Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Look Ahead for Kayleigh

I hesitate to call this year pre-k because that isn't exactly where we're at in life.  It's more of a tot school/pre-k hybrid.  LOL  Whatever you call it, here's what it's going to look like.  I hope.

Kayleigh will be 3.5 when we start.

Our Goals 

  • ~Simple Memory Verses
  • ~Manners and social skills
  • ~Love of literature though tons of books
  • ~Letter Identification-Upper and Lower Case
  • ~Phonemic Awareness (to know that letters make sounds. I don't necessarily expect her to learn what sounds each letter makes at this age since she shows very little interest.  Although she does know some thanks to Leap Frog and Brainy Baby dvds.)
  • ~Color Identification
  • ~Number Identification
  • ~Counting to 20
  • ~Shape Identification (square, triangle, circle, oval, rectangle, heart, star)
  • ~Sizes (big, medium, small)
  • ~Patterns (AB & ABC)
  • ~Positional Words
  • ~Early Letter Writing Skills (wasn't in my original plan but she's asking)
  • ~Days of the Week/Months of the year (circle time)
  • ~Fine Motor Skills-Cutting, Gluing, Coloring, Tracing
  • ~Print Awareness (following print, understanding that letters make up words, etc.) 
  • ~Reading Comprehension (Tell me what happened? What do you think will happen next?)
  • ~Vocabulary Development
  • ~Musical Awareness (singing simple songs, exploring instruments, keeping time)
  • ~Basic Computer Skills (through the use of ABC Mouse, Starfall, and the Raising Rockstars Power Point lessons)
  • ~Very basic exposure to sight words since they are part of the RR program.  I have no expectations for this at all and we will not spend a lot of time focusing on them.

What We'll Be Using

       * Sonlight P3/4
       * ABC Mouse   
       * Starfall 
       * Letter of the Week Curriculum for hands-on 
       * Making Learning Fun activities
       *ABC Twiggles
       *Various Kumon books
       * Tot Beginnings games and activities
       * Various Learning Toys listed below

The Raising Rockstars Preschool Program and Sonlight P3/4 will be the spine for our year. Each day she will have a short "circle time",  6 guided learning activities, 2/3 learning toys for free play (rotated weekly), and, of course,  our beloved Sonlight books.   

The guided learning activities will include the Raising Rockstars components, computer time, puzzles, and other activites and crafts from LotW, Tot Beginnings, ABC Twiggles, and Making Learning Fun. I am making an effort to play more games with her this year, so I have those "scheduled" in twice a week.  I really hope I don't fall off the band wagon with that. 

Some of our Tools


~Heather said...

Ooo, I might steal this list for my own preschoolers! While I finished my regular plans, I haven't touched my preschool stuff yet...

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Julie said...

Looks like a great list! I love the tot school things we did last year. DD is now 4, so we're going to try some more reading readiness skills and letter recognition. We'll see how she does with letter sounds. We are doing SL P3/4 too, our 2nd time through, plus my own schedule of stuff.

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Our Village is a Little Different said...

These are all so sweet, I wish I had a little one to use them with!

The Princess and the Tot said...

I LOVE your goals! We will be doing SIMPLE memory verses this coming year, too!

jess_hak said...

Looks like a great list to me! One of my little guys is 3.5 too. We are at the same place as you. He is a smart little guy, but I'm not sure I want to put him in the 'preschool' category yet. Plus, then what would I actually do for his preschool year? lol

Laura said...

Love the plans! I am sure you will have a great year! Can't wait to see all the plans in action :)

Debra said...

These plans look great! Hope you have a fabulous year!!

Our Peculiar Lives said...

looks fun!

Carolyn said...

Love, love, love your morning board!! I was wondering how I was going to incorporate the RRSP board into our calendar board next year. I am sooo looking forward to following you start out preschool. You are paving the way for me next year. :) A great week with great learning!

btw, I am totally pinning your board on my Pinterest board. http://pinterest.com/cmhodae/homeschooling/ :)

Carolyn said...

whoops I meant to post that under your tot school post with your trial run of preschool. lol.


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