My two little guys have been begging to join in school with their older siblings.
I take a relaxed approach to preschool in our homeschool. I like to follow their lead and learn right alongside them about what interests their little minds.
I do try to spend about 15 minutes with each one of my preschoolers while I give the big kids a break.
This year I decided to add in journaling for my preschoolers. Now we use a preschool journal.
They feel big because they are writing in a notebook just like the big kids.
And I love the fact that I have a preschool keepsake for my little ones.
We have been following along with the Letter of the Week preschool program. It is FREE and simple to use.
Plus, it has a guideline to follow. Instead of using the day to day guideline, I just follow the basic outline.
Each week I click on the letter we are learning and plan activities according to the suggestions.
How I Use the Journal
Each week I draw in the preschool journal a few prompts based on that week’s theme and letter.
For example, week 1 is all about the letter A, apples, Adam and Eve, Johnny Appleseed, and the song the Ants Go Marching.
Here are some examples of pages I might draw in the preschool journal:
Then, I let my little guys decide what they want to do to decorate. Stickers, markers, colored pencils: I like to let them decide.
Keep It Flexible
Each letter in the Letter of the Week curriculum has a lot of ideas to explore,
I pick a few to focus on each week with my preschoolers. But if I find they are just not interested in one of the subjects, I try to focus on what interests them. My goal is to instill a love of learning and exploring from an early age.
When looking at the ideas for the week, I also think of what activities and materials I have on hand that corresponds to the activity. I love that Letter of the Week gives you ideas to use as a tool. It is not a set in stone curriculum. You can choose what interests your own child.
I also will print out pictures from the Internet and let them cut and paste into their preschool journal. This is one of their favorite parts of using a preschool journal!
Staying on Track
When homeschooling multiple children, it can be easy to not spend a lot of time with the little ones.
I have often been guilty of this myself.
Since using the homeschool planner Homeschool Planet, we are able to stay on top of all the schoolwork. Plus, it gives me a piece of mind because we have a plan.
This is how I schedule my preschoolers into our day.
First, I use a rotation.
From the list above, I have two designated times for preschool. 10:30 is when I work with my 5-year-old Kinsler, and 12:15 is when I work with my 3-year-old Cannon.
I also have an alarm set on my phone to go off at 10:30 and 12:15. This holds me accountable to giving the big kids a break and spending some time with the preschoolers.
Then, I use Homeschool Planet to determine what we will do each week.
For my 3-year-old, it is a very basic schedule that just includes the letter we will focus on that week. I also skim the preparatory curriculum to find a shape/color and number to practice.
My 5-year-old follows the same letter of the week, but I add in Easy Peasy Getting Ready curriculum.
Watch the video below to see how I use Homeschool Planet to plan our preschool year.
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