First, I’d like to write a little update.
I’ve been wanting to post more things in this blog, but not everything was homeschool related. And I felt like maybe it would be a little too off topic. You see, I’ve had blogs for years. I started my very first one right before we decided to have children. Then, I redid the blog to allow for baby bump updates, birth stories, and the documentation of our early married years. I loved that blog so much. But I decided to make it private because I started it before I was truly aware of the dangers of social media. There was just too much personal information on it, and I didn’t feel comfortable having all of that out in the open.
I look back on that blog occasionally and I am still so happy I documented those things. I’d like to bring that back into this blog. This blog will still be very much a homeschooling blog, because let’s face it, that is most of my life at the moment, ha! My husband and I have some really awesome dreams for our future, that will really build on our children’s homeschool journey. In the meantime we have a lot of researching and studying to do. I’d like to document that as well. There is so much more to our lives than just figuring out homeschooling.
And on that note,
Our schooling has started to morph into more productive days now that we are a couple months into it. My focus is still more on Tanner’s school work as he is in Kindergarten, and my goal for Wesley’s preschool is to be play based. But with a preschooler, who is very excited about school, it can be difficult to divide my attention sometimes. I’ve implemented a few, somewhat independent, activities for him to do while I focus on the core subjects with Tanner. I will quickly share a few of those in this post.
“ABC Find it”
I printed a few of these ABC Find it pages when Tanner was doing preschool work 2 or 3 years ago. He didn’t really care for it too much, but I decided to keep them around for Wesley. I’m glad I did. It makes for great independent time for him! I laminated everything to make it a bit more durable. I stick the cut out squares in some sensory stuff like dry rice or beans, and he has to dig through to find them. Then he puts the pieces on the matching answer sheet. This gives Tanner and I at least 5-10 minutes to work together.
Learning with Manipulatives
Manipulatives are a favorite in this house. Scrabble tiles, character erasers, geometric blocks, math counting manipulatives, and even candy are some of the manipulatives we use weekly. The first two pictures are activities I created pretty quickly. We were working on the letter A, so I made an A out of squares, and wrote numbers 1-3 on the squares. Wesley used our unifix cubes to match the color to the number, and created an A out of the blocks. I also wrote out a few words that begin with the letter A, and he used his scrabble soup game pieces to match the tile to the letter on the paper.
A part of Wesley’s curriculum, Reading the Alphabet (which is now offered for free!), has these little games with finding numbers from 1-10 and 11-20, and 1-6 for dice matching. Sometimes we use candy as manipulatives, especially this time of year! Makes for a delicious reward once the activity is over!
Free play with somewhat educational games has got to be the best way to keep Wesley distracted so Tanner and I can work on school work. This past week was a week full of play with these Learning Resources Geometric blocks. I love seeing his creativity and imagination bloom. We also use our Spielgaben set often, but I’ll write a different post on that.
Creative Work and Crafting
This is still fairly new to me because Tanner never enjoyed doing crafts until the past few months. I, being extremely crafty to a fault, love that they both are starting to enjoy this! And it frees up quite a bit of time for me to either lesson plan, clean up school supplies, or craft with them!
I hope this post can help you with some ideas to help homeschool an older child and a preschooler, at the same time!