Monday, December 9, 2013

Preschool Homeschool - Tot School

Preschool Homeschool

My youngest turned 3 in November.  Last year when his big brothers were homeschooling he talked about his school too, so I knew I was going to have to come up with something.  I looked at a bunch of curriculum for 3s and 4s and wasn't sold on any particular set.  I knew there were several things I wanted addressed for him.  He already has a pretty good foundation of ABCs by sight and sound - so I'm just going to keep reinforcing those.  Same with colors and shapes.

Things I wanted to accomplish:

Numbers by sight up to 10
counting objects to 10
gross motor skills
fine motor skills
drawing shapes
scissor skills
puzzle skills
singing & music time
following directions
learning to sit be still for 5 minutes
Reading time

That is a pretty big list but I had one additional requirement - FUN!  He is only three and has many years ahead of him!  I want school to be associated with fun!  That is the most important part of learning.

So what did I end up with?

sticker books, flash cards, lots of classic books

tons of lauri toys:
Lauri Toys Primer Pak
Lauri Toys shape and color sorter
Lauri Toys Tall Stacker Peg Set 
Lauri Toys Number Express

For music time:
Wee Sing Bible 

 scissors & tweezers:

 additional art books:
Abeka Art Books for 2 & 3s

I hope this post helps you all come up with something that works for you!  I plan on hanging up printout of letters and changing them each week.  Possibly letters too.

Daily schedule:

  • rotation of learning toy (basically a different one each day)  10 minutes guided play - depending on Jace's attention span, then free play.
  • read 2 books
  • weekly some sort of art project (coloring, sticker work, play dough, seasonal craft)  

So as you can see it won't be much I'm thinking it might be 20  minutes total each day.  I'll space it all out too.  Reading will be before nap and early evening.  Crafts work well in the mornings when he is fresh from waking up.

Are you doing Tot School?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Disclaimer: This post does have affiliate links.


  1. My daughter just turned three in November as well. Our goals are similar and I am adding Lauri toys to our purchase list! We started Hooked On Phonics a few days ago and she is loving it!

    I'm looking forward to your future posts!

  2. I am so glad you stopped by and shared over at last week's Toddler Idea Tuesday. I love your list of goals to accomplish for your son's preschool. We also love Lauri Materials. Having a great time with the pegs and the Fit-a-Space Puzzles.
    I wanted to let you know I am featuring your post on this week's Toddler Idea Tuesday! I hope to see you stop by again.
    Have a great day!


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