As a stay at home mom to a preschooler, sometimes I wonder if my oldest is getting all the “preschool” education and social skills that he needs to start kindergarten and fit in with his peers. While I know that staying home with my kids has been the best decision I’ve made, I still want to make sure he’s getting all he needs education wise, and that starts well before kindergarten. You’ll be surprised how many people I meet who are surprised I work with J so much on things at home, but living in the state that is at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to education, and funding for education, I am determined to make sure J Myster has a good start.
I picked up this $3 dollar workbook by Mead several months ago and each morning after breakfast, I pull a few pages out of it for J to work on. He absolutely loves learning and its so easy to teach him. This is also the same kid who excitedly watches school buses go by in the morning and can’t wait to start kindergarten. I just know that first day of school when we drop him off, he’ll hardly look back.
But anyway, back to what I’ve been working on him with. J Myster probably knows about 30 site words, that we started on when he turned three. He can easily spout out the words from flash cards I found in Target’s dollar bins. Great purchase right?
But I realized I have been neglecting the math portion of what preschoolers should know before they start school. Basic counting is necessary before school and while J can count to twenty, (always skipping the number 13, might I add), we hadn’t until a few months ago, done any addition or subtraction.
This is still coming hard to J, but the fact that we are working on other things besides reading is great because it will help me see what he excels in naturally and what we need to work on.
This preschool book covers everything from colors, shapes, sizes, letters, sounds, early math and science to music and movement exercises. We are only a fourth of the way thru the book because my new printer has been printing out educational work pages (it’s an app) and we’ve been working on those instead since those work pages have the same concept.
What’s great about doing a little homeschooling is I can keep him entertained while teaching and it even allows me to get in some of my computer work while he’s doing his own homework in the morning hours.
This particular page out of the book was about matching all the colors to the appropriate foods and gluing them to the shopping baskets. He loves anything where he gets to use glue. 😉
Other activities have been where he is learning how to write letters. He can now fully write his name, although he tends to write the “J” backward.
Mathematically we are working on simple addition, like adding 2 apps to 3 apples. He’s picking up on this concept as long as the sum is 10 or under. For some reason, if we go higher than 10, he miss counts. But I think he’s still doing amazing.
The best part for me is just how excited he gets to do pages out of his workbook, and after breakfast, he is usually the one to remind me that we need to work on it.
What kinds of things have you been working on with your preschooler to prepare them for kindergarten?
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