I love how being a stay-at-home mom has allowed me so much time to read up on homeschooling, various educational philosophies and teaching preschool. More importantly, however, it’s allowing me time to reflect on my chosen methods. Thus far in this homeschooling journey, we’ve been mostly following the classical education model in how we’ve structured preschool (I’ve read The Well-Trained Mind and have decided to focus and spend the majority of our ‘academic learning’ time mainly on phonics, numeracy and reading good books).
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As we’ve been learning at home, however, I could see that Little Man needed some extra reinforcement especially as it relates to phonics and learning to read. In order for Little Man to get more practice with this, I’ve decided to infuse ConfessionsofaHomeschooler’s Letter of the Week preschool curriculum with the Sonlight Pre-K curriculum that I’ve been using.
The Letter of the Week curriculum allows for plenty of practice with fine motor skills and numeracy. Furthermore, all of the activities are already planned and packaged and connected to the letter Little Man is learning about that week.
This weekend I downloaded the curriculum, printed a few weeks’ lesson plans, and laminated and prepared some of the resources. This curriculum is saving me time researching related letter activities on Pinterest.
Today we began using the curriculum and already I can tell it’s going to be a huge success. Following ‘circle time’, where we review the calendar, sing a song and review our weekly Bible verse/read a Bible story, we started this morning by making his weekly ‘bracelet’ which he loved. Through this activity he was introduced to the letter of the week, a shape for the week and a number. Later in the morning (after working from a phonics primer, reading a Bob Book and having some read-aloud time), we used stickers and markers to fill in an uppercase and lowercase A. We continued with this theme today by counting the number of seeds in an apple and completing an apple puzzle.
So glad to have found the Letter of the Week resource from Confessionsofahomeschooler.com and all the resources available there that provide hands-on learning ideas for parents.