Preschool – The Beginning

IMG_20130730_133654About a month ago, I decided that I would try preschool at home with my two boys, Cole who is 4 and Wyatt who is 2. So I did research on curriculums and lesson plans for preschool. Couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me. So I tried to find something that would tell me what is typically taught in preschool. Not a whole lot there either. Which I find amazing, because there is a TON of information on EVERYTHING, more information than a person could possibly need on anything, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I just made something up. I figured that I wanted them to know their letters, numbers, colors and shapes for Wyatt, basic concepts for Cole, a Bible story, basic Science, a foundation to get them started, with some crafty things thrown in for good measure.

I also decided that three days a week for right now was good enough. Then I remembered that Monday mornings aren’t good. The boys normally hang out for a couple of hours with my dad’s parents. It is the highlight of everyone’s week, and Wyatt still takes naps – thank God! Perfect solution, Wyatt will do his preschool Wednesday and Friday and Cole can do his preschool Monday afternoon while Wyatt naps, and then also Wednesday and Friday mornings, with Wyatt.

So we started this week. Boy did I learn a lot in three days. For those who know me, I just recently had my gall bladder taken out, and I still have to take it easy as I can get tired pretty quickly. That should go away in a couple of weeks, according to the doctor. Cole works really well with minimal instruction. He seemed to learn his numbers and letters, and how to spell his name, without my help and overnight. Same with colors and shapes. I guess I assumed Wyatt (who is 2, remember) would be on the same level as Cole (who, as you know, is 4). Not so much. Wyatt isn’t able to trace things very well yet, he doesn’t know colors and shapes yet and doodling is how he writes his name. So after this week, I decided I would take a different approach to helping Wyatt. Instead of printable that he can color and try to trace and generally just frustrate me and him, we are going to work on fine and gross motor skills, use flash cards to learn things like colors and shapes, work on sorting, etc.

As for this first week, read the next post to see what we did and learned. I hope you enjoy these posts as they will probably be funny and informative.

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