7 Steps to PLAN Your 1st Homeschooling Year for Your Preschoolers

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I remembered the night after we decided to homeschool our children, I was so excited and so nervous that I could not sleep. My brain was flooded with different ideas and things that I could to do with my children.

After the first couple exciting weeks of brainstorming and researching, confusion took control of my mind. I had found so many great ideas and ways to homeschool my children, but HOW or WHERE to START?

 

 

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After a year’s experience, I have come up with “7 Steps” to help you plan your preschool lessons:

 

  1. Set Goals & Objectives

  2. Get a Planner

  3. Pick your Subjects

  4. Pick your Methods

  5. Fill in your Calendar

  6. Plan your Daily Schedule

  7. Start the Preparation

 

Set Goals and Objectives

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." - Yogi Berra

 

For me:

[My goals are pretty straight forward]

  1. Establish a meaningful learning routine for my children.
  2. Learn the necessary skill-set to prepare them for kindergarten.
  3. Learn English & Cantonese.
  4. Have fun while learning.

 

How about you?

 

What do you want to accomplish while homeschooling?  What do you want your children to learn during homeschooling?

 

I had No IDEA what were appropriate goals to set for my preschoolers, I went online and searched for some Pre-K and Kindergarten assessment checklists, so I could get an idea of what my children would learn from a regular American school. On the other hand, I would suggest having both preschool and kindergarten assessment checklists together, since your child may know some of the things for kindergarten already, but may be missing some other skills from preschool, this way you can mix and match, and adjust goals and lesson plans to better fit the needs of your children.

 

Related Post:

Kindergarten Assessment {free printable} (The Polka Dot Patch)
I love this set of assessments: It is very cute, simple, practical.

Preschool Assessments (Me & Marie)
There are more details in this set with different stages of school to compare as well.

 

Get a Planner

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

After you have your homeschooling vision set, the second step is to find a planner and put lay out the details on paper. Some people like to use digital planners, and some people, like me, love writing everything down by hand. So pick your type of planner and it will be your big helper.

I LOVE my Planner. It is cheap, reusable, and easy to personalize. I especially LOVE the plastic SLEEVE pockets, because I am able to put whatever forms and papers in them. I can change my planner’s order easily, and I can personalize and get whatever calendars, weekly schedule, and lesson plan I love. I love that I can mix and match according to different situations. Plus, I don’t need to spend time dealing with any technology problems.

I found it for you. You can grab your own Sleeve Folders here:

 

                    

 

Things I put inside my Planner:

 

You can simply click on the items that are green, and you can find those forms right away.

 

Pick your Subjects

This is the exciting part! I can pick which subjects my children study. Art, music, Chinese, Letter of the Week, Math, & Science… Whatever you think is the best and fun for your children and for your family.

 

For my children, after weeks of consideration, I chose:

  • English: Alphabet, calendar time, story time, writing, reading out loud, rhyme, & nursery songs
  • Chinese: Story-time, writing, reading out loud, sing Chinese  nursery songs
  • Scriptures: Book of Mormon stories and Bible stories
  • Math: Counting, numbers, addition & subtraction, pattern, & logic…
  • Science: Science experiment, reading science-related books, & watch science-related videos
  • Art: Craft, painting, & coloring. cutting with scissors.
  • Music: Play instrument {xylophone}, sing songs, & learn to sing with “do re mi”

 

Pick your Methods

There are tons of different methods & curriculum for homeschooling preschoolers. But I they are so young that having a set curriculum may not be necessary. Especially if this is your first time homeschooling, you will have more reasons to try different methods and see what is the best for your child.

 

Themes-based Learning:

Plan different themes (e.g. seasons, animals, community, family…) with related books to read, art projects, songs to sing, objects to count, and even places to go visit.

 

Related Posts:

  1. Benefits of Theme-based learning (Early Childhood News)
  2. Themes (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  3. Themes for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten (Pre-K Pages)
  4. Preschool Weekly Theme Units (Cutting Tiny Bites)

 

Letters of the Week:

Pick one letter {ABC} for every one or two weeks, introduce the letter to your preschoolers with books, different hands-on activities, art projects, songs, printables, and flashcards, etc.

 

Related Posts:

  1. The Ultimate Letter Of the Week Resource For Preschooler (No Time For Flash Cards)
  2. How to teach the Alphabet (The Measured Mom)
  3. Letter of the Week Book Lists & Printable ABC Resources (This Reading Mama)

 

For me:

I combined both of them (Themes + Letter of the Week) in English and use the same Theme in Chinese as well. So usually on a Monday, I introduce our Letter of the Week, for example, “D” + Ocean Animals as the Theme. Then, I prepare writing and other printables that focus on the letter D for my children to do. We also use the Ocean Animals’ matching game cards to learn vocab. We point out all the letter “D’s” and play the matching game after and to finish we listen to and learn the “D” Phonics songs as well.

 

On Tuesday, I talk about Ocean Animals and read theme related books in Chinese. Most of the time, I would use the same set of matching game cards to learn vocab in Chinese. We do some arts and crafts or sing Ocean Animal songs in Chinese.

 

This is how I combine both methods in both languages at the same time. Children are such a natural learners that they can learn both of the languages easily, and the themes really do motivate them.

 

*Don’t forget to grab your FREE Chinese Theme Packs for your Preschoolers as well.

 

Fill in your Calendar

  • First of all, print or get a blank Calendar
  • Then, fill in national holidays, special events (Birthdays, anniversaries…), field trips, and family trips…
  • Pick a date to start school and end school
  • If you use Themes, fill in the seasonal and holiday Themes in the appropriate months.(E.G.: New Year – January, Chinese New Year- February, Easter- April, Thanksgiving – November, and Christmas- December…)
  • Finally, fill in the weeks with other themes that your preschooler will enjoy.

 

2016-2017 Monthly Calendar

 

I created a perfect blank calendar with Chinese & U.S. Holidays for you already.

This is a FREE version!!

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If you want a full set of 2016-2017 calendar, please click HERE.

 

 

Super Exciting!! You just made a blueprint for your next school year.

 

*You don’t need to fill in all the details right now. I usually have a planning session twice a month, where I research and brainstorm different activities, and take care of all the little details.

 

 

Plan your Daily Schedule

Now, Plan out a typical homeschooling day. Think of the Following:

  1. How many days will you conduct school a week?[4-5 days is the most common.]
  2. How long each day?[3 hours max, 1-2 hours is normal]
  3. What time start class?
  4. How many activities in a day?

 

For me:

Since the beauty of homeschooling is to fulfill my children’s needs, I won’t force them to follow my schedule exactly. I plan, and just go with the flow as my children enjoy it or we will move on and change things up when they lose interest.

 

*This is a FREE Two Week Schedule Lesson Plan that I use all the time.

 

8:00am       Wake up
8:30am       Breakfast + Scripture Time
9:30am       Calendar Time
9:45am       Reading Time
10:00am     Homework/Activities Time
10:30am     Special Activities Time (e.g.: art, painting, playing instruments, science projects, etc…)
11:00am      Free Play Time (Done with School)

11:30am      Lunch Time
12:00pm     Service Time (Chores)
12:45pm     Nap Time (My Blogging Time)

3:00pm      Precious Moment
4:00pm      Snack Time + Cartoon Time
5:00pm      Go outside and Play

6:30pm       Dinner
7:30pm       Service Time + Daddy Time
8:30pm      Quite Time (Reading Books, Coloring, playing puzzle…)
9:30pm       Bed Time

 

*I have changed and switched throughout past year. So don’t be afraid to make changes and try new things. It’s always good to improve and match your children’s needs.

 

Related Posts:

  1. Home Preschool Schedule (Cutting Tiny Bites)

  2. Daily Schedule With A Toddler And Infant (Muchkins and Mom)

 

Start the Preparation

"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans." - Peter F. Drucker

 

So now you have your ultimate year homeschooling plan with all the themes and subjects that you love.

 

What NEXT?

You can:

  • Get books, toys, learning materials, pocket charts, classroom decoration, stationary…
  • Start to make some folders of different subjects in your computer, so you can start saving all the printables and information found on Pinterest or other resources.
  • Decorate and design a homeschool area. This is my favorite! I love to ask for my children to help to put boxes, shelves, books, stationaries… together. They feel they are part of it, and it helps them get excited.{A set of FREE Chinese Schedule Label for you to decorate your room.}
  • Write down all confusing and unknown questions and concerns, find the answers by asking different homeschool moms on the internet or your neighbors and friends.
  • Join some local homeschooling groups, FACEBOOK homeschooling groups, meet up groups. You need some support, not just from your husband, but people who have been through.

 

Congratulations!

 

You are ready to start homeschooling and have so much fun with your children.

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