I was in this crew last year, but I ended up sending both my older kids to school this year for personal reasons. (both kids are doing very well BTW
). Anyway i miss homeschooling so I thought I would join you ladies even though my baby is only 21 mths not technically a preschooler.
I noticed I tend to do mostly activities geared towards my older kids and then the baby is just an add on. So my goal is not really to "teach" her anything it's just to expose her to all the fun toddler activities. Right now we are doing book themes. I love book themes because it gives me a basis for my ideas. But I try to just make my ideas FUN things to do together. The baby also LOVES hearing the same book over, and over, and over again so this works nicely. We basically read the book, sing some songs, do a project/sensory activity, then just play with some toys/puzzles. Even if I have ten tons of laundry/the phone rings/ the big kids want something etc. That is baby time
Oh I do blog once a week about it. You can PM if you want a link.
Originally Posted by JacquelineR
Ok. so we've been doing "Pre-homeschool" since Monday but we've already lost it. DS2 is OBSESSED with worksheets. I printed out a cut and paste activity Tuesday and he wants more and more of them! He's absolutely not interested in tracing lines whatsoever. He doesn't mind colouring though he's not really into circling things or matching pairs on paper. I have to cut out the pasting activities for him, but the second my back is turned, DS3 is destroying the house! I've tried giving him colouring pages to get him involved but there's only so many he'll do yk?
I'm trying to teach ds2 letters, numbers, shapes and colours. I feel lost! Anyone have a buoy?! How do I do this?
Do activities your kids can do together. Make it FUN! Key word. If you are actively engaging your child they will learn. Preschoolers really do learn best through play(and I don't mean parent contrived games to teach them things either) and exploration. If he isn't enjoying something drop it. We had a huge flop last week. She just didn't like the stuff I had planned. In our case she was just to young for it I think. If you share your kids ages maybe we could help you come up with activities you can do with both kids while still teaching your older one the things you would like him to learn.
Some examples would be:
- play memory for matching the older child plays the proper way, while the younger child is picking out matches from face up cards,
-for shapes play hullabaloo LOL fun!
_play an eye spy for an older child you can give shapes/letters for a younger child you can just give an object/color.
-try to avoid work books unless your child really really wants them. Younger siblings hate work book time!
-If you wantto do patterns,/ colors/ numbers do it during play time with lego's, blocks, etc. Your younger child can sit right withyou building while your older child is trying to build a tower 15 blocks high! Or in a rew and black pattern or whatever.
-use puzzles/books to teach shapes/colors/abc/numbers. "here where does number 3 go"
-do a ton of motor activities, older kids string tiny beads, toddlers string huge ones. Older kids cut out actual shapes, toddlers just cut or tear up strips of paper. Etc etc.