How Are We Playing School?
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We started here. I began picking up books that have activities, coloring, tracing and more in them from our local stores, like Target, Walmart, and our favorite store for kid's books- Ollie's. I also found that Amazon has a ton of books, and hello, PRIME! She did okay with these, and it kind of gave me and idea of where to go, and how to teach her better.
Here are some of her favorites:
This was one of my favorites. I love a good printout and and if it’s one I can laminate so she can use it over and over again, or pass it on to her sister, even better! I scoured google and Pinterest till I found the printouts I needed and liked.
You can follow my Pinterest board full of resources for kiddos, HERE!
I like many of the free types you find online, but months ago, I stumbled upon an Instagram account, called Arrows and Applesauce. I think I found Kristen and her blog/shop through Busy Toddler, Susie (we will talk about her later!). I watched Kristen post in her stories of her kids being homeschooled, and saw these beautiful resources her kids were using. I learned her blog has a storefront on Etsy, where sells these printouts, that she makes. You can visit her shop HERE! *I spoke with Kristen, and she gifted me a code to share with my friends and readers, for 15% off her shop! Use KENT15 ! THANK YOU KRISTEN!*
I very quickly threw some in my cart, and I have since then purchased more from her.
Through Kristen I have found a couple of other blog/stores on Instagram and Etsy, that I adore, and I plan to support soon! If you follow me on Instagram, I am creating a highlight tab full of my favorite accounts and resources, so they are easier to track down!
We have not gotten the hang of this ‘Busy Binder’, yet. Or maybe, it’s just not what works for us. I am not sure yet. But, the idea behind it is that it’s a notebook that the child can work through on their own (to an extent), practicing letters, writing, shapes and so much more.
The binder is great in theory, and I am determined to figure it out so my girls can utilize it, better.
Arrows and Applesauce has a lot of helpful resources for Busy Binders, and I believe she even has some for sale on her Etsy page, or can custom bundles for you.
Tools For Creating Your Busy Binder
This momma thoroughly enjoys reading. I mean, I have two books going right now, check out my posts on books, here.
I am passionate about kids learning to read, reading and loving books. I have been even in high school.
We are making it a habit to read a book, books, or multiple chapters of a book, together at night before bed. We really enjoy chapter books that have some type of animation in them. My girls are loving it, they can’t wait to find out what happens next in the book we are reading, and they love “cuddling up” to me while we read, and they have began fighting over who sits the closest to me and the book.
I am making it a personal challenge to see how many books we can read to them this year. We are going to begin adding in trips to the library, they will be allowed to check out books on topics that we are studying.
I also signed them up for Tiny Humans Read, it’s a monthly subscription box service, as part of their Christmas. They get 5 books a month, and they are gorgeous!
Check out Tiny Humans Read, here!
This is probably not something they will get much of, unless I can land them into one of the church schools in town.
I feel that this is a creative way for me to incorporate both pre-kindergarten prep and His word, together.
I don’t have a great resource for this, yet. I am kind of figuring this out, well, all of this pre-k stuff out, as I go!
I aim to make them familiar with at least one verse of scripture, talk to them and teach them about the lesson that goes with it, and incorporate a craft with each lesson. Like they would in their class at church or in Sunday school!
Both girls did better with these than I thought they would! I thought out of the box on this one, well I tried. I wanted them to get the hang of matching, but matching more than the memory card games.
I saw on Busy Toddler that she uses numbers, letters, colors, even their names to practice matching!
I bought and laminated a few matching resources off of Arrows and Applesauce, and I also channeled my inner Busy Toddler momma, and made some myself.
I made quick matching games for both girls, matching colors for both, matching numbers and shapes for the oldest. I have more planned, too! They love stickers for this, like these little yard sale tag type stickers!
These are a hit and miss with the girls.
I love flash cards and used them all through school.
I found several sets I like for them, so of them we have not used yet. I will show pictures of each.
Our favorites are by Melissa and Doug, they have questions, information, just good stuff. They have sets that go up to fifth grade.
the other flash cards were gifted to us, or I bought them off Etsy!
3/14/2020 04:45:45 am
Well done mommy!! You can be super proud!
3/15/2020 05:35:09 am
We took a very similar approach to preschool when my kids were little. Our homeschooling looks way different now but I miss those days when learning was purely fun. And I loved Melissa and Doug stuff too for preschool!
3/15/2020 01:24:24 pm
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Hey Ya'll! My name is Amy, I am a girl mom (times two), married to one of my favorite guys, a daughter, a Jesus follower and so much more. I love preworkout and a great sweat, I collect books like trophies, I love to cook but hate a dirty kitchen. I love grungy country music, bell bottom pants, turquoise (the mineral) and converses. Our house is full of love and laughter as we navigate this busy life together, focusing on keeping the important parts of life the biggest parts, and building a healthy and safe place in our family of four!