Before we get to the questions and answers I promised, we're going to spend this week looking at a few resources for preschoolers. These are a few of my favorite things, items that work well in our home.
Sitting here on my "to do" pile is a nice stack of Kumon workbooks designed for preschoolers. Now, I love the whole Charlotte Mason/Living Books/WholeHearted Child/Real Learning/Montessori approach to the early years, and you all know how in tune I am with the Bluedorn's Ten Things to Do With Your Child Before Age Ten.
However, when you have more than one home educated child, you soon begin to see a phenomenon unique to homeschooling households. The younger ones want to "do school", too. I've seen this in my own household year after year, and I read about it on all of your blogs, too.
What does a three-year-old mean when they say they want to do school? Workbooks. Pencils. Something worth erasing. And one can only color Strawberry Shortcake so many times, no?
If I am going to sit with my little ones and crack open a workbook, I want it to be something that has some benefit, something that redeems their time and mine. Finding such a book for the really young ones (two to three-year-olds) can be really tough.
Kumon to the rescue! Wow, I love these little books. Just right for the littlest set, and doing two to three pages per day seems to be the right amount of time before the attention is elsewhere. Here is our four-year-old's favorite:
Now, I have to say that I haven't ever actually taken the time to teach a little one to fold paper, and it really isn't a skill they just naturally possess. She had to ask me every time for help using her fingernail to crease the page. And when her little page was done, she had something fun to show for it- a crying child who becomes happy with a simple fold revealing a smile, a little boy whose clothes are changed as the result of a fold. Right up a preschooler's alley.
Kumon's First Step series is designed for ages two and up, so if you have a little, little one begging to "do school", you might find these books worth your investment. They'll feel like they're an official student and you'll be teaching them something useful in the process.