Some of you have asked me what I do for Emma and preschool.
“She’s so young, what could you possibly teach her?”
I use these people for a reference and go from there. So here it is, check out what I’m doing this week. (I section everything off usually into categories that make sense to me)
Our focus is week is the letter B. Here is our Week Curriculum:
To Read: Babar the Elephant (L.O.V.E him), Good night Bear, a Polish book for beginners, Care bears
To Eat: Bananas, freshly picked Blackberries (from our local trail)/ bread & butter/blue pancakes for the weekend
Art: Painting Bird picture Blue with feathers, Wet chalk Bumble Bees/Bubble painting (blowing bubbles onto tissue paper)/Paper Butterflies
Play: Buses/balls/Balloons with B’s written on them/ Beauty and the Beast dolls/Blue play dough/Blanket fort
Movies: Beauty and the Beast/ Angelina Ballerina/Care Bears
School: Learn sign language letter, ZOO field trip and see the Bears,Baboons and whatever B named animals there are/(sing) Wheels on the Bus, Baby Bumblebee and obviously the ABC’s.
*** We are also going through a preschool book I picked up at the Dollar store. It shows her how to trace things, follow directions, tracing letters, accomplishments, and eye hand coordination. She already finished her first book and we’re on to the second!!!
*Important: When she is painting for example, a few birds we count how many there are. Everything is not based off her learning her letters. Not only am I trying to improve her math skills, but she goes to church twice a week. Social interaction- check.
So here’s the deal. My goal is for Emma to finish 2 pages every other day. If not, OK, on to the next activity. However, today Emma was stalling her nap time (shocker) and chose to do some school work instead of sleep- the only other option. We reviewed the letter A and the sign language sign. She also(with no guidance) wrote her own A on her chalkboard. (I yelled, ‘YAY!’ and gave her a HUGE hug! She’s 3 and writing her own A’s!)
Then finished her book. (she really didn’t want to sleep so she finished about 5-6 pages. Most of it was tracing and drawing lines to matching colors and objects.
When she wakes up we are going to start with the letter B.
We’re going to read a book, sing a song (Bumble Bee) then have a snack: Bread and butter. In which she can spread the butter by herself. She feels so independent that way.
For artwork, she’ll color a picture of a Bumble Bee with wet chalk. (done outside) If I can get her to trace the letter B then score!
When we go grocery shopping, I’ll make it a game to see who can find the letter B, winner gets a blue popsicle…guess who will win. 😉
Weekends are school free and when daddy comes home, it’s party time! Daddy time is always more important than school. Amen.
Hope this helps and let me know what YOU do! I am always open to new ways of teaching- I love it!! 🙂