I had a few people ask what we do for our Preschool Time.
I have found the best way to keep our preschoolers happy during school time is to keep them active and involved. Every day I have a different little one help me in the kitchen in the a.m. This usually involves helping me make bread. I like working one on one as this gives us special time together, and it is less hectic than 4 little ones all wanting to do their part.
After that we do a tidy up of their play area. This is usually just putting away toys, sweeping, and dusting.
*****The Happy Clean-Up crew***********
We then have our prayer time, Bible verse, singing time, letter of the week, and "Phonics Lesson". We are using My Father's World K for this time for our 2-5 yo. Our 5 yo also does Abeka K Phonics and Bob Jones K Math and Handwriting. He is reading short words so during our short phonics lesson he does it in sign language.
****** *Wee Babe Signing Please****
We then do our "Center Time"
We do three centers/day with each child doing 10 mins. per center. Our 2 yo has his own centers.
Here are the centers we currently do
Art Card Matching Game
Box Center (In this I have different shaped boxes ;circle, square, heart and a small wallet with snaps and zippers, a mint box, and a small glass jar) I put different little buttons and beads and they have fun exploring and rearranging the boxes. This is great practice for snapping, zipping, and fine motor skills)
Sorting glass rocks with tongs
Pouring water or rice into several containers w/ or w/o a funnel
weighing rocks w/a small scale
A Big Kid Lego- This is a treat as we don't allow the Littles to play w/ the Big kid Legos. They enjoy putting the bricks together under my supervision.
Tracing Letters in Corn Meal
Crushing Spices w/a Mortar and Pestle
Digging for "treasures" in rice with a baby spoon and small tweezers (I hide counting bears, and beads)
Doing stamps on paper and coloring them in
Play-doh w/utensils (I have them make food out of the Ply-do and then practice cutting with child size fork and "knife"
2 yo centers
I don't expect our 2 yo to spend a lot of time doing centers. He loves sitting w/us during our Bible and song time.
He enjoys his centers, and when he is done he usually heads to his high chair for his daily banana feast.
Dr. Kit w/ Baby
Transferring beans from cup to bowl
After this is over we do a craft..
Followed by snack time..
Followed by.. a Signing Time DVD. Signing Time has been GREAT for our adopted kiddies learning English. It is multi sensory and, it has helped things click, and they really enjoy it. I am not big on DVD's, but I love this series.
We then head outside for playtime..
We then head inside to have more playtime. Each of the three boys has blankets which I made. They sit on them and work either with large Legos, wooden blocks and cars, toy soldiers, or their wooden train tracks. They rotate blankets every 15 minutes.
This gives me time to correct older children's school work or to give help. I also do this during naptime, and during their Signing Time.
Wee Babe wanders from Blanket to blanket playing.
We then have lunch and naptime. .
During this time Sweet Pea is either napping, eating, scooching, or on my hip.
Our afternoons vary depending on the day, but usually include swimming, free play, park, or errands.