Not all the time... but hear me out. How fun is it to the little one to be able to count to 3 and then get to eat 3 m+m's. Make it fun and exciting!
Learning is amazing, having the privilege to teach our youth is so much more amazing! I am so proud to watch Tess grow and push herself! Remember you will have days that you want to throw in the bag but stay positive and keep it light! The world is your classroom. If your little one is spirited take the lesson outside and let them explore! Every day and every moment is a teaching opportunity! You are smart enough, you have it in you to find patience, and don't forget your little ones are watching you... be the example!
Leave it the comments below questions you might have about home schooling and I would love to be there for you!