Preschool Homeschool Lesson Plans: Week 10, Age 3

This week the littles ran hot and cold, one day asking for school and the next showing no interest whatsoever. I’m trying to follow their lead with that. I keep reminding myself that they are young and that the most important goal of homeschooling this year is to keep it fun and never force.

Literacy and Language Arts:

We returned to our lowercase letter crafts this week with c for caterpillar from No Time For Flashcards. I think the girls missed doing them because they were so excited when I pulled out the supplies.

Literacy, Age 3, Week 10

We also continued with our nursery rhymes from Webbing Into Literacy. I’m finding out that teaching rhyming is quite a thing. I thought that since my girls are naturally drawn towards books and poems that rhyme they would pick it up easily. I never really thought of it as a learned skill, but it is, and I’m finding that it is a tricky one to teach. I like the activities Webbing into Literacy suggests. They are fun and gentle but I think they will get the idea across eventually. There are thirty nursery rhymes on their website so there is plenty of opportunity to practice. Each nursery rhyme has a set of downloadable rhyming cards and riddle cards. We printed ours in black and white but they can also be printed in color. For this game I read the riddle and Boo matched it to the correct word. This weeks rhyme was “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” We had a lot of fun taking turns pretending to be the rain and chasing each other.

Literacy, Age 3, Week 10

Cognitive Skills and Math:

We played with our number puzzles again, they are a big favorite. Here Boo is matching our Go Fish cards to our number puzzles. I am surprised at how many numbers she is recognizing because we haven’t spent a lot of time on this.

Math, Age 3, Week 10

Science and Nature Studies:

The building team is busy finishing up the lion boma. We have four lions arriving from South Africa at the end of the month which is really exciting – the last time a lion was seen here was in the ’80s. The girls and I got to visit the work in progress a couple of times this week. The following photo shows the waterhole being built. The lions will be kept in this enclosure for three or four weeks to make sure they are healthy and have settled in well before being released to move freely around the reserve. Their reintroduction will make this a big five reserve and complete the animal reintroduction program.

Science & Nature Studies, Age 3, Week 10

Play:

There was a lot of physical play this week. So much in fact that I’m beginning to feel like a jungle gym. The littles have been climbing all over me, jumping on me, using my legs as a bridge between the chair and the couch, and swinging from me. We could really use a jungle gym, but I did get a break on one of our visits to the lion boma where the girls made this sand slide.

Play, Age 3, Week 10

After making our caterpillar crafts the littles decided it would be a good idea to dump all the pom poms on the floor and run, dance, and jump through them. I wouldn’t have thought that would be too much fun but you should have heard the shrieks of laugher. It kept them busy for a long time. A while back I pinned a sensory walk from School Time Snippets on Pinterest but I wasn’t sure if my girls would enjoy it, I think we should give it a try.

Play, Age 3, Week 10

There was also a request for some shapes to cut out and paste. Boo was so proud of herself when she cut out a triangle without “breaking” it. I was impressed too, it’s really difficult to cut with kiddie scissors – I’ve tried!

Play, Age 3, Week 10

And the new game of the week is quad bike riding with my chair! Here Kooks is going solo but they’ve been giving each other rides as well.

Thoughts:

I am learning so much. Things I didn’t think needed to be taught do need to be taught, and concepts I thought would take a while to grasp the girls seem to be picking up on their own. There were a couple of times this week where I suggested we do school and the girls weren’t interested. This was a first and it surprised me, but I didn’t push it so there were a couple of days where we didn’t do any planned activities at all. Because of that, I thought there wouldn’t be too much to write about at the end of the week. It turns out we did plenty and more importantly we enjoyed what we did do, including the morning we threw school out the window and played tickle monster instead. I’m so aware that this time is fleeting and that I will miss it when it’s gone.

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  1. It sounds like you had a great week! How exciting to get four lions!

    We don’t have any pom poms at the moment, but I could definitely see my kids enjoying that activity! I’ve also looked at sensory walks on pinterest, but have never tried it. Maybe it’s time to…

  2. Heather says:

    Looks like you did a lot! For rhyming words I always tell the kids that the words have the same midde and ending sound. You could combine it with auditory perception e.g. Say cat, say it again without the t, or replace the t with another letter. Is there a “a” in cat? Etc…

  3. Kathy says:

    So glad that you and your littles are learning so much from this experience! I look forward to reading about your lesson plans each week and it is very inspiring to me. I also found this part of your last paragraph/conclusion for this week really interesting:

    “Things I didn’t think needed to be taught do need to be taught, and concepts I thought would take a while to grasp the girls seem to be picking up on their own.”

    Thanks again for sharing and visiting my blog often lately! I am really enjoying getting to know you and learn about your life in Malawi! There is a young man who was part of a program that I ran in the professional world, before having my son, called the Peacebuilders Initiative, here in Chicago. That man was a teenager at the time, but went on to graduate with his masters in social work and spent a year working and I think teaching in Malawi. I always thought that was so awesome.

  4. I admit it– I had to Google lion boma. ;)

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Ooops! A couple of years ago I would have had to google it too. Funny how when you hear something day in and day out you start to assume everyone has heard that same thing. It’s a large fenced in enclosure where the lions will stay (and be monitored) when they first arrive.

  5. Justine says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and letting me find yours! I’m looking forward to reading more about life in Malawi with two littles … so fascinating!

    I have a friend who is an occupational therapist, and she plays a game with kids and pompoms in which they have to use their toes to pick them up and put them in a small container. Lots of giggles, but also lots of concentration!

    The rhyme cards are tough ones. I also like the Eeboo puzzles (not sure if you can get them there) … they are Montessori style, self-correcting, which helps. And one of my favorite books to teach rhyming is the Dr. Seuss Hop On Pop. Even my one year old loves that one! :)

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thanks so much for the suggestions. We will definitely try picking up pompoms with our toes – how fun! We love Dr. Seuss and Hop on Pop is on our wish list. I hadn’t heard of Eeboo puzzles but just took a look on Amazon and they look like they would be perfect for us.

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