Here it is… my homeschool must haves post. Well, kinda
- getting outside and getting into nature (Dinosaur Train anyone?)
- reading books from the library!!!
- playing with playdough
- utilizing activity bins (those are explained below)
- watching educational videos (list coming soon)
- play lots and lots of games!! (on and off the iPad)
- not stressing out about it
One thing that I do know though is that if she is not busy, she is up in my business. So I created for her some school activity bins. They also could be called busy boxes, but mine usually have some educational purpose. Pinterest is a wonderful resource of ideas. My Pre-k board is here if you are interested in some of my finds!
My requirements for the boxes were: stack flat, fit paper flat, and be big enough to put actual activities in if I wanted. I have four, because we only school four days a week, Friday’s are for cleaning, fun and friends. I put them under our school central desk and she can grab the one she wants and go find a spot to play!
I have a variety of items I like to put in her boxes, but every box has the following:
Flash cards are great, simple and easy to put into her boxes. I like to have a variety of them so that there is one in every box.
Everything in the box needs to be something she can do on her own, which may make you pause and say, why did you put Go Fish in her box? Matching uppers and lowers my friend. Great for letter recognition and letter/sound association.
WORD OF CATUION:: When picking flash cards that teach letter and sound association, it’s imperative that they teach the correct letter sounds first! Most flash card companies don’t pay that close attention to it and put any cute picture with the letter, for example Ii-Ice cream. WRONG!! Ii-Iguana, Igloo, Insurance, etc… So, pay attention to the vowels and make sure that they are all the short, first vowel sounds. (Aa-apple, Ee-Elephant, Ii-Iguana, Oo-Octopus, Uu-Umbrella) IF you are just doing matching then it doesn’t matter, like the animal go fish, that wouldn’t be a big deal to me. However, if I am sitting and working with the flash cards with her, then I want to make sure what I use is going to teach her correctly first
Because the box is big enough I do have a few games or activities to throw in there. I don’t work for Learning Journey or Learning Resources, but wish I did. I love their products!!! You’ll find a lot of them on my list on Amazon, which you can find here.
Their rainbow letter popsicles have lasted soooooooo long in this family. Which is saying something about their product because my kids are not easy on toys.
As I said before there are a lot of resources on Pinterest and whenever I’ve found some consumables, or printable’s I like for her I usually laminate them. That way I’m saving paper (and trees if you are into that) and they can be used over and over. This is the one that I have and I’ve used for years.