I’m having a hard time believing that we are about to jump into our second year of homeschool but I have a lot of fun activities planned and I’m really excited to get started! I’m all ready to begin next week and I’m looking forward to the routine it will help us build at our new home. Apparently pre-k can mean different things in different places but I’m just using it here to differentiate between age 3 and age 4. When we started our homeschool preschool last year I came up with a list of skills that I wanted to work on and I found it really helpful to post that list near my desk and have it to build our weekly lessons around.
There is a lot of overlap with preschool and pre-k so instead of rewriting everything on our preschool curriculum guidelines list, I’ve made this list of additional skills for our pre-k curriculum that I want to work on with Boo. We will still be doing a lot of activities to reinforce the skills we learned last year so this new list is meant to be used in conjunction with last year’s list. The vast majority of the skills and activities here are pretty standard pre-k fare but I did add the geography and world culture section simply because those are skills that I want my girls to be working on from a young age.
Literacy and Language Arts:
- Read a lot: point out author & illustrator, ask for predictions of what will happen next
- Retell story through acting, puppets, sequencing activities or small world play
- Clap syllables in words and combine syllables into words
- Point out rhymes, make up own rhymes, match rhyming words
- Begin a reading program
- Work on drawing shapes and printing letters and numbers – write first name.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
- Recognize number of objects up to five without counting
- Work on number recognition and creating collections (goal to 20) and counting (goal to 100)
- Learn about time through calendars and clocks
- Recall items that have been removed from a group
- Compare numbers – equal, more or less
- Practice grouping, sequencing, completing patterns, and graphing
- Identify coins
Science and Nature Studies:
- Understand that science is a way of learning about the world by watching, wondering, forming ideas and testing those ideas.
Art & Music:
- Use art and music as a form of self expression
- Experiment with a variety of art supplies and techniques
- Draw people with body parts (head, body, arms, legs, eyes, nose & mouth)
- Listen, move to and learn about a variety of music types and instruments
- Make our own music
- Play a lot: unstructured play to develop imagination and problem solving skills as well as activities to improve fine and gross motor skills
- Recite full name, age, address and phone number
- Develop personal hygiene practices
- Complete chores to contribute to family
- Take care of own and other people’s property
- Learn about different jobs people have and how they contribute to their community
- Make and follow simple maps
- Develop computer skills through educational games and programs
Geography and World Culture:
- Identify all continents on a map and learn some facts about each
- Learn about other cultures through books and friendships
- Learn Chinyanja – the local language
I’m also planning to make our weekly lessons based around a children’s book and a theme related to the book. My girls are really into reading the same story over and over and over again at the moment so I’m hoping that will work in my favor and they will love doing a variety of activities centered around a book each week.
Is there anything else you would add for age four that you don’t see here or on our preschool curriculum guidelines list?