Homeschooling Preschool/Pre K


 My daughter just turned 5, and she isn't supposed to start kindergarten until  this coming september. I decided to "try" teaching her at home, this way she can have a little head start. If we love it, we might continue with homeschooling her further on. We want to take it one year at a time. 

I love spending one on one time with her. Sometimes we can get so busy with all the things we need to do, that we don't really spend any one on one with with the kids. Sure we eat dinner, pray and read a bed time story together at the end of the day. But I wanted to do more. More then just playing polly pockets with her. I wanted to invest in her education. I want her to grow up with Jesus in her heart. I want to teach her how to write her own name and how to read. 

I homeschool Monday-Thursday. We usually get through the lessons in about 2 hours. 
We typically do our lessons in the mornings, after breakfast and chores. 
 Sometimes, when we have errands/appointments, etc..  we don't do lessons until the afternoon and there have been days where we have skipped them all together. 

But my daughter is so excited to do her lessons everyday, she keeps me on my toes. She keeps asking when we are going to start. 

I bought her a preschool activity book, but Emily got very bored with it. Which showed me that she is ready for something more.  So I have been finding her activities and printables online. Most of the printables are from Confessions of a Homeschooler


I read a lot of blog posts online about Sue Patrick's Workbox System.  This is what I decided to do.

I bought our cart on amazon

I have 10 assignments/activities for her each day:


First we do calendar time:


Emily fills out her daily calendar sheet:



We have been signing this song to practice her days of the week:



After we have finished each assignment, Emily takes off the number from the workbox and puts it on her chart. This way she can see how many more things she needs to do 




Next we do bible time. I don't have any bible workbooks for her yet. What we have been doing was reading a bible story from her bible every day: 



Next she draws something from that days bible story. Today it was about Moses parting the sea:



I write a caption for her:


Next we do reading time, I am really enjoying this book that I found on Amazon, It teaches the sounds of letters and helps the child read:



Emily reading:


After reading I have her practice her scissor skills (we use the Kumon cutting and pasting book):


After a little break we work on letter of the day. Currently we are letter L:


After writing, We move on to math:





Then we work on a craft. Today we made lanterns for the letter L:


I love their expressions:



After craft, I have emily do one last hands/fun activity, today we worked on these worksheets:



 By the end of the school day, Emily's chart is all full:



We did all this from 11:30-1:30pm. That includes breaks and snacks. 

After the school day, I take 10 minutes to refill the workboxes and get everything ready for the next lesson plan. That way, I am not scrambling and wasting time trying to figure out what she should do next. 

If you homeschool, what curriculum do you use? I have been thinking about My Fathers World, but there are so many choices, that I am overwhelmed. 


Thanks for visiting. 

6 comments:

  1. Rita, this is great. Thank you so much for sharing! I have a couple questions.

    What does your son do while you are homeschooling Emily? My kids are 3 and 5, and I find it difficult to work with my son (he is older) while my daughter is around.

    Also, just out of curiosity, do you speak English at home? Are you planning on teaching your kids Russian?

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    1. Dasha- I have kids 8, 6, 4, and 8 months. we manage homeschooling just fine. Just takes a little creativity, and flexibility.

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    2. Dasha, my 2 year old son plays very well by himself. Our "classroom" is right next to the kids bedroom. Sometimes he comes and asks to color and write just like emily, So I sit him down with some crayons. When ever we do crafts, I help him with his. He loves doing whatever his sister is doing.

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    3. We speak english at home. Emily goes to an Russian church, russian classes, and has Russian speaking relatives. I am not worried about her learning/speaking Russian.

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  2. thats really awesome, Rita. I like how you plan, and organize everything. I've been homeschooling for 4 years now, and honestly, it changes every time. For the first year I also did workbooks that I found in stores/etc, and did everything by the book, but by the end of the school year, she hardly progressed ahead. Well, she knew her alphabet, her numbers (1-20), colors, but not what I was expecting. So, disappointed, I picked out a curriculum (my fathers world is stated THE BEST), and re-did kindergarten. and it really helps you stay on track, and keep up her work everyday. I once even built a real 'school' like classroom for my kids to do their 'school', 2 years ago, and I quite after a week. I guess I was programmed that school is supposed to look like a public school. Now, we do our schooling around our dining room table, and we are very flexible. Sometimes we do spelling in the family room floor, and the science in the park, and reading under the table with the lights out and candles lit. I found that if I am very strict with schooling, only this and that, kids tend to get bored, or they do the work only to please you, but I dont want them to do that. I want them to LOVE doing their work. For example, to teach my son all about inches and feet, I grab a few rulers, and have Ilona and Sam find things around the house that they can measure. They laugh, they have fun, they write things down, and then cant wait to show their dad when he gets home from work. homeschooling is a lifelong change. I'll forever be thankful to God for allowing me the chance to stay home, and teach my own children.

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    1. Aksana, Emily knew all her colors, alphabet and numbers 1-20 too, however, when it came to recognize them, she didn't know which was which. She didn't know what sound they make. Now she is learning right in front of my eyes. It is amazing.

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