Being that I am a stay-at-home, work-from-home single mom to twins, I have always looked for ways to keep my kids entertained so I can get work done. In the past, I struggled to juggle everything on my plate which resulted in my kids spending too much time watching tv while I tried to get things done.
Recently, I decided that I would start homeschooling them in order to help them be prepared for kindergarten while minimizing screen time. For that reason, I put together a weekly homeschooling plan to help keep me on track with the different activities we can do each day.
I am not going to lie, I was a bit overwhelmed when I decided I would start homeschooling my kids. I didn’t know where to begin so I bought curriculums thinking that they would make things easier but they still made me feel like I wasn’t touching on all the subjects that they need to know.
However, once I realized the main concepts that they need to learn to be ready for kindergarten, it made it easier for me to plan out our weeks. To know what your child needs to be ready for kindergarten, simply google your state and ‘kindergarten readiness checklist’. On your state’s website, you’ll be able to see the assessment used to test kids at each grade.
Below are some of the skills that your child needs for kindergarten.
Listening and Speaking
Social and Emotional Skills
Letters and Words
Story Sense and Comprehension
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Self Knowledge and Personal Care
Art & Music
The main objective of circle time is to get the kids seated in one place and participate in activities together.
My original plan was to create a poster with a calendar, days of the week, and weather card that I can reference during our circle time but I haven’t been able to do that. However, I found one I can print from Etsy that we’ll use while I work on the poster.
Circle time is also the time when we’ll read the bible and worship together.
Reading is important so I am incorporating it into our schedule so I can make sure to do it every day. I want to read with them for a total of 15 minutes but that will be broken down into 5 min increments because their attention span is really low. The goal is to go to the library each week and grab books that we’ll read during our reading time.
I have been going back and forth on how to teach the alphabet. Some places recommend one letter a week and others say you shouldn’t do that… I have decided that I will introduce one letter a day. Each day we will go over the full alphabet and then pick one letter to focus on.
You can also buy toys that will help your kids learn their alphabet. These are the ones I like.
M&D Self Correcting Wooden Puzzles
Numbers and Alphabet Flash Card Set
Wooden Reading Blocks
Magnetic Letters and Numbers
The miscellaneous section is where I include activities that help develop different skills. These include scissor practice, shapes, color matching activities, handwriting practice, and all about me activities.
These are the best scissors for toddlers! They help strengthen the musles and get them used to holding scissors so they can use regular scissors.
All About Me:
The goal here is to help them know how to count to 20 and also know to recognize the different numbers and quantities. To help with building math skills, we will count, learn what a number is, and sort and compare objects.
Here are the activities to help them learn their numbers:
To keep them engaged, I will set up different scenes using various open-ended toys so they can play while I am busy doing other tasks. This will be done while they nap so that when they get up, the scene is set and ready for them to play.
Since it’s summer, I want to prioritize going out more. I actually have a bucket list that I am following to help me make the most of this summer. So some of the activities we do will come from that list.
I also want to help them develop social skills so I am working on putting them in environments where they can work in groups and learn how to communicate with others.
Another way that I am helping them with this is through reading about social behaviors that are beneficial.
Homeschooling can be really expensive so when you can save money using free printables, it can be really beneficial. Below, I have a list of go-to websites that I like to use when looking for printables.
You can also make your own printables on Canva. It’s pretty easy to do and Canva actually has worksheet templates you could use.
Now that I have explained my goals on how I will be homeschooling my preschoolers, I wanted to share a sample daily schedule to give you an idea of how you can structure these activities in your day. I am learning that with homeschooling, you don’t have to follow the same structure as they do in school so you can organize your day in a way that allows you to hit your targets while taking care of other tasks.
I love how the confessions of a homeschooler structures her week so that she hits every subject during the week and it doesn’t get boring. It’s important to keep things exciting, especially when working with toddlers to keep them engaged.
Our Daily Routine
I am still working on refining my schedule so I can get work done and keep the kids engaged in great learning activities so the above schedule is just a template for me to have an idea of how I can structure my day.
There you have it! That’s my plan to homeschool my preschoolers. Let me know how you’ll be incorporating a homeschooling plan to help you teach yours!
Jun 14, 2022
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