Let me begin by saying that although I have an Elementary Education degree and have worked in a couple different preschools (one while I was pregnant with Emilia - I really liked a little girl named Emilia that was in my class, so we stole her name :) ), I do not claim to be a "preschool expert".
I'll just share what I've done with our kids when they are "preschool" age.
|We've always had LOTS of children's books that the kids can access at all times (thank you to my mother-in-law!)|
When I first thought about doing preschool with Emilia, I had this neat little schedule written out with calendar time, circle time, stories and songs - just like what I did when I taught at a preschool. However, as I read more about homeschooling (about 30 books later - ha!) I realized that the home doesn't have to look the same as the school. So, I ditched the plans that looked like a school and incorporated learning through every day life. We talked about everything. We baked together. We read lots of books. We had tea parties. We went lots of different places. We talked and talked and talked - that girl can talk! She learned through so many different ways. She was curious. I supplied her with creative, fun things and outings. It was natural to learn through life.
Matthew is our current preschooler. I haven't really done anything specific with him. However, he has already learned a lot! This year both Emilia and Jonny will be doing school. Emilia will be in 2nd grade and Jonny will be in K. I know that Matthew is going to want some school things to do while they are doing school. I have some friends that also have preschoolers and I think we're going to have a Preschool Activity Bag Swap. We'll each make one activity 5 times and then we'll have 5 different activities for our preschoolers! I really like this idea because Matthew can have his own "curriculum" so he doesn't feel left out. I'm also going to work on writing letters and saying the sounds with him as well as writing numbers.