I've also changed up our routine a bit so now we have an actual circle time (for lack of a better word, but if I call it this, you know what I'm referring to). :) During this time we sing the hymn we are currently working on, pray for our sponsor child in Tanzania, review our Sunday School papers from the past week and work on our AWANA verses. We then say the pledge to the flag (we just started this, but I figured if I didn't teach them, who would?) :) and after the pledge we sing "You're a Grand Ol' Flag". (I really should video tape Carlee doing this. It's hilarious! She loves this song so much that she canNOT sit or stand still while we're singing it and is smiling the entire time!)
We also sing our months of the year song and our days of the week song (as I point them out on our calendar--I don't have anything fancy--just a cute calendar from last year). Sometimes I throw in an excercise for us to do (jumping jacks, marching around the house, etc.)
Then we start on our math. I recently switched to Rightstart Math and am very happy with it. It is much more of a hands-on approach with less worksheets than the other program I was using. Since it's hands-on and geared towards 4-5 year olds I'm able to include Carlee in this as well (she'll be 4 in August).
After this, I usually include anything from our current unit study. Then Carter will finish up any worksheets he wasn't done with. (I'll try to share more later the system that we're using. We're doing somewhat of the Workbox style and then ideas from another method.)
Anyways, ALL that to say, when I have to have one-on-one time with Carter, Carlee's right next to me using her basket of preschool things. Here's a peak at what's in her basket:
(Our basket of goodies!)
(puzzles I made from calendars or magazines. Mount on tagboard, laminate and cut into puzzle size pieces.)
(putting some homemade puzzles together)
(alphabet cards printed from janbrett.com, some animal fact cards and 3x5 cards with a # on the front--the child then puts the appropriate amount of paper clips on that card)
(preschool wouldn't be preschool without paint and play-dough would it? Also, some upper case/lower case matching cards I made)
(Usborne's Telling the Time flashcards and fish cutouts I made at the library. Each fish has an action to do.)
(Leap frog fridge phonics game and homemade lacing card)
(Usborne's Book on CD (I would LOVE more of these!) and a Creative Memories punch)
(I also include whatever materials she brought home from Sunday School and we use them that week)
Well, I hope this gives you some ideas of what you can do with your preschooler! Have fun! If you're looking for an actual preschool curriclum, Sonlight has one. We are using Sonlight this fall. If you go with Sonlight I would really appreciate it if you used my referral code BZ20321238. Thank you if you do!! Be sure to check out my other homeschooling ideas.