After focusing so much on our older boys in past posts, I figure it’s about time to highlight our preschooler, Levi. But be forewarned: I am not a creative preschool teacher. Fortunately, I don’t have to be because he’s pretty creative all by himself.
Disclaimer: Our 4-year-old has the normal attention span of a 4-year-old boy. (At least… I think it’s normal?) Thankfully, he likes to color, but he doesn’t stick with an activity for longer than 5-10 minutes at a time. So… we mostly use a coloring book, a notebook, play-doh, and Wikki Stix.
- Obedience and Getting Along with Brothers
- The names and sounds of each letter of the alphabet (short vowel sounds first)
- How to write each letter of the alphabet
- To write numbers to 20
- To count to 100
- To recognize numbers to 100
- To recognize some Greek (or Latin) letters
- To learn to draw basic shapes of (and label) continents and oceans
- Narrate some Bible stories (mainly through simple puppetry, our Grapevine Studies timelines, or however he chooses)
- Some Living Math (He’s learning a lot of math skills just from life itself.)
- Memory Work x 8 subjects (Classical Conversations)
[Note: Next year for Kindergarten we aim to start Saxon 1 (for math) and All About Reading Level 1 (for phonics/reading).]
For those not in Classical Conversations, you can use National Geographic Map Maker or any number of other maps… We especially like Ducksters Geography for the key maps you can color in like the one shown below.
Our Blank Handwriting/Illustration pages, but he’s not quite there yet. (He does like to draw in the illustration section at least.) There are also several copywork pages freely available on the Classical Copywork website, which we may use when he is ready for copywork later this year.
We also have some additional pages in the back for extra writing practice and math awareness. All of these are either laminated or in page protectors.
Other sheets from School Sparks are available on a single-download-at-a-time basis:
Click here for School Sparks Kindergarten Worksheets
Although it’s not free, he really enjoys his Tools Preschool Unit.
And we will probably use the Tin Whistle page (and possibly others) from our Fine Arts Notebooking Packet and Music Theory links.
[Note: I’ve found that our 4-year-old will complete more if I take out the sheets for him to complete and then put them back into the notebook when he’s finished.]
That wraps up our notebook time. But let me go ahead and spill the beans here and admit… we don’t get to everything every single day. This is, however, the beginning of a habit that’s simple and works well for us.
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