let me first say that i have no idea what i'm doing. but instead of staying there, i figured i better just get together some workbooks and make some learning happen regardless of how prepared i felt.
i'm pretty laid back and not type A at all; which means our learning style is laid back. i plan a week at a time. sometimes we don't do school each day in a week but sometimes we do. sometimes our lessons that are for a week, end up taking two. plus, it's just preschool so it's not too strict, yet. ; ) i plan on sending the kids to public school starting in kindergarten (we have great schools in our area and feel like it's an amazing way to be a part of our community and get to know people - people that may be different than us - and we like that!)... but i also know that i'm open to a change of plans and we'll take the school choices one year at a time.
because we only have 650 sq. ft. to live in, it was important that our school stuff didn't take up a ton of space. our dining table is the school table and the art table all in one. if you look in front of the file cabinet you can kind of see a cart. it's an ikea cart (of course!) and is the most useful and handy organizer for school stuff. i pull it out when we're doing school work and push it right back to the wall when we're done.
on the top shelf we have all our supplies. each kiddo has a $1 organizer (from target's $1 spot) for scissors, crayons, markers, pencils, and colored pencils. the middle shelf is used for the current week's lessons. the bottom shelf holds all of our workbooks/books for school.
i got abc flashcards and sight word cards from target's $1 spot and we use the letters/words based on the letter of the week.
this abacus is from ikea ($9.99) and great for counting, addition, subtraction.
this roll of paper and holder is perfect for small spaces and there's something special about getting to draw on a giant piece of paper! it's from ikea (it was a gift from grandma but i think it was around $10 for the paper and holder). i use the little ledge on the paper holder for the letter of the week and sight words.
we also have a verse each month that i hang up by my computer desk. on the other side of my calendar pictured above, i have a calendar (pictured below) that we cross off for the days of the week. we also do weather diagrams that can be found here.
we do letter practice and letter recognition. even though my kids are only one year apart, things are often easy for Hunter and a little tough for Sage. so i kind of adapt each activity to make it a bit harder/easier based on each kiddo.
this is such a great idea and i can say that because it wasn't mine! : ) the kids were in preschool at our church before we moved and Hunter's teacher created this binder. each week, based on our letter of the week, we learn about an animal and either draw the animal or do a craft based on the animal. at the end of the year, the binder will be a full alphabet book of animals.
this is the 2nd best thing next to the Jesus Storybook Bible. we read the Bible at night as a family, and the kids and i read this devotional before we start school.
these are several of the workbooks we use. i choose the pages based on our letter and theme of the week. for example, last week we did "f" and our theme was farm. so i selected any farm-like pages i could find.
these books are from target's $1 spot. they are more basic, so i find them best used as supplemental work.
my friend just sent me this book and i'm excited to get started on it! i'll let you know how it goes.
each day we do journal work. sometimes it's picture based, sometimes it's more word based (i help them write out thoughts). sometimes it's based on our theme or sometimes i ask them a question like, "what's your favorite part about living in california?" and then they can draw/explain the response.
based on our theme, we learn simple words each week. i just find some clip art and type the word next to it. then the kids can practice the words on lined paper and color the clip art too. super simple, nothing fancy!
we do lots of coloring! we don't do a ton of crafts (mostly because i am not that crafty) and i think that is okay.
Handwriting Without Tears are the best workbooks for learning to write! the kids love it.
basically, i choose a letter + theme + bible verse and go from there, pulling stuff from online, workbooks, and my own brain. each day we do a devotional, a calendar/day/weather worksheet (linked above), sight word practice, letter practice, coloring, journaling, and workbook work. we also practice on the abacus and do a ton of field trips. i really think the kids learn the most when we're out and about doing life. : )