In our preschool homeschool we have been doing themed lessons as of recently. I thought I would share one of our themes from a couple of weeks back. At the preschool level I like to cover character, colors, shapes, introduction of letters, listening skills/ reading skills, counting, and as Chloe advances further along letter and number recognition.
As I read blogs from homeschooling veterans, and books from experts they all seem to agree on one thing. At this age learning through play is natural. With this in mind while we have lessons, I have decided to keep them short and enjoyable. The lessons themselves are centered around things my children already enjoy doing even without specific lessons in mind. I would encourage you even if you plan on sending your preschooler to public or private school to keep the idea of active playing or playing with purpose in mind with your preschooler. While free play is wonderful playing with purpose helps children to understand from a young age learning can happen in almost every environment.
My girls naturally gravitate towards arts and crafts, stories, videos, games, and anything that involves outdoor play. My two oldest girls also love helping Momma in the kitchen. What do your kids love to do? Think about those things. Use the things they enjoy to introduce new concepts and reinforce old ones. Time spent with building blocks, for example, can also be a quick lesson in counting or colors, simply by asking them to hand you a specific number of blocks or asking them to find a certain color block. Arts and crafts also naturally lend themselves to learning. With crafts, kids work on fine motor skills, cutting, pasting, counting, color/ shape recognition, and more. They just need a parent there to challenge them to try new things, help them when they get stuck, and supervise to make sure they don’t eat the glue or cut their sibling’s project in half. 😉
Now that you have the idea, here is my theme from a couple of weeks ago:
I kicked off the lesson with a viewing of Finding Nemo. I used the movie to talk about love, family, and listening skills. Plus it is just a cute movie.
Then we read a poem about fish. Now I really would have loved to have read The Rainbow Fish, but since we don’t have that book. I searched for children’s poems about fish. Reading is a great way to help young children build their vocabulary, so as you read to them not only read their favorites introduce new stories, poems, and concepts.
The final portion to the lesson was a fish craft.
- construction paper
- crayons/ markers/ paint (really whatever you are comfortable letting them use)
- white paper
- glue sticks
- Cut a fish shape out of your white paper.
- Draw face on fish.
- Cut scales out of construction paper.
- Demonstrate how to use the glue stick to put a scale on the fish.
- Let the kids have fun decorating their fish with the scales and coloring utensils.
- Display fish for all to see. 😉
***What are some of the ways your children learn best? What are some of your ideas for learning through active play?***