So we officially started mommy’s pre-k and tot school today! I’m still trying to decide who is more excited, me or Paislee! I will be smmarizing each day’s activities, which I’ll include in one post at the end of each week. This week is bug week! Everything we do will be geared around this theme. Here is a quick rundown on the worksheets and...
other materials that I’m using. As I talked about in a previous post, I purchased several pre-k workbooks filled with a variety of activities. We also had to get in on the fun of a little "back to school" shopping! I picked up cute little Pip Squeak markers, kids paint, construction paper, a kid journal, pom poms, pipe cleaners, glue, scissors and a few other odd and end things. I also bought the complete series of The Magic School Bus. I remember watching these as a kid, and I wanted my girls to experience that as well. Plus they are super educational!
I also took to Pinterest and found many free downloadable worksheets that fit in with our theme. Be sure to check out my preschool board and tot school board for lots of cute ideas and freebies! Another wonderful resource is www.teacherspayteachers.com. Although this site offers many files to purchase, it also has a ton of free downloads, which I took advantage of.
The way I plan to start each day is by using my Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar (similar to this one) to go over the day, month, year, weather, activities and etc.
This is followed by none other than the Pledge of Allegiance. After that I will go over a sight word that we’ll focus on for the day. I was able to find free sight word worksheets on here and here. Because this is the first week, we are doing a special little“about me” book that we will put together at the end of the week. You can get your copy here. We’ll also be using a kid’s easel with double sided chalk and whiteboard (thank you Granny & Paw Paw) for a fun hands on experience. Most importantly, we will have at least one book, if not more, that we will be reading each day. These books will come from our own collection, or from our local library.
As far as the supplies, there is no need to invest a lot of money in something fancy, because the cheaper and DIY stuff works just great! I’m frugal and only pick up stuff if it is a great deal! Majority of the stuff we will be using is very inexpensive and most of the time reusable. I did pick up a serving tray for both girls and turned them in to a “tot tray” for those extra messy activities like playdoh. I figured this little $6 investment could more than pay for itself!
Planning everything out and being prepared both help things to run smoothly. Small children are not very patient! I’ve tried to already plan out the next few weeks so that I can keep an eye out for activities and worksheets that can go along with our lessons.Most importantly, have fun! Be sure to keep an eye out for our bug week post!