Home-Schooling A Preschooler

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This is coming from a mom who was super excited to send her toddler to preschool... But home-schooling is what we had.

This is coming from a mom who barely managed to do her own art project/ art lessons but for this toddler, we are cutting cardboard at midnight.

This is coming from a mom who is home-schooling her child for more than a year now, of course with help of some resources.

Home-schooling is here to stay for a while, so let’s try to make the best of what we have.

You can home-school your kids either yourself or with the help of a home school tutor or through an online tutoring website. I choose to use a mix model.

I Will share in brief what helped us or how we started

  • Be flexible, patient and start slowly – I started formal theme-based home-schooling when my child turned 2.5 years old.
  • Follow Pinterest accounts/watch Youtube videos/Read articles that inspire you to do kids learning activities
  • Check Pinterest activities/Youtube videos as per kid’s interest
  • Follow kid's interest (most of our activities have cars and wheels as per my child’s interest)
  • Take help from learning apps if you feel short of ideas

Sharing a list of resources which we used to homeschool my Preschooler.

 

  • Books
  • Books help in developing early literacy skills. Try to introduce 2 new books in a month. Some of my favourite picks are

    • Books By Julia Donaldson
    • Books By Eric Carle
    • Usborne (Board Books and Lift the Flap)
    • Read it yourself with Ladybird
    • Junior Dictionary/Encyclopedia
    • Maple Press Mythological tales

    • Subscription boxes / learning kits /Apps
    • If you are okay with screen time - go for app-based learning. But be mindful, even with apps, you have to sit with them to make them do activities.

      • Don't do anything more than one hour a day
      • Take breaks, fix one time to do the activity, let them know one hour in advance that it is the class time now.
      • Choose as per your Budget and material requirement.

      Flintoclass - (Nicely designed activity bags with all materials, have stickers, rhymes, gross motor play, sensory plays, puzzles, small books and much more)

      Class monitor - Have lots of worksheets, literacy skills and pasting activities

      (Tip: Prepare activity for the day in advance as require cutting and preparation time)

       

    • Learning Alphabets
      • Listen to Rhymes, ABC songs
      • Alphabet Board book
      • Sensory Bin Alphabet play
      • Match the Alphabets
      • Do Name craft 
      • Do fun art around Alphabet

       

    • Numbers
    • Oh, so many activities can be used designed around numbers. Our number play started at less than four months - Remember Five little ducks

      • Trace number car track
      • Count particular fun art of toys
      • Count spoons
      • Paste stickers and count
      • Pom pom fill with count
      • Finding missing numbers

       

    • Pre-writing skills
    • Development of pre-writing skills, both gross and fine motor skills is important before kids actually start writing. Some of activities are :

      • Making Dots with Dot marker
      • Using Crayons - Make lines, circles
      • Writing salt tray
      • Finger painting
      • Masking tape - Put and Peel

       

    • Worksheets
    • Download free printable from Web/Pinterest. You can design your own word. Some of easy one to do are :

      • Trace the line
      • Opposites
      • Match Animal parents to babies/ homes
      • Shadow Matching

       

    • Sensory Play Activities
    • Best form of play-based learning, there are no fails in sensory plays and gives hours of fun with little mess.

      • Playdough
      • Hand print painting
      • Sand art
      • Shaving cream painting
      • Toy Car wash
      • Slime, ice, crushed paper

       

    • Other Things to invest in
      • Jigsaw Puzzles - Max 20 pieces, we started with two pieces and four four-piece DIY puzzle
      • Flashcards - Transport, Action Picture, Fruits, Vegetables, Colour, Shapes, Flowers, Flags, Emotions, Seasons are our favourite picks
      • Stickers
      • Velcro sheets
      • Tangram
      • Blackboard and Markers
      • Magnatiles
      • Blocks
      • Lego

       

    • Physical Activity
    •      Do engage children in some Yoga and Exercise. Don’t stress much about learning and have fun while engaging your child in play based learning.

       

       

      Divya is Mom to three years old cute little Child Nivaan. She is first time mom raising a happy and compassionate child. 
      She believes in effortless parenting and fun ways to engage toddler. Also her firm message to other parents is "Dont stress over mess" as one day kids will outgrow this stage.

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