Preschool at Home

Amber’s birthday is in February-right in the middle of the school year. Last year since she was 2 then 3 we did preschool at home but I kept it simple and fun and we didn’t have much of a schedule. Now that she’s 4 and will be turning 5 we will still be doing preschool–but this year I’m going to get more serious about it and am dabbling with thoughts of beginning some kindergarten books in the second semester.

We’re planning on homeschooling Amber (probably a post on that to come later) and I love that it’s already giving me the flexibility to consider doing this and move at her speed-along with helping me not to stress that we’ll be moving thousands of miles at the end of September!

Here are a few of my favorite items for Preschool at Home–some that we used last year and other’s that we’ve just started using this year!

We are still super impressed with our Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Game Card set. Such a great and fun introduction to Math skills!
For music time both kids absolutely love the Five Little Bunnies cd. They both request it often-and it’s one of the *only* kids music CDs that I actually like!
My very favorite workbooks so far have been the ones like the Colors & Shapes Write-On Wipe-Off Workbook. We’ve discovered that Amber loves using dry erase markers and I love that these kinds of workbooks she can do over and over again-which is key when you’re learning to draw shapes, numbers, and letters! Other workbooks I love and recommend along these lines are the I Can Print-Modern Wipe-Off® Book and Pre-Printing With Mazes.

Our latest favorite discovery has been Kleen Slate. These super cool and innovative dry erase paddles are absolutely perfect for practicing fine motor skills like drawing and letters! The dry erase markers that came along with them are super high quality and I adore the microfiber cloths that make wiping off a cinch (even for Amber!)

The paddles surfaces are even replaceable-so if you want to move on to a new skill or just need to refresh it you have many options! I have a feeling that we will be using these all through Amber’s entire homeschool experience!

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Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Game Card set *Review & Giveaway*

It is so hard for me to believe that Amber is actually a preschooler now. Although her age group has been referred to as that since she turned 3, its still hard for me to believe she’s not still just my rolly polly little baby! As a family we have decided that we are going to home school our children, and because of that I’ve been looking around and gathering ciriculum so we can start doing preschool 2 days a week once we return to Boston (modeling it off of many of the 3 year old classes schedules in the area)

I’m the kind of person who wants a good combination of Montessori sensory learning activities along with good, old fashioned, sit down and do it out of a book lessons. The Carlito C. Caterpillar Math House Games is a perfect thing for me and my teaching style! Each card contains the “game” and instructions on how to do it, and also clearly spells out for you as the teacher what this is teaching and why it is important. I absolutely love it and will be using it as Amber math curriculum this semester. I love that it starts out with the simplest of ideas–sorting objects, etc. and builds all the way up to grasping division and multiplication principles in a way a preschooler/prek student could understand.

The most important thing of all is that Amber loves it! Above we’re playing the very first game “Which object doesn’t belong” She had a blast and kept wanting to do it over and over and over. She asks every day if we can play the caterpillar game again 🙂 So this product is most certainly “kid tested and parent approved!”

You can find out more about this game set and the other books on the Website Here and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook as well!

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I can’t believe that it’s “back to school” time already! I also really can’t believe that this will be the first year that the beginning of the school year really means something to me since I graduated college 6 years ago! Amber is 31/2 now and ready to start preschool! We have decided to homeschool for preschool at least. Because of this I’ll be using a *ton* of online teacher resources very soon! I’m so thankful that there are a ton of great sites, KBTeachers is one I just recently found out about! I love that in addition to paying for a membership they have great free resources like their themed math worksheets. Things like this are exactly what I’ll be using with Amber, to get her ready for school!