Homeschool Resources: What I Bought for Pre-K

Pre-K Homeschool Resources - Mud Hut Mama

Last year I bought very little for our homeschool and we learned a lot and had tons of fun with very few homeschool resources. This year I bought a little more and, since I’m really happy with most of my purchases, I thought I’d share them here. I bought a lot of books. I think that even if I quadrupled the size of our home library I would still want more books – by far the biggest challenge of homeschooling where we are is the lack of a public library. Apart from children’s books, and the multitude of activities and ideas found on the internet, this is what we are currently using in our homeschool. This post contains affiliate links. Reading: Teach Your Child to […] Read more »

DIY Homeschool: Pre-K Curriculum Guidelines

Pre-K Curriculum Guidelines - Mud Hut Mama

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 […] Read more »

Homeschooling Preschool in Remote Africa

An African Homeschool - Mud Hut Mama

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Homeschool Blogging Carnival hosted by Lisa at The Squishable Baby and Keisha at Unschooling Momma. This month our participants are introducing their homeschools and styles. We have just finished our first year of homeschooling preschool and are looking forward to many more years of school at home to come. One of the reasons I started this blog was in the hopes of meeting other homeschooling families and developing a support system since I sometimes feel pretty isolated. I love that this Homeschool Blogging Carnival has that same goal. I currently live in a Malawian wildlife reserve with my husband and two daughters. I am American and my husband is Zambian – we met when I was a […] Read more »

Preschool Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plans, Age 3

Preschool Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plans - Mud Hut Mama

In an attempt to organize this space a bit, I am listing the links to each week of our free homeschool preschool lesson plans for age three here. One thing that I would change if we were starting over would be to use the rhyme a week instruction from Webbing Into Literacy with their suggested activities from the start. All the activities we have done are based on this plan for a free DIY curriculum. Enjoy! Week 1: Letter crafts (d, o & g), salt tray writing, letter recognition, sequencing, sorting by color, matching and nature bracelets Week 2: Letter s craft, writing practice, letter recognition, cutting shapes, counting with playdough, sorting by size, number recognition, nature journals and popcorn science Week 3: Letter crafts (a […] Read more »

Thoughts on How to Teach Reading to my Kids

Thoughts on how to Teach Reading to my Kids

Before I’ve even started homeschooling, I’ve completely changed my thinking about the best way to move forward in teaching literacy skills to my daughters. Somehow I think I’m going to learn as much or more through homeschooling as the littles. I knew we would start working on letter recognition this year, and in formulating my curriculum plan for age three, I realized that would include learning letter sounds. I figured we would start with A and work our way through to Z, and I thought we’d start with uppercase letters and move onto lowercase letters later. I wasn’t so sure how to go about teaching letter sounds, so I started doing some online research. What I’ve found out is that there are a number of […] Read more »

How to Start Homeschooling Your Child: Purchased Curriculum or DIY

How to Start Homeschooling your Child

My oldest daughter will be three in April and, since we live in the middle of a wildlife reserve, homeschooling has been on my mind.  In fact it has become a bit of an obsession as I search website after website and try to sort out what makes sense for her and for us as a family.  When we made this lifestyle choice we knew that homeschooling would become a part of it but then it was way off in the future and now I’m realizing that if we were still in the States Boo might be starting preschool soon. I say might because of course preschool is optional in the States, so I am viewing age three and four as guinea pig years.  I’m […] Read more »

What are the Benefits of Homeschooling?

What are the Benefits of Homeschooling?

I knew this was on the horizon since I found out I was pregnant with my first child but then it seemed such a long way off and now it is upon us.  If we were living in the States, I would probably have sent Boo off to preschool just like all her little cousins and never given homeschooling a thought.  However, since we live in the middle of a wildlife reserve in Southern Africa, traditional school is not an option for us. As parents we naturally encourage our offspring’s development through play, exploration, and exposure to different stimuli, but, if we choose to homeschool, how do we utilize these innate skills to guide our littles along a path of learning that will ultimately lead […] Read more »