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Anyone else doing PreK this upcoming year?

 

My DS will be turning five in September, but since his birthday is after the cutoff for school here I'm calling it his PreK year.

 

We're planning on RS math and HWOT. Not sure what to do about reading. We have PP, but he already reads pretty well.

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My youngest DS will be 5 in November and this will be his preK year. I came looking for ideas to get motivated to do this for the fourth time. Teaching phonics had definitely lost its bloom. Lol. So far I'm planning just real open and go stuff, stuff that's easy to fit in around the big kids lessons.

 

Right Start 2e level A

Developing the early learner

Continue AAR pre level

HWOT preK

Possibly move into get set for the code if he's ready

Classic picture books

 

***I'm considering using LOE because he has trouble making various letter sounds. Much more so than any of my other kids had.***

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I'm doing light pre-k with my youngest. He'll be 3, but has a speech delay and acts so much younger so I don't 'expect' as much of it. Our pre-k is pretty light anyway. 

 

Pinterest math and science fun

sensory/art activities 

Nursery rhyme curriculum: http://curry.virginia.edu/go/wil/rimes_and_rhymes.htm  . I used to with my oldest to work on rhyming skills for reading, but I'll still do the fun stuff with my youngest and hope it works more on his speech. 

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My DS just turned 4. Here are my plans:

 

OPGTR and ETC primers

Little Books and Animal Friends readers from Abeka.

I also picked up Art Projects K4 from Abeka. My older kids each have an Artpac, and this seemed like a similar book

Preschool Math at Home and various math manipulative I’ve collected over the years

AO Year 0 books—we’ve already started these

Child Sized Masterpieces

The Story Bible

Various audio books and kid’s cds. I’m hoping to wean him off my tablet with these. ☺ï¸

 

I’m assuming we’ll stretch these books over 2 years. I’ll also likely pick up some R&S preschool books. All my kids have done at least one of these!

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My DS will be 5 in Oct and is obsessed w/letters. So i am taking advantage when he is in the mood. 

 

We do AAR Pre Reading now. He loves Ziggy. If we get done with that and he is still interested we will probably do AAR 1 in the fall. I won't push him though. 

MEP Reception maybe

MP Junior K Read Alouds and Book of Crafts for Junior K. 

Lots of Board Games

Continue w/speech and feeding therapy if he needs it. 

 

I will say he is my first and i am LOVING this age. It is a lot of fun!

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My DS will be 5 in Oct and is obsessed w/letters. So i am taking advantage when he is in the mood.

 

We do AAR Pre Reading now. He loves Ziggy. If we get done with that and he is still interested we will probably do AAR 1 in the fall. I won't push him though.

MEP Reception maybe

MP Junior K Read Alouds and Book of Crafts for Junior K.

Lots of Board Games

Continue w/speech and feeding therapy if he needs it.

 

I will say he is my first and i am LOVING this age. It is a lot of fun!

DS is my first too. I love this age as well.

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Here are my notes for my 4 year old. This will be my third time through PreK, so I have most of this already.

Circle Time
    • Calendar
    • Weather
    • Read aloud from MP's Junior K list

Finish "Preschool" first
    • Rod and Staff's PreK B-DEF (we're doing books A, B, and C now)
    • Consistency is important! You can start new books (singapore, handwriting skills) in the middle of the year

Math
    • Singapore Math Essentials K book A
    • Singapore Math Essentials K book B
    • C-rods
    • Education Unboxed

Reading & Writing
    • Phonics Pathways
    • Spalding method with clock letters 
    • Handwriting Skills Simplified Level A
    • COAH's Letter of the Week resources

Content
    • The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature
    • Tagging along with DD6, 2nd grade
 

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7 hours ago, carriede said:

Content
    • The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature
    • Tagging along with DD6, 2nd grade
 

 

I forgot about The Berenstain Bears' Book!  I've been wondering what to do about a little bit of science for DS.  This would be perfect.  My now 8yo used it for K science and loved it.

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24 minutes ago, Holly said:

 

I forgot about The Berenstain Bears' Book!  I've been wondering what to do about a little bit of science for DS.  This would be perfect.  My now 8yo used it for K science and loved it.

Yeah, I had forgotten about it too. Luckily, I took good notes on what I had used with my older ones - very happy I did!

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4 minutes ago, ghcostafamily said:

Is the berenstain bears science book christian?

Ummm I don't know? We're Christian and use it. It goes over calendar and seasons, animals, phases of matter, and simple machines (like levers and pulleys).

All in rhyme!

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I'll have a preKer again next year! It's been a long time. For her basic stuff I will use Rod and Staff ABC workbooks a few times a week for  workbooky skills  and a bit of content and art. We will read their Bible reader and do the coloring book. 

In the past, I did the Letter of the Week blog with my preKer alongside it. I will probably do that very roughly. Just do a coloring sheet and read a book and poem from the list on the first day of the week, review the letter and sound with flashcards throughout the week, use the Dr. Seuss ABC book and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and other letter books. 

We have the Berenstains Nature book mentioned and a million other books. I pull those  She will attend either a one day a week preschool co-op that we have been doing or a once a week library storytime program for extras, dance class once a week, homeschool support group monthly kid's days and field trips. That should keep us busy. 

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DS just turned 4yo.  Next year he'll be doing:

HWT pre-k/K (is working on pre-k level now)

AAR pre-1

MEP Reception

BYL year 0 (tagging along with his big brothers)

Life Science (or whatever big brothers end up doing, again just tagging along)

La Clase Divertida 1 (tagging along with older siblings, but is already into Spanish and asking us what certain words are in Spanish)

Religion: various resources, including a children's Bible, short saint stories, and Catholic Children's Treasure Box books

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DD will be 4 in November, so this plan is light. Currently she tags along sometimes, but she does like to be included when everyone else is schooling. We've recently moved to a new province and she isn't required to start school until 5 here.

Science, history and BYL are group subjects. I'll have age-appropriate plans for her if she feels inclined to join in.

BYL 0 - I might repeat this for her the following year depending how much she participates. I also bought a few books to look at throughout the year, and since BYL 0 is geography and animal science I might have her map where each animal comes from.

History: SOTW 3 

Science: Mr. Q Earth

Math: some of Saxon K

Morning time: we sing folk songs, memory songs, O Canada...

Language Arts

Wordly Wise K

dry-erase alphabet book

letter/number magnets, and Leapfrog Word Whammer & videos

Kumon books - cutting/pasting/folding, etc.

French: I'm not sure if I'll actively start this with her but she'll probably pick some up from listening in.

I'd like to add in some sort of outdoor safety unit study. I dislike how so many TV shows portray bears as cute and friendly, she hardly believes us that she could be bear food. While she doesn't go outside without me, she panics easily and either freezes or runs in circles, so...

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On 3/18/2018 at 12:41 AM, Holly said:

My DS just turned 4. Here are my plans:

 

OPGTR and ETC primers

Little Books and Animal Friends readers from Abeka.

I also picked up Art Projects K4 from Abeka. My older kids each have an Artpac, and this seemed like a similar book

Preschool Math at Home and various math manipulative I’ve collected over the years

AO Year 0 books—we’ve already started these

Child Sized Masterpieces

The Story Bible

Various audio books and kid’s cds. I’m hoping to wean him off my tablet with these. ☺ï¸

 

I’m assuming we’ll stretch these books over 2 years. I’ll also likely pick up some R&S preschool books. All my kids have done at least one of these!

 

And now we are going to use Timberdoodle Pre-K because shiny new curriculum. 

I'm hoping to still use some of the things on my previous curriculum list or save some of them for K.  We'll be using AAR pre-1 and holding off on OPGTR until K, unless I really like AAR and choose to continue with it.

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DD will be 4 in November, so we'll be doing some preschool-y things if she's interested.

She has table time with her big brother in the afternoon for 30 minutes while little brother settles for a nap (they keep each other up if they start rest at the same time).  Starting in the fall we'll do a letter of the week/AAR-pre mash up and play with c-rods and some Gattegno math thrown in + lots of fine motor work and hand strengthening.

We'll see where she is as the year progresses.  We might start I See Sam and RSA later in the year, but I'm not in any hurry.

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Wyatt turns 4 in July. Mostly?  He is interested in running around crazy, gymnastics, and music. He loves going to the park and library.  We follow whatever his little heart desires. That sounds pretty good for preK to me.  We are pretty laid back.  He is only turning 4.

So far he knows letter sounds and can sound out cvc words.  We'll just keep moving along at his pace.

I do want to get him writing some (he writes maybe 5 letters at this point) as well as doing other fine motor things (cutting, coloring, etc) a bit better.

So that leaves something for math?  I think he knows most of what he needs for Kindy/1st.  So, I might just stick with some kind of calendar/circle time math. 

I might look at FIAR.  I enjoyed it, kids enjoyed it, and its nice and laid back :)

 

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This kid will turn 5 mid-fall, so an older preschooler. We will continue Rightstart Math A, Progressive Phonics, and Suzuki Violin. If he's ready, we will try Handwriting without Tears, but he's a lefty and he doesn't seem ready quite yet... we'll see in a few months.

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My 5th born will be in his last prek year?.  He has Apraxia, but has made great strides this year, and is talking so much better.

For the fall we are going to finish ETC primer C.

DEL books 1 for the fall and 2 for the spring

CLE K1 for the fall/ CLE 2 for spring and summer

Sonlight P3/4 for the fall and P4/5 for spring and summer

If he is reading ready we will begin TYCtRin100EL in the fall.  If not we will just do reading readiness games.

Speech will continue with the most amazing speech pathologist ever!

Brenda

This summer he is doing the following:

Daily speech activity

TGatB prek- this is so simple and sweet

Visual Perceptional Skill Building

ETC primer B- these are a family favorite

Reading aloud tons of picture books

Walmarts Prechool workbook-we have almost finished this and it has been fun.

We also take a daily walk or go to the park.

He has loved Lauri toys the last few years and this year I plan to encourage puzzle play.

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I'm a little late to the party, but I don't read this sub-forum much (I kinda didn't like that they put pre-K and K in its own sub-forum).  

DS3 is finishing My Father's World All Aboard the Animal Train this summer and we're going to start Sonlight Preschool 3/4 in the fall.  This kid *really* likes to be read to.

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Wow, look at all the detailed plans. I'm feeling lazy now. ? I'm going to do A Year of Playing Skillfully. We have AAR and she's lost interest and I'm hoping she gets back into it some time over the next school year. And lots and lots of reading aloud.

Mostly we're nuts about extracurricular stuff. She's in dance and gymnastics and piano. We plan to play indoor soccer this winter and after she turns five in November, I can sign her up for homeschool swim lessons at an indoor pool.

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On 7/6/2018 at 8:16 AM, Mimm said:

Wow, look at all the detailed plans. I'm feeling lazy now. ? I'm going to do A Year of Playing Skillfully. We have AAR and she's lost interest and I'm hoping she gets back into it some time over the next school year. And lots and lots of reading aloud.

Mostly we're nuts about extracurricular stuff. She's in dance and gymnastics and piano. We plan to play indoor soccer this winter and after she turns five in November, I can sign her up for homeschool swim lessons at an indoor pool.

 

I need detailed plans or it doesn't get done.   Your plans look great too!  We just started AAR--I hope he doesn't lose interest!  So far so good, but we are only 3 lessons in. 

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My daughter absolutely loves Ziggy. But since it's not really important to me that she learn to read yet, we only do AAR when she asks, and she simply hasn't asked recently. I'll probably offer more once the school year starts, and take it a tad more seriously after she turns five. She is sounding out CVC words pretty easily and can read a Bob book without too much fuss. My older two go to public school so we will be following that schedule more or less. ?

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On 6/22/2018 at 8:41 AM, Evanthe said:

I'm a little late to the party, but I don't read this sub-forum much (I kinda didn't like that they put pre-K and K in its own sub-forum).  

DS3 is finishing My Father's World All Aboard the Animal Train this summer and we're going to start Sonlight Preschool 3/4 in the fall.  This kid *really* likes to be read to.

I have p3/4 and p4/5 from when my oldest 10 years ago started school and I read them to each child when they age up one on one.  We have such great memories!  

We did MFW K with my oldest as well and it is the best program because of the activities built into it, so I am jealous of you being able to do their prek programs with your littles?.  I am so drawn to their younger programs.

 

Have a fun year!

Brenda

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19 hours ago, homemommy83 said:

I have p3/4 and p4/5 from when my oldest 10 years ago started school and I read them to each child when they age up one on one.  We have such great memories!  

We did MFW K with my oldest as well and it is the best program because of the activities built into it, so I am jealous of you being able to do their prek programs with your littles?.  I am so drawn to their younger programs.

 

I really love all the activities in MFW.  I've used a lot of curricula over the years and if I could choose the most enjoyable I've ever taught, it would be MFW and the Story of the World series.  I have so many memories reading SOTW, too.  (I've read it to 4 kids now, Lol)    

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I changed a couple things in my plan for prek this fall.  

1. I am using Rod and Staff preschool workbooks instead of K1.

2. I am doing Letter of the Week from Brightly Beaming Resources with both my 2 and 4 year olds.

 

Brenda

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I have a younger preK at 3/4 because of his age in CA he would be TK the following year then K year. Anyway this year he's doing Miquon Orange and Red, Singapore 1, learning to write manuscript and match/read cursive, Wee Folk Art, My First Piano Adventures A, and lots of living books across subjects.

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My daughter just turned 4.  We do preschool work a couple times a week.  

We will continue with Saxon K, phonics pathways, Rod & Staff About 3 series, Awana, and various crafty things.

This year we are adding the Berenstain Bears Science book, some Social Studies stuff from when I taught 1st, and some lessons from Kids of Integrity.  I may also start her on the basics of piano if she continues to ask.  

We usually do library story time every week.  I’m also joining BSF in September so she will have a little class through that.  She wants to take dance, but we have to convince Daddy.

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My son will be turning five this winter, so this will be a prekindergarten/ transitional kindergarten year. We will be using Wee Folk Art's Simple Seasons units for themed science, nature studies, crafts, art, and activities. I will be creating our own 'letter of the week' activities based on his interests. I may use MEP Reception for math, otherwise, math will be continuing to follow his interests in our daily activities (addition/ subtraction/ measuring/ counting, etc.). He will also be included as much as he wishes in my third-grade daughter's activities. She will be using Wee Folk Art's Cultural Connections units, Oak Meadow Third Grade, RightStart Math D, Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, and other resources.

Editing to add that he loves science experiments, so we will be doing lots of those as well. ?

 

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I'll have a preKer again next year! It's been a long time. For her basic stuff I will use Rod and Staff ABC workbooks a few times a week for  workbooky skills  and a bit of content and art. We will read their Bible reader and do the coloring book. 

In the past, I did the Letter of the Week blog with my preKer alongside it. I will probably do that very roughly. Just do a coloring sheet and read a book and poem from the list on the first day of the week, review the letter and sound with flashcards throughout the week, use the Dr. Seuss ABC book and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and other letter books. 

We have the Berenstains Nature book mentioned and a million other books. I pull those  She will attend either a one day a week preschool co-op that we have been doing or a once a week library storytime program for extras, dance class once a week, homeschool support group monthly kid's days and field trips. That should keep us busy. 

  • So, our year has started and is going well. I added the Kate Snow book, Preschool Math at Home to my list. I picked it up at the library before I even noticed that WTM was starting to promote her older books. I had picked up a stack of preschool math books, and that was the best one. So for now, I am just constantly rechecking it. As long as nobody else requests a book, I can now check out books for up to 6 months. I have been then turning them in and rerequesting them and have been able to save on some textbooks that my kids are using. I am risking it in that somebody else could come along and request it and then I have to turn it in, but at that point I can obviously buy it if necessary! So  our days have been going like: do a page from the R&S A book *this week learning how to draw circles correctly* then a game from the Snow book once a week or so. A story from the Rod and Staff B book (bible stories and colring pages,) a couple of times a week. Then a story and poem or two from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know along with any games or whatnot that I have to go along. So far so good. For letters I am keeping it so simple. I pull out a new magnet from her leapfrog letter magnets each week in order. We reveiw the older letters, practice the new one, and look at flaschcards. So far this is working fine. She is starting to notice the letters we have covered while out and about and I point them out in stories we are reading to reinforce. I have an Elsa dollar store workbook of the alphabet to trace her letters in  a little too. Her once a week playschool will be reinforcing the letters once it starts up. She has dance classes once a week for music and movement, and Sunday School and Children's Church. Crafts are done at all of these places as well as at home occasionally. So we are up for a fun year, but with out a lot of time commitment from me thankfully! 
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My daughter turned 4 in November and is when we began homeschooling her. We started our first year homeschooling in July with her big sister. For my Pre-K kiddo I've been doing the basics of colors, shapes, numbers, letters and letter sounds etc.

Letters - I went through Pintrest and free online sources to put together my own letter of the week binder for her. Monday she has two coloring introduction pages, one with the capital letter and one with the lowercase. Tuesday is a fun look and find for just the lowercase and capital letters inside a shape starting with the letter and tracing of the capital and lowercase at the bottom. Wednesday she has a fun Q-tip paint of a picture of something starting with the letter and the letters at the bottom along with a short paragraph page focused on the letter that I read to her then she finds all the capital and lowercase of the letter in the paragraph. Thursday she has another look and find page but now with mixed letters so it's a little more challenging. Friday she has a sort of review page with tracing and pictures for the letter sound.

Numbers - I did the same as the letters and have done a sort of number of the week binder as well. She had different types of pages for numbers 1-10 but in the pictures are the types we're using now for 11-20. She also traces the number of the day on a calendar sheet I printed out for her and I talk to her about the days of the week, what was yesterday, today and tomorrow etc. 

I don't have her write much other than her name without tracing it. But she's also working on tracing lines to help with writing skills. 

Other than that -  We play a lot of neat games I found at The Measured Mom and other sites and she loves Khan Academy Kids so much and Teach Your Monster to Read. I bought her a VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe, pink for Christmas and hope to get the pre-k and kindergarten expansion packs for it soon. She likes playing on it for her letters and numbers for calling a friend lol. She plays a few games on her LeapPad 3 for various skills and she listens in on the audiobook and read aloud we do with her sister. 

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