I'm SO excited about starting the homeschool routine with the boys!! We start Monday, bright and NOT-too-early!!
I wanted to share our plans and outline our schedule for our school week. It's a work in progress, though. I do plan that it will change....frequently. That is the main reason we're so excited about homeschooling. It will be something we can mold into our daily lives and when it changes, all the better.
Here is our outline:
Monday: Letter of the week introduction (we will be doing the entire alphabet this year).
Art activity related to the letter of the week
Shape of the week introduction
Tuesday: Memorization games and activities
Color of the week introduction
Wednesday: Story time at the Library
Outside activity or playgroup date
Letter of the week review
Thursday: Math games
Manipulative play time
Friday: Fun Friday!! This will include a review of letter and colors but be a very fun end to the week!! We'll plan lots of playdates on this day as well.
Letter of the week: This is rather easy as there are 26 letters and it'll take us quite a time to get through the alphabet.
Shape of the week: This will be lots of review obviously as there aren't that many shapes to get us through the entire year.
Color of the week: We'll cover basic colors, as well as color mixing and other fun little science experiments related to colors. We will be creating a color wheel as well.
Reading time: We've already started this but reading time includes an adult reading to them, as well as the boys spending 15 minutes a day "reading" to themselves. Right now, the time is mostly spent with picture books, magazines, etc... They are really starting to enjoy their reading time.
Science time: We're planting a garden this fall (we live in Florida folks...September is planting time!!!). The boys are super excited to grow some of their own food!!
Math/manipulatives: We'll do lots of work with manipulatives, beads, sorting, etc... Big Boy has gotten pretty good with his counting. Little Guy has a long way to go.
Again--lots of playdates because I really think at this age, the boys need as much social outlet and play skill practicing. We're taking a rather Montessori, eclectic, dare I say "unschooling" approach to this year. I can't wait to see where the year leads us.
In addition, we have a friend who is really excited to teach our children Spanish so we will be adding that into the mix as well. How cool is that?!!
So what are you doing for your preschooler this year? Anyone else homeschooling this age group? Have you decided to follow a curriculum or to create your own? Do tell friends!!!