Joe is 3 years, 10 months old
Last week was my first "official" week of homeschool-preschool with Joe. Let me start by saying this past week was an absolute blast with the homeschool! Every part of it was fun--searching for ideas, finding so much new stuff, planning lessons, preparing materials and then following through and sharing all of this with Joe. (I can hardly wait to start with Hanna, there is soooooo much I've found this week she is going to LOVE!) Most all of the resources I am using with Joe are free, except for the printer ink, paper and crafting supplies most of us have on hand anyway for our little ones. I am doing the Brightly Beaming curriculum and using printouts/craft ideas for each letter from Brightly Beaming and Homeschool Creations' Preschool Corner. I am also using Abeka 4K math curriculum with him.
Joe was a little hesitant to start off the first couple of mornings. He is used to "freeplay" all day and it is going to take awhile to get him into a routine of "work" time. However, once we'd start each morning he loved everything we did, was eager to learn and we both had so much fun. I was surprised at how little time it actually took, not overwhelming at all. I am actually going to add in a little over the next few weeks in the math and science areas because he is ready for it and has the attention span to handle a little more structured learning time. (I don't think it will be as hard to get Hanna into her "work" time routine since she is already used to being at school for most of the day.)
I am using preschool, pre-K and a little 5-K curriculum with Joe--combining them all where he needs a little more of "this" or a little less of "that". Now for what we actually did this week....
Each week we are going to have a letter/sound of the week, theme of the week (this will usually be something science/nature related), number of the week, shape of the week, and new vocabulary word. Within these themes there are related books, poems, nursery rhymes, songs and crafts that I am incorporating into our work time. There are basic math activities, motor skills, and writing skills that we will practice during our work time.
We started off the week with letter "Aa" and number "1". Our theme was "cows", shape square(with emphasis on how many sides, what type of sides and recognizing them while at home and out and about) and our vocabulary word was calf. Here is a writing sample(he did really well with his writing, this is pretty much his first attempt at structured writing other than his name every now and then) and overview of our completed work for the week.
We made a cow out of an empty toilet tissue roll.
He also used the rice tray to practice writing letter "Aa's", number ones and drawing squares.
We had a great first week!! We both had a lot of fun. I can't wait to do all that I've planned for this week. It is truly going to be wonderful having all my children home with me each day, teaching them, watching them learn and learning right along with them. I know this is going to be challenging at times for all of us, but the blessings and closeness and rewards are going to far outweigh the negatives. I am so thankful for this opportunity and privilege. Now for the lapbook info....
I found the greatest thing ever this week in lapbooks! Maybe they aren't new to you, but they are for me and I am super excited about them. Lapbooks are like an all-in-one lesson. You can make them for daily use or use them for your entire week/unit. It all depends on what/how much you choose to put into them. I am going to use two this week with Joe. I've already printed/assembled one of them and am in the process of assembling the second one for the week. This first one is based on our letter of the week "Bb" and from the book "Are You My Mother" by P.D. Eastman. It could also be used for Birds. Here is what it looks like. This is the front cover.
This is the inside.
This is the back cover.
Here is a link on how to make a basic lapbook,www.ehow.com/how_4601256_make-a-lapbook.html . Everything from the above pictured lapbook was free and available for download to print at Homeschool Share. Inside the above lapbook in the pockets are games, puzzles and activities that go along with our themes for the week. Some of the lapbooks are more/less labor intensive. Some have more assembling for the parent, others for the child. You basically make it however you'd like.
I think lapbooks are going to be a fun way to learn. The great thing about them is Hanna can do hers all alone as a "project" on any chosen topic and be as creative as she'd like. I've already found some really neat American Girl and Little House templates for her to use for history projects.
I'm looking forward to our upcoming week! I'll post about it next weekend!!