You may have noticed in my little “About the Author” snippet that I am doing home preschool with the youngest King. He is still potty training and we just can’t afford to send him to preschool right now. And you know, there isn’t anywhere I’d rather be right now than at home with him. Kids will only be little once. If I can teach him what he needs to know before he goes to school, and establish a close bond with him at the same time, why wouldn’t I?! I’m using my education and getting to take care of my own child! Plus, I love creating and doing lessons like this. I have complete creative freedom and can teach him the way he learns. It’s a win-win-win-win!
I don’t use a purchased curriculum here at home. I create the lessons myself. I’m teaching our home preschool in 2 week blocks, just like my older 2 are doing the memory verses for 2 weeks at a time. I like to teach with a theme that kind of pulls everything else together. I decide on a theme first, which will stay the same for 4 weeks, then choose 2 the Bible stories we will concentrate on, crafts, sensory tub filler and other books from there. The month of June looks like this for us:
Theme for June 4th – 29th: Ocean Adventure
Weeks 1 & 2
Bible Story: Jonah and the Big Fish
Emphasis on letter O, color Blue, and ocean animals
Sensory Tub: blue rice, small shovels, toy fish and net
Art & Crafts: Fish suncatcher from old CD’s, Fish stamping with celery, Paper bowl jellyfish, Paper tube & Cheerio octopus
Weeks 3 & 4
Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm
Emphasis on letter S, color brown, boats, and ocean animals starting with S
Sensory Tub: water, boats, toy starfish & seal, seashells
Art & Crafts: Make boats with Play-doh, Watercolor painted seahorse, Paper plate shark
You will notice that I haven’t listed a craft and a book and certain somethings for each day. That’s because I am a huge believer in minimizing structured learning at this age. Its my experience that preschool children learn the most through play, with small spurts of structured activities here and there. Especially for young preschoolers like my 3 year old. Most of his learning will come from playing in the sensory tub, pretending to be different ocean animals, and other free play things I will have out for him to use.
During the structured activities I do make sure to get some sort of fine motor activity in, such as cutting or beading. Practice like that will aide in writing later.
During “homework” time at my house, one day we may read the Bible story from a children’s Bible or a story book. Then the next day do a craft. The next day listen to a couple of the songs, then do letter flashcards the next day. I mix it up with simple activities so he is engaged and learning, but I’m not asking him to do something that isn’t developmentally appropriate. Three year old’s are typically not ready to sit for extended periods of time or to do worksheets. Especially when doing home preschool, where they have all their toys and a big back yard just waiting for them to come and play!
Most preschoolers also really enjoy books, especially ones with fun stories and bright illustrations. I get most of my books by borrowing them from our local library, but Amazon ans Scholastic are great resources for children’s books as well. Searching for a certain topic on Pinterest can give you tons of ideas for books to borrow or buy.
Is there anything you would add to the lesson plan I have laid out? Do you have any questions about it or about doing a home preschool with your child? Let me know in the comments!