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I thought I would share what we do for homeschool preschool right now! Just a disclaimer: every kid, especially at two-years old, is going to learn differently, and what works for some may not work for all. My daughter LOVES to learn, and would sit at her desk for hours if I let her, so having a structured “school time” is what works best for us! I’ll link everything I can throughout the post, but I will also have everything linked together at the end for your convenience.
THIS IS OUR ROUTINE:
We use the ABCs of God’s Attributes cards from Tiny Theologians. Each card explains how God is all-knowing or faithful, for example, and includes a bible verse. We work through one letter at a time, and I will draw it on the chalkboard and have my daughter trace and re-write the letter for practice, then we’ll practice the verse with simple hand motions I come up with to help make memorization easier. Once she has a verse down, we move onto the next letter!
My absolute favorite children’s bible is the Jesus Storybook Bible, which we read every single night, but for our schooltime we like to use this hands-on bible. Each story is only a few pages long, and has stopping points with fun ways to interact with what’s going on in the story (for example, it asks you to act like your favorite animal when discussing God’s creation of the earth). At the end of each story, it has a “Jesus connection,” an easy activity, song, talking points, and prayer. I love that there is no prep-work for me to do beforehand!
I wanted to incorporate coloring into our routine, just for the sake of practicing coloring inside the lines. My daughter likes to rush through coloring pages and will flip through a book with only a single crayon streak on each page, so I thought this would be a good exercise for focused practice. We’ll rip a page or two out of a coloring book, then use crayons, markers, stamps or stickers, just depending on what we’re feeling that day! Isn’t that the beauty of homeschool?
I just grabbed an old 3-ring binder we already had with the sleeves inside and created sheets on Canva with my daughter’s name, alphabet and numbers for her to trace. I also found some sheets on Etsy or google to print out and practice tracing lines and shapes as well. We use these washable dry erase markers, because they actually come out of her clothes, unlike expo markers (I learned this the hard way). Sometimes we will pull out one of our puzzles to use alongside our worksheets, or these dot stickers are a good tool, too for matching letters or numbers (and come in a pack of over 1,000!) We also have a giant dry-erase tracing workbook from Costco, which I couldn’t find online, but I found two separate ones that look like the same thing, just split into two. I’ll link them here and here.
I wrote about blanket time in this blog post here, which is something we’ve implemented since my oldest daughter was 6 months old. It’s a great way to teach little ones about the boundary of the blanket, time (via timer or whenever we say she’s done) and self-entertainment with 1-2 toys. We now use blanket time during our school routine for playing with messy or small toys with tiny parts. I’ll list a bunch of ideas I have below:
- Sensory bins
- Playdoh or kinetic sand
- Reusable sticker pads
- Blocks, puzzles, shapes (I linked a bunch here)
- Bees game
- Threading beads
- Balance rocks
- Magnetic blocks
- Dress-up doll game
- Wooden instruments
- Princess matching card game
- You can find more ideas in this blog post!
If we have time at the end, we’ll do a craft — or we completely skip the blanket activity if I know it’s going to take a while. I have a pinterest board with ideas that I add or rotate through depending on the time of year or holidays coming up, but you are free to check them out! We’ll play with paint, make birthday cards for friends, or do a fun craft I find on pinterest!
All of this typically takes us 30 minutes to an hour, which is another beauty of homeschooling (especially in these pre-school years) because there is no right or wrong way to learn. This structure is what I’ve found works best for my daughter currently at 2-years old, and it’s nice to have full flexibility if we need to make any changes or adjustments. I hope this was helpful! Let me know what activities you do with your kiddos or if you homeschool them!
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