Home Preschool Year in Review

Home Preschool Ideas



We had an awesome home preschool year and I am a bit sad to know it is over.  My days of homeschool preschool are completely done {sniff, sniff}.  It is such a special and fun time for me, even with all of the trials that preschoolers can bring {especially my little drama mama}.

Here’s a look back at all of our posts in order from start to finish, with my daughter.  I hope this helps you jump around when looking for ideas for home preschool! If you are just looking for preschool letter based ideas, here’s my A-Z home preschool round up.  Those posts are included in the list below also, so you can see how it all fit together.

We began home preschool with my Raising Rock Stars Preschool {RRSP}, and then switched gears. I will link the posts in order so you can see how it all happened. She began preschool in January of 2013, when she was 3.5 years old. We schooled through the summer and then I revaluated near the end and we began a new plan for the fall of 2013.

You can see it all linked in order below…

Here’s a few more of our preschool posts…

All By Myself Preschool Boxes  Hands on the Alphabet  Homeschooling Preschool

Homeschooling Preschoolers and Tots  Home Preschool A to Z from www.1plus1plus1equals1.net  Simple Sensory Bin Collection


We are now enjoying homeschool Kindergarten, if you missed our Kindergarten math and literacy goals they are linked below…

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals    Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 11.5m

  Home Preschool April 2014

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs. This will be our FINAL Preschool post, however not our final Learning with Ladybug post as I plan to blog through Kindergarten too!

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We introduced box 6 in Spielgaben. She enjoyed her free play with the new set and immediately built a cat.

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We then made crocodiles with lesson 6-1 and she LOVED every moment!

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She loves tape too, so googly eyes got taped on too!

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She loved making the zebra from the Nature Guide…

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This is our free play area. I just stack the boxes up and put the top on when it is ‘closed” and lay the trays open when they are allowed to play freely.

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See our Playful Learning with Spielgaben posts here, as well as a discount for my readers!


Messy Fun

We carried on with Moon Sand but brought it outside and made a new batch in our water table!  Ladybug had her 5th birthday party recently and we called it “kitty litter” for the kids to play in since her theme was Cats and Dogs! My husband suggested putting tootsie rolls in it {hee hee}, we did not want to totally freak the kids {and parents} out.  It was a good enough laugh telling the kids they were supposed to play in kitty litter!.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her. 

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ unifix cubes, small foam flowers, mini frog/pond collection, and colored macaroni.

I got very few photos, mostly because I was working with the boys a lot.  When I get going with them and she plays quietly, I often forget to take photos!

Monday’s box ~ books, wooden animal puzzles, shape creator set, color matching cards, mini pond collection

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Tuesday’s box ~ macaroni, books, Animal Train, Shape Puzzles, wooden balance game

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Wednesday ~ Mr. Potato head, books, pattern toy

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Thursday ~ books, magnetic letter construction, unifix cubes, measurement cars, Octonauts heads/tails

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter D is for Determination!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review here}!  The character and Bible story was Joshua and the wall of Jericho. We built the wall together to prepare.

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The story was acted out {and enjoyed immensely by my two younger kids}.

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We learned the movements for the verse, talked about the meaning and the meaning of the word determination.  After our lesson she wanted to decorate her “horn” with stickers!

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We had fun outside {finally} digging for treasure, and playing hopscotch!

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Her 5th birthday party was this month, she chose a puppy and kitty theme.  It was her very first birthday party and she loved every moment!

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See our LETTER Y work here, and Letter Z Work here, both done around the same time as what you see above!

Home Preschool Letter Y Home Preschool Letter Z

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!


This is our last Preschool post but NOT our last Learning with Ladybug post!  I do plan to blog throughout her Kindergarten year, we are just taking a bit of a break from structured learning right now. our

See our Transition to Kindergarten plan here!

The Transition to Home Kindergarten

Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 11m

Home Preschool April 2014 

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We worked with box 5b in Spielgaben. We made a girl which she was unimpressed with.  She asked to sit up on my table and work on it using the iPad {where the manual is}.  

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I thought the girl was pretty cute, but my real life girl disagreed.

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The “make a pie” lesson was a BIG hit and an awesome learning experience. We worked on patterns and symmetry while creating the pie itself…

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Soring and fractions were also a part of our play time as we created different “kinds”of pie within the pieces.

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Of course she wanted to eat the pie.

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We did a few worksheets from this set, here she was finding the missing piece.

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We have had LOTS of fun with our free play area I have set up now.  The Nature Guide is out a lot, as is the Inspiration Guide.

She loves making crocodiles now…

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She also made the seagull…

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This is her and her house.

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See our Playful Learning with Spielgaben posts here, as well as a discount for my readers!


Messy Fun

This week we made Moon Sand again!  See our original moon sand post here!

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We use our MessMatz for this, and an assortment of goodies always come along to play.

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I dislike homemade moon sand for one reason, it gets moldy when closed after about a week.  Thankfully the huge bag of play sand we bought was cheap so it’s not a big deal.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ rocks, lentils, beads, and colored wheat berries.

 

I actually remembered to take photos of her boxes this week!  Here she is posing with Monday {books, garden critters, geo boards, rocks}

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She is always sorting by color, it’s a favorite of hers.

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She loves the mini geo boards.

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On Tuesday ~ {books, colored wheat berries, Large Tinkerbell puzzle, fishing ABCs, frogs on a log}. And a dog.

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With each new day she is also allowed to go back to any of the previous day’s toys.  This week she played with the bugs every day.  They joined her in the wheat berries.

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On Wednesday ~ books, lentils, beads and a string, pet puzzles, interlox

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She made a house out of Interlox, for the critters of course.

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She loves these puzzles.

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Thursday ~ books, beads, stacking cups, old wooden sorting toy from my teaching days, number clip cards and a goofy girl sneaking in the picture!

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Sorting, again!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter C is for Cooperation!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review coming soon}!  The lesson was about the Tower of Babel, the kids loved the blocks we used as the object lesson.

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We talked about cooperation and how when used for the right thing, great things can be achieved. 

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My girl builds animals and people out of everything now.  I am pretty sure this is thanks to Spielgaben. It has been so inspirational for her, sparking her creativity like this. These are magnetic pattern blocks.

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This is a dinosaur {made from our foam blocks}…

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A bird she made out of the cubes Krash had been using to learn area.

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See our LETTER X work here, which was done during the same time as what you see above! Home Preschool Letter X

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 10.5m

Home Preschool March 2014

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We continued our work with box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  We only did one official lesson again this week, creating a birthday cake while learning about octagons.

Learning the shapes that work together to create a small octagon…

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Then a bigger octagon…

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Then for a birthday cake!  We used pieces from other Spielgaben sets for the decorations.

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Blowing out the “candle” on her cake!

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Then silly girl wanted to “eat” the cake…

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We have had LOTS of fun with our free play area I have set up now.  One day she asked to put together the spinning shapes again {she first did it here}.  She had the best time making her own papers for the shapes and spinning them.

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More cats.  She always makes cats.

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I set up the Nature Guide on my iPad for her and she was THRILLED! 

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After she completed the ladybugs, she chose a crocodile!

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Messy Fun

I don’t always follow my plan.  It is my goal to make something new each week, but I did not.  She played with Play Dough again.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ buttons, pom poms, shells and bird seed.

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There’s always a few books in each box, and many days that’s the first thing she goes for.  She is definitely a book lover!Home Preschool -5333

I wanted to get a shot of her naturally playing, and she jumps in her bin and cheeses for me!

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The pom  poms and the grabbers were a big hit.  She has loved these grabbers for a long time!

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She has a cute little pony set from Playmobil and I keep it bagged up and surprise her in her boxes every so often.  It keeps it fresh and exciting when she gets it!

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She always plays her own special way, often combining toys together.  Below she had little foam shapes {from Target awhile back}, Froggy Feeding Fun, Fraction Puzzles {she was using them as feeding troughs for the horses}, and the Playmobil set!

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Sorting buttons was a big hit, all her idea!

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Enjoying her books, again.

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Her Automoblox “limousine.”

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Those are the muffins from the mini muffin match up set.  She had them in all sorts of our containers!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter B is for Behavior!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review coming soon}! 

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The characters are a big favorite.

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For the object lesson, we took pom poms and the printable target provided and used this as a way to talk about how even when we love God, we often miss the mark.

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Needless to say, they loved this lesson and we had some great discussion throughout. 

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See our LETTER W work here, and Wall-E here, which was done during the same time as what you see above!

Home Preschool Letter W  Wall-E Preschool Fun

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 10m

Preschool at Home Feb 2014


Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We continued our work with box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  We only did one official lesson, creating and copying trees.

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Once the trees were done, she created a house between them!

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She played almost every day freely, creating mostly cats!

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Here she was making Lilo and Stitch {see it on Instagram here}

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Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it’s just making a new batch of something we’ve already done.

We made a new batch of homemade play dough! She helped me make it from start to finish, and loved every moment!

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I let her choose 4 colors {she chose white, pink, teal, purple} and she picked the scent for each one {Christmas Spirit Essential Oil, Vanilla, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Stress Away Essential Oil}.

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She played with the play dough alongside of the Love Sensory Bin almost every day!

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

 

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In her mini sensory bins ~ gems, popcorn, cotton balls, and abc pasta.

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She played a LOT this week, and was very engaged during her “box time.”  This is probably because I got slack with changing her boxes and she was thrilled to have a new set!

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She LOVES these mini ABC puzzles, we got them years ago at Walmart for a couple of bucks!

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Making a necklace…

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Turtles {an old school toy} and popcorn fun…

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Family Counters {a favorite} and ABC pasta…

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Dollar Store pony puzzle…

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Another Dollar Tree puzzle, this was the first time she completed a 48 piece on her own entirely!

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Lots of Wedgit play all week!

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Matching shapes

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Yup, it normally looks like this {or worse} before we clean up.  She still struggles with clean up sometimes, but she does it.

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Happy shape face!

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I tried to remember to snap a few photos of boxes before I gave them to her {I always forget} Here’s the only one I remembered, this was Tuesday’s box! Let me know if these photos are helpful to you and I can try to be more intentional about taking them and including them in my post!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and started back at Letter A is for Attitude!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review coming in April}! 

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She colored our verse and really enjoyed the Jesus puppet.  After she colored her verse, she told me, she drew herself "calling to God." Then she told me she drew herself again next to God because "He told me to come to Him, so I went." The entire lesson was wonderful and both Krash and Lbug were engaged. I shared this on my Facebook page recently here!

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She got two sets of Duplo blocks for Christmas and loves them!  She asks for her new bin a lot.  This day she was putting the ABC set in alphabetical order!

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A massive dot painting session was enjoyed one morning!

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See our LETTER V work here, and Despicable Me here, which was done during the same time as what you see above!

Home Preschool Letter V  Despicable Me Preschool Fun

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