Thursday, February 4, 2010

Homeschooling Preschool & Kindergarten

We have never used a lot curriculum for the early years of homeschooling.  I think that most of a child's learning at a young age comes through play, being read to, enjoying nature, and just experiencing life.

A typical school day for my youngest, currently in Kindergarten, consists of completing 2 - 4 pages in a Rod & Staff workbook series, which he started in Preschool last year, snuggling up with me on the couch while I read to him, and having "table time" where he plays with a variety of educational toys and puzzles.

These have been favorites of all our boys from the preschool years and beyond.  They've been well loved!

This is a set of Mini Motors Counters - soft rubber counting/sorting vehicles - train engine, bus, fire engine, boat, airplane, and truck.  I've been amazed at how many different ways my boys have found to play with these.

This bunch is a combination of 2 sets similar to the vehicles - farm animals and backyard bugs.

Ninjas vs. Bugs!

These wooden pattern blocks are great.  You can make countless designs, shapes, and little buildings out of them.  We had to buy a second set after too many of the first got chewed (by our dog) or lost.  Adults have been known to enjoy playing with these too!


Mom said...

I think you also need to add that Aaron (your kindergartner) makes up so many, many different designs with these blocks. He doesn't really like to use a book; he just does it himself. The last one is just an example of what he does with these blocks. It is just amazing to me!! He is definitely going to be some sort of engineer or architect. What a wonder!! :)
Love Mom (& Grandma!)

Maisy said...

I love those mini counter sets. Fun!