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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Preschool Plans for 2013/2014 School Year

Preschool in my house usually consists of reading great books, arts and crafts, learning through play, and listening in as I work with the older children.  But, Lily (4) thinks that she is a big kid and wants school work like her big brothers and sister.  So I did get some curriculum for her so she will have some schoolbooks that she can work on on her own, and some things that I can do with her.

Writing- Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers workbook and Wet Dry Try iPad app.

Math- Kumon Are You Ready For Kindergarten Math Skills- I don't think it is going to take her long to complete this workbook because she does several pages a day.

Reading- All About Reading Pre-1 - I love All About Reading and their Pre-1 is perfect for preschoolers!  Lily loves the craft pages in the student workbook.  The illustrations in the hard back books are adorable!  I just cannot say enough good things about All About Reading!

Piano- Adventus- I reviewed Adventus (you can read my review here) a few months ago, and Lily loved it! So she has been continuing on with the program.

Lily likes the AAR Craft pages so much that I ordered another book from Kumon My Book of Easy Crafts, that is a coloring, cutting, and gluing craft book that she can work on.

Other Preschool Activities that she likes to do include:

Lacing Activities- I found a cute set of animals and their habitats that you lace together at Mardels for $7.99.

Stringing Beads

Playdough- I found a really cute pack of playdough toys in the $1 bin at Target.  I need to add some other playdough toys to this bin.

Magnet Letters and Numbers-  I bought 2 cookie sheets in a pack at Dollar General for $4 and found a set of Letter Magnets and Number Magnets for $1 each at Walmart.

Cothespin Cups- Plastic Cups numbered 1-10 with a pack of clothespins.  She clips the correct number of clothespins to the cups.

Sensory Play- I made 3 bins.  One with dinosaurs and black beans, one with farm animals and rice, and one with sea animals, water beads, and sea shells.

Math Manipulatives- We have an abacus, which I love because none of the pieces can get lost!  We also have Math U See blocks, and from a review of Touch Math earlier in the year we have Texture Cards, Math Fans, Touch Shapes, and 3 D numerals.  We have several different types of building blocks, including a set of pink legos just for the girls!

All of these activities are on a shelf that she can easily reach on her own, along with construction paper, glue, crayons, scissors, paint and other crafts when she wants to get crafty.

Our Favorite Preschool Apps include:

Wet, Dry, Try

Bugs and Bubbles

Telling Time

Curious George Sunny Safari

*link to All About Reading Pre-1 is my affiliate link.  I only form affiliate relationships with companies whose products I actually use and can recommend.
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