While homeschool planning with Tapestry of Grace haze our normally free-of-clutter dining table, four-year-old Zurielle takes over the kitchen table. From coloring “Letter of the Day” sheets, she has now graduated into her “homeschool book,” some puzzles, and a wipe-off mat to practice her alphabet.
What she calls her “homeschool book” is really just whatever preschool workbook she is currently working on. The first one, which I thought was nice because it lays flat, went really fast, and for a couple of days she was begging for another. With the new one I tear the perforated sheets, hole-punched and put them in a three-ring binder, and slipped the book cover in the clear plastic binder cover.
Obviously, I would need a lot more help than that to keep this four-year-old and her little sibling busy while I help big sister with her work. I think I got that covered with:
- Butterfly count and sort set
- Counting bears and sorting cups
- Pipe builders
- Magnetic wooden doll sets
- Miscellaneous Toob sets
- Wooden building blocks/sets
- Alphabet and other lacing sets
- Miscellaneous manipulatives
- Puzzles and puzzle books
- kitchen toys
- Cuddlies (we don’t want to call them stuffed animals) for playing animal rescue center
- Dried beans (or rice) and all sorts of containers
- Movies on Movie Day, etc
I’d like to hear more practical and clever ideas as I am pretty sure we would be using more than one or two sets a day. I am not assigning what days we’re playing with what, but for sure they will ONLY see these things ONCE a week. Most of them find home in the playroom closet. It is a small walk-in closet, but it doubles as a “clubhouse” so I have to store the containers in the deep built-in chest inside and the shelvings up high.
Zurielle has just started showing interest in “school” and I am in no way rushing her. I got her an Ancient Egypt coloring book so that she could get involved as we study the ancient times. We are starting with just this one because I want to encourage free drawings more than coloring sheets, but I also believe there is room and benefit for both… we’ll see how it goes. We would be reading the Old Testament part of her Bible storybook, and other related books with her. We did Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier not too long ago, but I’m sure the illustrations would again speak a thousand words the next time around. I am looking forward to once more enjoying Brian Wildsmith’s Joseph, and The Exodus. Wow, it seems just like yesterday when I was reading these books to big sister Aliyah!
If you have little ones at home, what are your plans to keep them occupied and happy while you homeschool this year? What has worked for you, or challenged you in the past? I’d love to know!