Homeschooling a preschooler

Once we decided I would homeschool McKenna my mind started spinning about how I was going to do this. Where do I find worksheets? How much time do I spend on handwriting? Spelling? Counting?

I quickly went to twitter and asked on my Facebook page and found some great resources to create my plan.

And then we began.

And her difficulty with small motor tasks made my little worksheets a failure.

Writing was causing her to fatigue (and get frustrated) quickly and I could see her eyes wandering to the toy box in the next room.

I realized my carefully planned worksheets would become scrap paper and I would have to focus on hands-on learning to make this work.

Here are our favorite activities of the week:

homeschool preschool

Peel Away Letters

What you need:

-glue

-wax paper

-food coloring

1. Drop a few drops of your favorite food coloring into a bottle of white glue.

2. Replace the cap and let your kiddo shake away until the food coloring is mixed in thoroughly.

making glue

3. Using the glue, draw an example of the letter you are working with on the wax paper and then let your child do the same. (squeezing the glue is a great way to sneak in strengthening little hands)

glue letters

4. Get creative and let them draw pictures of things that begin with that letter or squirt a pile of glue onto the wax and they can trace their letter in the glue too.

picture of mom

5. Let the letters and pictures dry and then peel them off the next day for an extra chance to review what they learned.

letter final

Find the letter

What you need:

-paper

-lots of things to sort through (also known as whatever you have nearby)

1. Write the letter you are teaching on a piece of paper or let your child do it.

2. Go on a scavenger hunt for items that begin with that letter and have your little one set them on your letter. We had lots of fun with this, it helps build sorting skills and recognizing letter sounds and since we were using items at home she spent the week continuing her learning by telling us what began with “m” whenever she came across it in the house.

things that begin with m

I think I might be getting the hang of this :).

making letters with glue

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  1. says

    I like that scavenger hunt idea! I’m going to have to try that soon. My little guy is 3 and we are doing preschool with him this year as well.

    On another note…I noticed from your Facebook comment above that you are in Michigan, which makes me smile because a) my son’s name is Orion and b) I am in Mi as well, by Lansing. :)
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  2. says

    You’re such an awesome mom. Seriously… I love my kids dearly but I could never homeschool! Preschool maybe… anything past that and they’re out! I just don’t think that I have the patience for it.
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    • says

      Thank you, I love it so far. Not sure I could juggle it with all my kids though. I’m amazed at moms who homeschool all of their kids.

  3. Jennifer says

    Most parents who start homeschooling this early have been homeschooling since birth, but never considered it as such. Taking it upon yourself to be mindful of what your child needs to learn, plus when to learn it, is a natural part of homeschooling, and preschool needs only a small amount of structure and planning to be successful.

    • says

      We had full intentions of sending her to preschool until it came time for preschool. She was petrified and I’m not sure if she would have ever got used to it. We decided she would learn a lot more without the anxiety. It’s been great.

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