One of my favorite things about homeschool preschool is the ability to pack so much learning into a small amount of time. Really, that’s a blessing with homeschooling any age! This school year LG is 3 and a half turning 4, so we’re ramping up our learning time just a bit! We’ll be focusing on 3 “school” days each week and using this homeschool preschool routine for 3 year olds!
Just like our homeschool preschool binder, our school time is divided into several parts. The first thing we begin our school time with is our breakfast box. (You can read more about them by clicking HERE!) I put together 4 mini sensory bins at the beginning of each month with several activities in each. On the mornings that we have school planned, I lay out a breakfast box. LG gets to work on this activity once her breakfast is finished! (Hence the name “breakfast” box!) I try to make sure these activities are ones she can do on her own, but sometimes we do them together!
Our breakfast boxes almost always include activities from my Preschool Skills Sensory Bins or my Preschool Skills Seasonal Sensory Bins.
Our second activity for school time is a literacy activity. We are still keeping it pretty simple this year and working on skills like letter recognition, letter formation, beginning sounds, etc.! I do everything I can to make sure that these activities are hands-on and engaging! We use manipulatives such as pompoms, sand, PlayDoh, ABC stamps, magnets, shaving cream, and so much more!
All of the literacy activities that I use come from the monthly PreK/Kinder Math & Literacy units that I have created with my friend Michelle at SmittenwithFirst! We have worked so hard to create 30+ hands-on Math and Literacy activities for each month of the year!
Our third activity for the day is a math activity. Just like with our literacy activities, we have tons of fun learning about skills such as number formation, counting, representation, shapes, colors, etc. in fun and hands-on ways!
Our math activities are also from our monthly PreK/Kinder Math & Literacy units! We have so much fun building, tracing, and creating with these centers!
Fine Motor Skills
Finally, we end our practice with some extra fine motor skills practice. Now you’ve probably noticed that fine motors practice is included in all of our breakfast box, literacy and math activities. So for this part of our learning time, I try to include a lot of free practice! This is when we bust out our favorite sensory bins for free time scooping and pouring, building with PlayDoh, or crafts! Sometimes I include prompts but other times, anything is fair game!
If this sounds like a routine you’d like to follow with your 3 or 4 year old, we would love for you to join us! Each month I plan 12 days of homeschool preschool activities using this routine. Then, I e-mail them to you for FREE!
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