Each year at the end of the year, I put together a post that looks back at our school year. ED has had a great year. She was 4 this year and turned 5 this spring. We homeschool together… so ED participates with my older two kids in all their activities. Some of these units (like the 5 senses) were mainly for ED, others were mainly for the older kids, but ED tagged along. The older kids generally cover the topics in more depth, but ED enjoys participating in the hands-on activities.
I put in links back to the posts (or to the units themselves), if you are interested in seeing what we covered in a bit more depth.
Some of the science units she did this year included:
- Mealworms – Living and Non-Living
Visit that post to get the free print out for that preschool activity (what lives above ground, below ground):
- Invertebrates and vertebrates: Montessori cards; Farm Animals; Vertebrae Man (how the backbone works)
- World Animals and the 7 Continents:
- Rocks and Minerals: We had so much fun with this unit! We did lots of hands-on activities everything from panning for gems to growing crystals to exploring the properties of rocks…
- Human Body, Digestive System (she participated in all of our hands-on activities): Again, ED was right in with us for all the hands-on activities we did in this unit…. like learning about how swallowing really works:
- Science Experiments: She loves science experiments and we threw in lots of hands-on activities throughout the year. (Explosion of colors: milk and dye experiment)
- She participated in all of the crafts, cooking and other activities we did as we learned about Africa this past year. Everything from Ancient Egypt and North Africa to West and East Africa. (Below: Masaii necklace craft). Browse through all the posts in our Africa Unit here.
- She reviewed world geography (and worked off-and-on with us as we learned about the geography, countries and features of Africa)
- She learned about the 7 continents and world animals
Reading/Phonics: She went from barely being able sound out three-letter words to working on words with vowel teams. She read through the first set of Bob Books (last summer), all 52 of the free Sam readers, and the first four sets (1, 1A, 2 and 2A) of Primary Phonics.
We’ve read lots and lots of books aloud together… too many to write about here!
- Skip counting (10s, 5s and just started on 2s)
- Doubling (1+1 through 6+6 and is now working beyond those)
- Allowance and money
- Pete the Cat
- Click here to see all our preschool math posts (and free downloads)
- Here are the questions I consider when planning out the new year (assessing where the kids are at, thinking about our homeschool philosophy, etc.).
- This post looks a back at our school year (2011-2012). I talked about what went well and what could use some improvement.
- I talked about how I assess our homeschooling philosophy: Am I happy with *how* we are homeschooling? I talked a lot about the books I’ve read that helped us find the homeschool style that works for us.
- I went into quite some detail about our long-term goals for homeschooling yesterday.
- Short Term Goals and Planning
Similar to #3 above, you might also be interested in a more recent post that talks about some of the homeschool methods that people use and how we incorporate these philosophies and methods into our homeschool: