Twas the night before Preschool… And the homeschool Mommy was up late… Preparing all the school tools… for her little homeschool mate! Ha!
Tomorrow will be our first official day of the Preschool 2016-2017 year. Aimlee is almost 4. We started doing Preschool in January and took a little summer break. She was so excited watching me go through my school supply cabinet getting ready to start school. She kept asking to do the projects I was pulling them out, I told her she had to wait until tomorrow (got to build anticipation).
Homeschooling in a small space is not ideal, but can defiantly be done. Since we are living in my mom’s basement right now, we use the living room for many different rooms including my husband’s office and our home school room. We still have a 2 year old, so we use a baby yard across the room to separate the living room and the office/classroom- this helps the space feel more divided and keeps little fingers out of things that they should not be touching. This also helps the space feel more private for learning.
I got two cabinets- you can go to a wholesale warehouse or one that recycles cabinets that were ordered incorrectly- and you can get a good deal. I use one cabinet for our book and school supply area. I label the shelves accordingly. I keep upcoming seasons and units on one shelf, things that she will be growing into (in a longer time frame), projects for cold winter days (sand, water painting, puzzles) on another shelf. I also keep our extra school supplies and books in there too. My husband put baby latches on that shelf to keep kids out of the supplies.
The other cabinet is for school “works”/projects. We are doing a Montessori concept, where the student get to choose their own work (with some guidance). They are responsible for following all the steps, completing the work, cleaning it up and putting it away. On the shelves, I offer many works that get exchanged regularly. Currently, we have a Fine Motor grasping work using tongs, “pin punching” and Play dough . We have “I- Spy” for Phonics and a 1 to 1 counting work using small colored math blocks.
She also can do cutting, drawing and crafts- which we have in our Easel. Each day we will do sound lessons- until she knows all of her sounds. She knew quite a few at the end of Spring- so I am excited to see where she is with her math and Phonics. We will also be doing units- we are starting with “All about Me,” “Family” and will be doing “Zoo Animals”- in a couple weeks around her birthday- when we plan to take a field trip to the Zoo. She will have a fun Scavenger Hunt to do there.
There is something so magical about a teacher watching their own child grow and learn. I am so grateful that God blessed me with the ability to teach my children. People keep asking me how long I plan to homeschool the kids. I know that it is right for us now, and I will take each year as it comes, and see what God has in store for us then. I am excited to see what this first week of Preschool holds and looking forward to all the fun we are going to have this year!