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I love teaching preschool because this is such a fun age when they are discovering the world around them and making great connections between what they are learning. I found some great sites to printout some preschool activities for M2 and just wanted to share everything we’ve been doing this year. I work with M1 most of the time so I needed to find something for M2 to do. He has plenty of toys to play with but he was looking for his own school work.
I really did feel like I needed to purchase curriculum at this age, I like that he’s learning without sitting down at only a set of workbooks. He’s learning but it’s through hands on activities which I feel are a more concrete way to learn.
If you have a preschooler, here are some things they can do on their own to keep them occupied while you are teaching older children or if they just want some kind of work to do. I find that M2 is more motivated to do “school” because his older brother is doing it as well.
- Play dough
- lacing cards
- dry erase books for numbers and letters
- connect the dots and mazes
- scissors and paper
- stickers and paper
- pom poms or buttons and cups to sort according to size or color
- white board and marker or chalkboard
- crayons and coloring books
- a big box of rice, beans, sand, or water with cups and scoops – caution: this is very messy
I printed these so that M2 could cover the dots with a clothes pin.
I found this number wheel on a blog that I can’t seem to find – if you know where it came from let me know (They’re from Confessions of a Homeschooler, as a reader mentioned). They also had one for the alphabet and a phonics one with pictures for each letter.
I got this from M1’s teacher, I hold up the cards and say show me 2 more than the number I have and he adds the buttons to find the answer. Or Show me two less than eight and he works it out with the buttons.
This is the best invention ever:Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center, I use this for mazes, connect the dots, and handwriting pages. For this one he has to add in the stegosauruses plates. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a sheet protector and a dry erase marker. I like this board because it is more durable. Our dry erase markers ran out, but they did last a long time. I know they have Dry Erase Crayons, but I haven’t tried them yet.
If you’re looking for more tips on teaching your preschooler at home, you can also read my 5 day series on Teaching Toddlers and Preschoolers.
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