Home-Schooling A Preschooler
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 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
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)
- Listen to Rhymes, ABC songs
- Alphabet Board book
- Sensory Bin Alphabet play
- Match the Alphabets
- Do Name craft
- Do fun art around Alphabet
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
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
Download free printable from Web/Pinterest. You can design your own word. Some of easy one to do are :
- Trace the line
- Match Animal parents to babies/ homes
- Shadow Matching
Best form of play-based learning, there are no fails in sensory plays and gives hours of fun with little mess.
- Hand print painting
- Sand art
- Shaving cream painting
- Toy Car wash
- Slime, ice, crushed paper
- 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
- Velcro sheets
- Blackboard and Markers
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.