I had the days of the week listed with what we were going to cover that day, activities and field trips.
The next section, is our Skills checklist. It lists the areas that my preschooler will work on throughout the year.
For preschoolers, you can use Skill Checklist for Children 4.0 – 4.6 years
Here is a Skill Checklist for Children 3.0 – 3.6 years
It lists skills for ages 2, 3, 4 and 5 years of age.
For age 3http://www.handsonhomeschooling.com/age_3_skills.htm
I have a list of ideas for themes we can cover like the bug week we did in May. In it are lists of links and sites that offer books, lesson plans, recipes, songs, games, activities, art/crafts, coloring pages,
worksheets and more.
Here is the link for Ideas and Themes:
Each week, we cover a phonics sound.
For example one week we covered the long (a) sound. I printed a page from EdHelper.com and it has pictures of a whale, sail boat, train, grapes, etc. I pronunced the word for each picture and asked my preschooler to repeat it. We work on this for about 15 minutes, three times a week.
www.ilovethatteachingidea.com great ideas for preschool to kindergarten.
for Reading, I have a reading list of books we can cover related to our lessons. When we covered bug week, we read together:
“The very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
“There was old lady who swallowed a fly” by Pam Adams.
In it I have Ideas and Activities for math. We use manipulatives in Math as well a pattern blocks. I am not in favor of using flashcards with numbers to introduce math to a toddler/preschooler. Some cannot grasp the concept, so instead we do things like playdough math, Counting shapes that we make with the playdough. I have found that this keeps their attention better.
Tracing numbers and shapes are a good way of helping your child. But before that I suggest that you try some exercises with your toddler
like pouring pasta into containers. This helps strengthen the muscles in their hands used for writing.
Have your child trace shapes because they are the easiest. Start with lines, circles, then ovals. Once they have managed shapes, you can move on to numbers: the number one is easy because it is like a line.
Donna Young has some great printables for pre-writing exercises.
Her link: http://www.donnayoung.org
Click link under Handwriting.
Experiences, activities and field trips can be included in your science lessons. I have found that gardening with your child is a great area for science lessons because it is hands on and many children relate better to hands on activities.
One thing if you can’t leave home is go on virtual field trips with your child. I have a list of links that I will provide for you in a separate post here in this forum for those of you interested!
In this section, I have a list of teaching activities that include:
-Modes of transportation (toys related to methods of transportation like cars, buses, airplanes, etc.)
-Games like identifying places in our neighborhood (stores, businesses, gas station, schools, airport, etc)
-cultural customs: we can talk about holiday celebrations, food, clothing, or other experiences. One thing we do is have ethnic food night so our son can experience the food of the country we can reading about that week.
-Community Helper Activities
for eample, we play post office and talk about what a mail carrier does.
-Listing of Safety Activities
Discussing safety rules and encouraging our child to obey them. You can make a list of emergency phone numbers to teach your child I think it is important to teach our child their address and phone number.
-Songs/ Finger plays
I keep a listing of finger plays we can perform about what we have learned in our social studies and we sing songs related to our lessons.
ART AND CRAFTS
This is just a listing of recipes and ideas we can do for art and crafts. I used to teach arts and crafts in a daycare and kept most of my lists for projects. Some of the projects we do help with fine motor skills.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH and HYGIENE
I think that physical education is important so I have included Activities we can do as a family together. We have done things like Block Bowling.
AtoZ teacherstuff has agreat list of ideas for this!
We cover bible stories and games.
I use interactive stories and make games that relate to our readings as well as singing songs.
Here is the link to the group below: