It was recently brought to my attention that school is about to start up again soon (where, oh where did the summer go?) and also that my son is old enough to be in preschool. Who knew.
But being the DIY-er that I’m turning out to be, I’ve decided that in addition to involving him in a local joyschool group with some other moms in my area, I’m going to do our own version of pre-school to prepare him for when we start kindergarten in a few years. We’re planning to homeschool, so the big thing is just getting him used to doing school every day, and sitting at the table for something that isn’t a meal.
Yesterday I went with my mom to a homeschool curriculum sale near our home, and I scored some GREAT materials for this year (all for the low, low price of $23.50):
- Before Five in a Row. The idea behind the Five in a Row series is that you read the same story every day for five days in a row, and each day after reading the story, you do a different activity to deepen the child’s understanding of the story. The stories are classics as well as some lesser known ones, but all of them are great. Plus, the whole thing appeals to young kids’ love of repetition, so it’s great all around!
- Ahoy Matey! Project Pack. These packets contain themed poems, songs, art projects and the like, for fun learning about a given topic, intended to be used over a 5-10 day period, with different activities for each day. In this case, it’s pirates. Because seriously, what boy doesn’t love pirates?
- Five in a Row, Volume 1. Okay technically this one is for next year, or possibly the year after that. Same idea as before, only geared at 4- to 5-year-olds rather than 2- to 3-year-olds. This is what we’ll use when starting kindergarten.
- Blueberries for Sal Project Pack. This packet is considerably larger than the pirate one, mostly because the book, Blueberries for Sal, is so much more popular, and there’s just so much you can do with blueberries over a longer period of time. This one will be good for a couple years as well, so we’ll get some great mileage out of it!
There’s one more set that I really want to get, but don’t quite have the shekels right now to shell out for it. It’s the course that we’re using for the joyschool this year, and I want it to use during the rest of the year when we’re, well, not at joyschool.
It’s called Creative Pre-K, and the idea is that the children develop a love of learning and do some actual learning through creative play. Nothing rigorous or overly structured, just fun learning to help instill the idea that learning is awesome. Which it is. For now, it’s going on the eBay watch list.
What are some of the things you’ve done for preschool that you and/or your kids loved? What preschool successes have you had?