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post #21 of 54
My 3.5yo regularly uses:
-lots and lots of story books, alphabet stories are his favorite at the moment
-an abacus
-big sibs as teachers
-lots of wooden trains to count and drive all over the house
-blocks
-construction paper letters of his name on the wall for finger tracing
-crayons, colored pencils, etc
-his very own spiral notebook
-neighborhood walks (he points out letters and numbers everywhere)
-and because his big sibs are also hsed, he asks for his own "skoo time" daily. He likes the tracing papers from www.donnayoung.org's beginning handwriting section, and has his own McGraw Hill Spectrum preschool book. I give him no more than two pages a day, they take him anywhere from 3-10 minutes a day.
post #22 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thank you for more WONDERFUL ideas! I do feel a little overwhelmed .... I just needed a place to start! I love all the websites and money saving tips too!
post #23 of 54
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Originally Posted by GranolaMoon View Post
My 3.5yo regularly uses:

-an abacus
I had one when I was young, but I don't recall what we did with it.

What can you do or kids do with an abacus?
post #24 of 54
My preschool list would be:

Sand
Eyedroppers
Spoons
Tweezers
Knitting Mushroom
Fishbowl
Construction paper
Paints
crayons
pastels
magnetic letters
math blocks like cuisenaire rods, Math U See, Mon. beads, or Base 10.
A globe
Puzzle maps
yarn
toilet paper tubes
an easel
mats
trays
books
magnifying glasses
a stethescope
prism
thermometer
musical instruments
yoga mat & dvd
blocks
stamps
stencils
colorforms
dress up/pretend play




A lot of this is stuff already found around the house, but it's all very useful for a preschooler.
post #25 of 54
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What a great list LilyGrace! Thank you!
post #26 of 54
OK... let's get the recipe for this yummy PB playdoh!
post #27 of 54
I bought HANDS ON HOMESCHOOLING used from someone for $40 (retails for $90). Some homeschooling mom's may laugh because I bought a curriculum, but I have no idea where to start and wanted to try something that gave me ideas and to see if I liked homeschooling.

It is religious based, which I really didn't want. I would have preferred a secular based one because I don't necessarily like all the Bible stories they want me to teach. So I skip the stories and just do whatever activities I want to do that week.

There are 3 activities a day for 5 days. They include:

Tracing letters/worksheets - 2 activities for the week
Making a bulletin board with a new letter each week (with things that start with that letter...then you run with it in every day use)
Cooking once a week
A few arts/crafts projects
Singing - a new song each week - and we sing the songs from the other weeks
Doing an ALL ABOUT ME book and doing something creative to go with it each week
Of course there is something to do with the Bible story each day.

It gives you an idea of what to teach your little one. I would get a few toddler curriculum books from your library for some arts/crafts ideas or teaching some lessons. Do what you want.

I thought I would do something each day. It doesn't work for me since we go to play group one day, park another, music another, gymnastics another. We are plenty busy with regular play and I have decided on 2 days a week for a few hours each day. We do all the activities I like for the week in those 2 days.

If you put a 3YO in pre-school, they go 2 days a week for 2.5 hours. So I'm doing that and then some.

I thought about getting BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW, but I bought this first, so I will run with it.
post #28 of 54
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Originally Posted by rahrahgobg View Post
If you put a 3YO in pre-school, they go 2 days a week for 2.5 hours.
Mine went twice a week when he was two, and three times a week when he was three - but most of it was just free play time where they could run around playing with one another, playing on outdoor play equipment, or playing with toys inside. There was also snack time. The rest was short circle times when they sang, listened to music, and did a few fun little movement activities, some extremely simple little craft activities, and various special activities like simple tumbling. Nothing was required of them except for reasonably cooperative behavior that didn't disrupt or hurt anyone - but if one was having trouble keeping it together, he got to sit on a teacher's lap to relax and feel comforted. Lillian

post #29 of 54
A book with some great art activities is Young at Art by MaryAnn Kohl. It really opened my eyes to more creative art activities. I ended up using the book to create a "Messy Art" playgroup for my sons' friends.
post #30 of 54
Thread Starter 
WOW! More wonderful ideas!!! I couldn't be more excited!

rahrahgobg ~ I really love that idea ~ HANDS ON HOMESCHOOLING. Where did you get it for more than half the price?

Lillian ~ I am going to check out your link in your sig.

Martha_2sons ~ I will absolutely check that book out! Thank you! What a great idea .... you started your own playgroup with it!
post #31 of 54
Can you elaborate on the All About Me book? I think my ds would be really into that!

TIA
post #32 of 54
About singing the ABC's... Our house is a HUGE Star Wars fan house, and my kids have been singing the Star Wars theme song (Da Da Da Daaa da da daaa) since they could walk. Anyway- when we go for walks I always sing silly songs and I tried and tried to sing the ABC's and my DS1 would NOT, NOT let me sing the abc's. I would start he would sing Star Wars. So I sang the ABC's to the starwars theme, and let me tell you it is very VERY hard. Now my kids can sing their ABC's in two different songs. Funny how once we learn something a certain way we have a hard time doing it any other way.

Sing LOTS of songs, teach about the seasons, weather thing that kids can see easily. Leaf rubs are fun, flower collection and wreath making with seasonal items. LOTS of books, and art projects, simon says, paper tear collages. I let my kids (about once a month) draw in flour on a cookie sheet- messy but cool according to them.
post #33 of 54
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Originally Posted by yarngoddess View Post
About singing the ABC's... Our house is a HUGE Star Wars fan house, and my kids have been singing the Star Wars theme song (Da Da Da Daaa da da daaa) since they could walk. Anyway- when we go for walks I always sing silly songs and I tried and tried to sing the ABC's and my DS1 would NOT, NOT let me sing the abc's. I would start he would sing Star Wars. So I sang the ABC's to the starwars theme, and let me tell you it is very VERY hard. Now my kids can sing their ABC's in two different songs. Funny how once we learn something a certain way we have a hard time doing it any other way.
We also have major Star Wars fanatics here--I will have tp try it with the ABC's, and to Vader's theme, too. Great one!
post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by Martha_2sons View Post
A book with some great art activities is Young at Art by MaryAnn Kohl. It really opened my eyes to more creative art activities. I ended up using the book to create a "Messy Art" playgroup for my sons' friends.
I cant find that book, are you sure thats the author? I found either that author or title, but not together.
post #35 of 54
Thread Starter 
More wonderful tips!!! Thank you thank you thank you mamas! I love all the great ideas!

I am interested in that book too....
post #36 of 54
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post #37 of 54
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ds is about the same age as the op's kiddo. he's going to preschool 2 mornings a week this year, but next year we'll be keeping him home, and i'm looking for some ideas to use this year when he isn't at school, and next year when he's with me all the time. i'll be checking out all the links later.

i second the request for the pb play doh recipe :. ds loves play doh right now.
post #38 of 54
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Originally Posted by nitemarehippygirl View Post
i second the request for the pb play doh recipe :. ds is loves play doh right now.
I just Googled "best peanut butter playdough recipe" and got this Cook.com page with a whole bunch. One takes out milk (for the lactose intolerant) and one adds oatmeal, and I didn't look further...

This is reminding me of some Power Balls my artists' group used to have on hand for quick snacks - gotta' look for that! But here's a similar one from Peggy O'Mara's "Peggy's Kitchen" page:
Super Power Protein Balls: one cup peanut butter mixed with 3 tablespoons dried milk powder, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and enough yogurt to moisten to a rolling consistency. Add carob powder, nuts, raisins, coconut, or oats, and roll in sesame seeds.

And on that note, off to lunch...

Lillian
post #39 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thank you for posting the recipe Lillian! Yummmmmy!
post #40 of 54
I dont think this has been posted in this thread yet - mommy brain, lol, but this is a great preschool program I found. I ordered the sample free kit and we are probably going to continue with the program, you get a hardcover book, music cd, puzzle, and workbook for free, and then something similar each month I think...

http://www.brightervision.com/
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