Every year around LG’s birthday at the end of December, I like to take a look at her school routine and how it’s working for us. I love that this happens right at New Year since we tend to do “school” all year long. “Back to school” doesn’t usually feel like such a big transition for us, but making adjustments in the new calendar year just feels natural! So for LG’s 4-year-old school year, we’re adding just a couple of elements to our school day!
The first thing we begin our school time with is our sensory bins. This allows LG to ease into learning time with a little extra play! I’ve recently been using 2 large sensory bins packed with TONS of learning activities! You can find some of our very favorite preschool sensory bin activities by CLICKING HERE!
Our sensory bins almost always include activities from my Preschool Skills Sensory Bins or my Preschool Skills Seasonal Sensory Bins. Learn more about them by clicking below!
I am so excited about our first addition to our homeschool preschool routine! While we’ve been working hard to make sure we read from LG’s Jesus Storybook Bible each day, we are looking forward to the addition of our Bible study units!
These units are geared towards little ones, but can easily be adapted to use with your older kiddos as well! We will be working through one Old Testament Bible study for the first 2 weeks of each month, and one New Testament Bible study for the second 2 weeks of each month.
Our studies are packed with discussion prompts, crafts, practice pages, sensory bins, and more! You can learn more about them on the blog by CLICKING HERE!
Our next 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 fourth 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!
Science Life Cycle Studies
We are SO excited about this second addition to our homeschool preschool routine! Like most preschoolers, LG is FULL of questions about plants and animals. So I’ve had a blast putting together some life cycle studies for her!
This growing bundle will include 12 life cycle studies – one for each month of the year! These studies are perfect additions to your seasonal studies and include tons of hands-on activities!
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!
I hope this post gives you some ideas for your homeschool preschool routine with your 4 year old! We try to stick to this routine and do school about 3 days each week. But sometimes, our favorite way to do school is to just sit down with all of her school drawers and dig through until we find something fun for the day! No matter what, sitting down with your preschooler is a great way to spend time together and introduce them to homeschool!
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