Preschool

Mommy, I want to do school!

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I am very excited to have Mrs. Candace from Sonbeams guest posting for Sunflower Schoolhouse today because we will be moving into the preschool at home stage this year with our 2.5 year old twins.

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“Mommy, I want to do school!”, says your little preschool age “BABY” that couldn’t possibly be old enough to think such things.

At this point in your Mommy-life, the idea of your child starting school might feel as far away as college! But when you stop and look, here is your child, now growing up with such an excited, healthy desire to learn. The question changes from Why?, to Why Not?

To your child’s excitement, you announce that you will start school – at home! To your fear, you think – “What in the world am I going to do?”.

You may feel incompetent, not able to teach your child properly – but think on these points for a moment:

  • Can your child eat, drink from a cup, talk, and walk?
  • Can your child follow directions?
  • Can your child sing, dance, play?

Of course they can, and who taught them? YOU were their teacher, their cheerleader. YOU know your child, and their learning styles better than anyone else. YOU are the one that God placed in their life to train up for His glory.

Looking at things from this perspective should encourage you that there is no one better than you to teach. So the next questions – How? And what?

How To Teach Preschoolers

Discover your younger self once again! It’s true, a lot of what your child learns is from time spent sitting in the floor, laughing, reading, and playing. When you get down on their level and talk WITH them, not to be confused with talking TO them, they learn more than you can imagine.

Don’t be confused with thoughts of having to follow a strict routine/ schedule. As a former preschool teacher, now preschool homeschool mommy, I can say that this doesn’t make for very fun school at all. School with littles is far from the idea we have of school – stuck to a desk with tons of paperwork. (Though some children think of this as school, and aren’t happy unless they have some type of worksheet!)

Take time to point out what color of shirt they are wearing, or what shape you cut their sandwich in, or how many children are sitting around the table.

Save coupons and grocery ads. These offer great practice for scissor skills! You can learn to recognize fruits and vegetables; learn numbers by reading the prices.

You can learn colors and sorting skills by doing laundry together. Learn self help skills by teaching them to dress themselves – they don’t need a $15 doll to learn.

What Should I Teach My Child?

Preschoolers should become familiar with their ABC’s, 123’s to at least 10, colors, and basic shapes. You can work on fine motor skills such as tearing, cutting, threading. Then there are gross motor skills such as hopping, jumping, skipping, standing on one foot.

You can find all sorts of games to play to teach these skills. KEEP LEARNING FUN!

In closing, it’s safe to say that many parents do some sort of homeschool preschool already, they just don’t realize it! Take time to read with your child, talk to them, and you’ll find this will take them far.

Mrs. Candace is a homeschool preschool mom to 4 children, and a former homeschool student herself. Based on her past experience as a preschool instructor, she began writing lesson plans for teaching her oldest when he BEGGED to do school at 3. This was the beginning of Sonbeams, a Christian based company offering parents and teachers with resources to “Raise Up SON-beams For Him!”

For more information on her website, or to hear and view samples of her line of Christian products for families, please visit: Sonbeams .

A Trip Across Canada – Quebec

If you are just joining us now, may I suggest that you visit these pages first –>

Our next stop on our Trip Across Canada is Quebec. If you have not picked up your travel brochures for Quebec yet, you can stop and do that now.

Here are some questions to ask as you look at your detailed map. What province is to the left of Quebec? What province is to the right of Quebec? What is the capital city of Qubec? What three bays border Quebec?

You can download a detailed map of Quebec here –>

On the blank map, you can have your student color it (however you decide). You can also have the student include important information on their map.

You can download a blank map of Quebec here –>

The leader of the province is called the Premiere. Visit the official website for the government of Quebec. What is the name of the current Premiere?

You can find information about the Symbols of Quebec and here and here.

You can read more about the symbols of Quebec here –>

Quebec has its own flag. You can read about the flag here –>

You can print out a flag to color here –>

Quebec has a provincial flower. The flower is called the Blue Flag. You can visit these websites to find out more about this flower.

Quebec has a provincial bird. The bird is called the Snowy Owl. You can visit the following websites to find out more about this bird.

Quebec has a provincial tree. The tree is called the Yellow Birch. You can visit the following website to find out more about this tree.

Quebec has a provincial motto. The motto is “I remember.”

Quebec has a provincial coat of arms and shield. You can learn more about them by visiting these pages.

Create your own family coat of arms.

You can learn more about the weather in Quebec by visiting these websites.

Quebec has some excellent parks. Take some time to learn more about the diverse landscape of Quebec.

More information about the geography of Quebec can be found here.

Just a few of the many things in Quebec to learn more about. All of these pages are in English even though some of the titles are in French.

Quebec City is the capital of Quebec. To find out more information about Quebec, you can visit the following websites.

The Legislature buildings are located in Quebec City, Quebec.

More resources

Have a look through all of the on-line travel brochures for Quebec and see what other interesting things you can find.

What do you think of our studies so far?

Do you have anything that you would like to add?

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