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3 Tips for a Smooth Preschool Year

3 tips for a smooth homepreschool year

 


So many moms email asking how they can possibly teach their kids and keep it all together, but I promise – you are the PERFECT person for this job and you will do great! The second biggest question – how long should teaching preschool take? To answer those questions I have 3 Tips for a Smooth Preschool Year along with a few resources that will be helpful to you as you plan your preschool or kindergarten time.

1. Read. A lot!

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Now is the time to instill that love for the written word in your children’s hearts and nothing will do that more quickly than snuggling up together to read (and re-read) those amazing books. Trips to the library or your home book basket will provide hours of education alone!

Within the pages of those books you will find ways to talk about science facts, letters, count animals together, look at repeating patterns, and so much more. We loved the format of Before Five in a Row and worked on so many literature units with our children – all based on what they wanted to read and learn about.

Your child will learn so much too just by the inflections in your voice as you read, watching you trail your finger across the page of a book, seeing how the pages of a book go in a certain direction – the list goes on and on. Books can be full of fun and learning, so take a field trip to the library often!

2. Play and make memories.

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Shimmering Water and Bead Blocks shown above (love them!!)

You know how goofy your kids can be? Get silly with them. Get messy. Let them get messy and try not to stress about what the clean up will look like. Don’t be afraid to be a part of what they are doing and fully embrace the moment along with them. Build that castle or fort. Pile the blocks as high as you possibly can.

Be an active part of what is happening in front of you and love every wonderful moment of it. These moments are going to pass by all too quickly. Sometimes it takes just an extra ten minutes to make a special memory with our kids and our other tasks can wait.

3. Don’t overplan.

This can be SO hard not to do, especially when you have 500 great ideas that you’ve seen on Pinterest! But really, this age is so much more about actively doing while learning. That doesn’t mean that sitting down to work on a tracing activity or other worksheet is wrong at all. Just remember that attention spans are short at this age (and that’s normal).

Keep it simple as much for your sake so that you don’t burn out only a few months into the school year. (p.s. taking breaks is ok too!) Ideas are great, but not if they push you over the proverbial edge.

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That’s not to say that you can’t have a plan in place. Over the years I used some basic preschool planning forms that helped me remember to add in different learning ideas like music, movement, and so much more when we were learning. Overall our days were fairly short with our younger children (think an hour to an hour and a half), but we always were able to squeeze lots of learning in together in that time frame.

One of my biggest fears when we first started homeschooling was messing up my children’s early childhood years – and I was a preschool teacher before becoming a mom!

Take a deep breath. Relax – I promise you’ve got this! The preschool and kindergarten years are amazing and wonderful – and you can really do it!

Pound the Sound and Balancing Emotions – Preschool and Kindergarten Community 10-7-16

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from a recent week’s linkup.

Fresco Art Project

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This fresco art project (painting on plaster) would go along with any unit you may be working on with your children. Teacher Mom Plus 3 has a tutorial to walk you through the process. 

Elephant Quiet Book

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If you need a quiet time activity or something fun to make texture changes too, check out this elephant quiet book from Freshly Messy. This is perfect for toddler-sized hands and can be easily adapted for any age. 

ABC Bracelets

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Your preschooler will LOVE these alphabet bracelets. Learn and talk about the “letter of the day” and wear it all day.  

Learning About Emotions

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Learning about emotions with your kids? This activity from Every Star is different has a unique post on learning how to teach children about balancing emotions

Pound the Sound

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Learning letter sounds (or even numbers) with your preschoolers? The Pound the Sound sensory game from Happy Brown House has multiple ways you can play and learn with your kiddos.   

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

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Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.



Pumpkin Crayons and Fall Nature Study Ideas – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Fall Nature Study Ideas

 

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Looking for some fun ideas to take advantage of the cooler weather? Visit Spell Outloud for some fabulous fall nature study ideas

Homemade Pumpkin Crayons

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Homemade crayons are a super quick and easy craft that take just a few minutes to make. Pumpkin crayons are perfect for a non-candy trick or treat idea or use them at the kids table at Thanksgiving!

ABC Bracelets

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Your preschooler will LOVE these alphabet bracelets. Learn and talk about the “letter of the day” and wear it all day.  

 

Forest Animals Printable Pack

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Carisa from 1+1+1=1 has a new Forest Animals Printable Pack. I love all of her printables – and you will too! 

 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!
Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.



Clay Art and Leaf Families – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergartrten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Clay Kid’s Art

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This clay art project is so texture-rich and kids will have much fun smearing it all around. Adding googley eyes is just an added bonus. Visit Mini Monets and Mommies for the full scoop on this activity.

Leaf Family Activity

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Head out on a nature walk to gather leaves, or if your area doesn’t have any colorful ones, grab some from the Dollar Tree and start creating leaf families

Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game

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These tactile letter cards are a great way to learn letters with a multisensory approach. Children learn so much through touch, and there are so many different mediums you can use with these cards – it’s a free printable!!

 35 Apple Crafts & Activities

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Need some apple-themed ideas? Here are 35 Apple Crafts and Activities to keep you busy for some time! 

 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!
Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.



Mystery Bags and Counting Mats – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Quick and Easy Activity Bags

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Our family has loved Spielgaben, and these activity bags from Living Montessori Now are a fun way to bring along simple activities that will keep little hands occupied. Love this simple and quick idea!

Apple Themed Counting Mats

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3 Dinosaurs has some fun apple themed counting mats to download. Use them along with playdough for some great fine motor work.  

Mystery Bag Beginning Sounds

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This mystery bag activity from Teacher Mom Plus 3 is a great way to work on beginning sounds with your kids – and put those magnetic letters to another use! 

ABC Bracelets

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Your preschooler will LOVE these alphabet bracelets. Learn and talk about the “letter of the day” and wear it all day.  

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities

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Reading the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. anytime soon? Check out this post for many fun go-along crafts, activities, and printables to work on as you read and learn together. 

Editable Preschool Planning Forms  free editable preschool planning pages from Homeschool Creations

Ready to get started on your preschool planning? Check out these editable preschool planning forms (they’re free!!). Simply type in the blue squares and print off your plans. 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!
Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.



Fall Preschool Trays & Sticky Note Maps – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergartrten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Sticky Note Map Game

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Check out this fun sticky note map game from Practical Mom – a cute twist on a geography learning time. 

Beaver Lodge Craft

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We passed a huge beaver lodge recently – they can be amazing to look at! Teacher Mom Plus 3 shares a beaver lodge craft that teaches how they are constructed. 

Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game

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These tactile letter cards are a great way to learn letters with a multisensory approach. Children learn so much through touch, and there are so many different mediums you can use with these cards – it’s a free printable!!

 

Fall Preschool Trays

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With fall right around the corner, get a jump on your fall planning with these 11 fall preschool trays from SmartE PartE. 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities

Brown Bear, Brown Bear crafts, activities, and printables

Planning to read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear soon? Here is a collection of Brown Bear, Brown Bear crafts, activities, and printables to help you enjoy the book even more. 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!
Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.