Since Elias sees all of his friends going to school everyday (they are all homeschooled actually), he wants to be big like them and “do school” too. So, we have started doing preschool together. I do not have any formal preschool curriculum and so Pinterest and YouTube are my BFFs.
My goal in preschool is mostly to have Elias get used to the routine of school and also having Mom as a teacher. Since there is no English school option in Nabire, our only option is homeschooling. If doing preschool together accomplishes nothing but those two things, we’ll call it a win…but I do hope that he learns some other things too. I never thought I would be a homeschool mom, but I’m kind-of nerdily excited about it!
We are keeping things simple for preschool. Each week, we study a letter of the alphabet. There is gobs of stuff out there on the interwebs to do letter based preschool, so no need to reinvent the wheel here. Naturally we started out with the letter A.
A is for Apple!
First we cut an apple in half and made apple prints. Elias loves to paint way more than coloring, so I try to incorporate painting as much as I can.
Next, we “read” the book “Apples Up on Top.” Since I don’t actually own this book, we watched a video of this being read aloud on YouTube. I told you that YouTube is my BFF. There are soo many read aloud books available on there!
After watching the video, Elias glued apples “up on top” of this little guy’s head and then counted them. We only made it to 7 even though it goes to 10 in the video.
On the next day of school (we try to do school Monday, Wednesday and Friday), we talked about ants.
First we watched a little video (YouTube!) with the song “The Ants Go Marching.” Then we made these little ants with popsicle sticks, black paper circles and googly eyes. Elias loves the googly eyes. Once all our ants we made, we lined them up one by one and then two by two, etc. just like the song. We only made six ants, so our little guys only marched up to three by three.
Next, we made an ant painting using a q-tip to paint the ant bodies. Red ants were also added after I took these pictures because “red ants bite and black ants tickle.”
The very last thing we do is make a little A book. I cut out several shapes of objects all beginning with the letter ‘A’ (apple, airplane, ant, arrow and alligator) and let Elias paint them. Once they were dry, he glued one shape per page and then we could read the book we created together. To make the book itself, I sewed several pieces of 5 inch x 5 inch origami paper together. This book is only 5 pages, including the cover. I hope that by the end, he has one book for each letter of the alphabet!
All and all, I’m really loving doing preschool together. We just spend about an hour working together each time we do school and I’ve already seen progress in Elias being able to recognize letters. Yay!