LM just started school and LL is still just a wee one and naps a lot.
So LB and I have some one-on-one time which we've never had before! :)
He will be 3 soon, and I wanted to come up with a simple plan for doing Preschool at Home with him this year. Here's what I've come up with:
1. Weekly Preschool Theme - I decided to have a different theme each week as we do our activities and crafts. There are tons of fun themes (check out THIS huge list!) -- and here are the ones I'm planning to use over the course of the year (**subject to change, of course!**) Click on the Themes we've done so far to see what activities we did, and maybe even a few others we've done in the past with that theme!
November - Turkeys, Family Unity,
December - Presents, Candy Canes,
February - Valentine's Day,
March - Rainbows, St. Patrick's Day, Eggs, Bunnies, . Easter
May - Mother's Day
June - Father's Day, 4th of July
July - Faith, Miscellaneous....
August - School, Dinosaurs, Fruits & Vegetables, Planets
2. Appx. 3-5 Activities/Week - I'm realistically shooting for 3-5 activities/week to go along with the weekly theme. Some weeks I may have more time and energy and do more. And sometimes life gets busy and crazy and we might not get very many activities done.....but 3-5 is my realistic goal. Not too overwhelming, but enough to feel good about. :)
I love thinking up new and fun ideas, so I'll be brainstorming ideas for the upcoming themes throughout the week and write my ideas down in my Home Organization Binder, on a new sheet I made that looks like this (which is now included in the Organization Files for Sale!):
I'll plan a variety of activities each week that will be fun for LB. Among them will be crafts, games, fun foods, & learning activities focusing on colors, numbers, letters, shapes and other preschool concepts.
3. Preparation - After I brainstorm several ideas, I'll narrow it down to the top 3-5 ideas for that theme (focusing on which ones will be the easiest to do, and the most fun for LB!)
I'm much more likely to actually do these activities with LB if I get things ready before we sit down together. So, my plan is to spend a little time on Mondays getting everything ready. I'm going do all the prep-work, and get all the odds and ends together and put them in a gallon-size Ziploc bag so it's all ready to go! (the picture below shows all the activities I've prepared for our Space-Theme next week! Stay tuned........... !!)
4. When? - 9:00am is a good Preschool time for us. LM is at school, LL is sweetly napping, and I am done reading my scriptures by then. As for what days---I guess it depends on the week. Some weeks LB and I might sit down and do an activity each day--and other weeks we might squeeze them all into 1 or 2 days--I'm not going to tie myself to a specific schedule since I know life can be unpredictable and I need to be flexible or I'll be stressed out. And a stressed out Mommy ain't no fun for nobody! :)
So that's the plan! If you think something like this would work for you too, then give it a try! If you want, you can even do the same themes and activities that I post about and save yourself oodles of time in planning it all out! You could see what I post about one week, then get everything ready and do that same theme the next week. And if you miss an activity or week here or there, no biggie. Just do what you can and enjoy having fun with your kids! :)