We officially started a preschool program for Wyatt at home last week!

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I feel weird saying "Preschool" (1) because 2 1/2 years old still seems so little for preschool, and (2) 2 1/2 is little for preschool.  I think preschool at two years old is more about practicing school - practicing doing a "school" activity each day, learning more about every day things, learning through play, just basically getting "practice" for future years of serious learning.  Learning readiness and all that.  

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And my goodness, all that is super-easy to do at home!  In fact, kids probably do more early-learning at home than in a group preschool setting, in my opinion.  Less distractions and more one-on-one attention at home.

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So yes, we started "practice preschool", as I'm calling it this year.  I found out about this really cute God-centered preschool program called God's Little Explorers, which you can find here.  You can buy an e-version of the whole program at once for $14, or you can access each lesson on her blog for free!  And free is a price I like, especially for a two year old preschool program.

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I love this curriculum because each week is focused on learning a letter which is tied to a Bible story, so Wyatt will be focusing on God's Word at the same time as the letters.  She gives a ton of ideas for different activities to incorporate the lessons for each week, more than we could ever actually do.  I'm cherry-picking the ones that I have all the supplies to do, and the ones that Wyatt would actually enjoy doing (because I just know some of the activities are not things that he'd be into yet).  I think if we decide to incorporate this program next year it would still feel new because there are so many additional activities we could do together, and it's one of those programs that you could add to pretty easily.

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Last week was just an introductory week - no specific Bible story, just generally getting ready to eXplore God's Word.  So the letter was "X".  I taped a bunch of "x's" around the house and went on a treasure hunt with Wyatt (hiding some of his new crayons and stuff under the x's).  The rest of the week he loved pointing out all the x's.  We also got the sound that an x makes down pat.  I also like it because she adds other things to work on learning each week besides just letters, so if he picks up a letter pretty quick (like last week), there are other things to do.

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Overall, I think this year is going to be fun!  We're not going to get too uptight about it, because let's face it, he's two, and this is supposed to be fun for him.  But it amazes me how much he soaks up and how quickly he learns new things.   I think he's going to learn a lot, and I'm looking forward to getting the practice on planning things for us to do for school during the week!

This week is about the Creation story and the Garden - the letter G.  I'm off to cut out some "G's" out of construction paper now. . . 

P.S. Also making sure to take some time out today to remember 9/11 and to pray for our country. We won't ever forget.

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Emily Powell said...

That looks like a really good start! I think I'm going to try it at home with Georgia. She is in preschool but she already knows everything on her class syllubus. I wanted her to go for the social aspect but we do A LOT of learning at home!

Elyse said...

What a great program! Thank you so much for sharing, I think this is the program I will use for Owen when he gets a little older!

Amanda said...

He is so cute! I feel the same way - Mallory is going to "pre" school but she just colors most of the days but I love the routine and that she will hopefully be ready when it is time to really start school. Good luck!

Ashley said...

Oh fun! I can't wait to do this with my kids. Glad that Wyatt's enjoying it!! :)

Jessica Elyse @ Memoirs of a Mommy said...

I cannot believe how grown up he looks here and preschool, that just makes him a big boy. You will have to let me know how that program goes. We are interested in homeschooling someday (obviously, still need the kid component, ha).

Melanie said...

I'm bookmarking this!! I'm like you..2 IS too little for school in my opinion and I'm hoping to also be able to homeschool Makayla when she's bigger as well. But this is a great way to get her used to it..btw..Wyatt looks so grown up in that ball cap!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Aww ... how sweet! I was homeschooled and hope to homeschool my children if I have any. Preschool at home sounds perfect for 2 1/2 which is, really, still so tiny! Have fun!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this information!

Taara said...

Thanks for the recommendation of this program - I have been thinking about getting a Bible-based curriculum to use with my older two in the afternoons. They attend a Portuguese only program in the morning - so I want to make sure they get English learning and activities as well.

Lee Ann said...

You seriously have the cutest children ever!! Your posts make me want babies! Maybe I should find a husband first. :)

Lee Ann S.

Lauren said...

thanks for sharing this! I definitely want to check into this for some fun days with Elyse!

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