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 Have any advice for prek-k please add here or if you need help in the area ask here.

by on Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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by owner on Nov. 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM

 I used to paint the shower wall with washable paint and put them in there and let them trace letters, numbers, etc... when they were done I would shower it off

by Head Admin on Mar. 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Does anyone have a favorite handwriting curriculum?  HWOT seems to be the most popular, but do you have one that you think works better?

by owner on Mar. 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM

 I like how Abeka does handwritting. They have a story about upstairs,downstaris,basement.I just got a copy of a blank sheet and dot letter for my dd and then she copies over mine and then does it by herself. If you want I can fileshare you a copy of it with the story to use with it.I also use

by on Jul. 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

My big struggle is phonetics and reading readiness. I love some of the sites folks have shared with me already. However, I don't have internet at home for him to work on these games/practices. And being a single mom (currently out of work for medical reasons) I am on an extremely tight budget and cannot afford hooked on phonics or other such programs. Does anyone know of free downloadable games/programs to teach reading readiness? Or even uber cheap?

by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Do you have access to a local library?  Find out if they have Teach Your Child to Read in a 100 Easy lessons. Also, you can check out plenty of learning-to-read books.  If you live near a dollar store like Dollar Tree, they frequently have workbooks for preK and K levels.  Walgreens usually does as well, though they're typically more than $1.  You could also look at something like this:

If you go to Starfall, they do have PDFs you can download for printing.  (Look at Level 1 Reading & Writing Journal and Cut-up/Take-home books.  If you can download and save stuff when you have internet access, then you can use them at home.)

by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

He sounds like he's on track for having developmental delays. I wouldn't worry about the holding a pencil or crayon just yet. The fine motor skills needed for writing are one of the last things to develop. Development follows a path of top to bottom, and in to out. Top to bottom means that babies first learn to hold their necks steady and upright, then push up their head and chest when on their tummies, then get up on all fours, etc. From in to out means large movements first that use the entire limb, then the hands, and last the fingers. There are some developmental specialists/theorists  that believe that children don't truly have the fine motor skills fully developed to write properly until age 7 or 8.

As for what he should know,  what you listed sounds like the basics to me, but it's been awhile since I went to school, and I never worked with pre-k kids. You should be able to search your state's standards on what pre-k and kindergarten learning goals are.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of playing to learn. Kids are natural born learners and scientists. Look for the teaching moments in his everyday activites and play time. For example, during water play (especially fun during summer) get a tub or something that you can put water in, then add objects that he can play with that both sink and float. Even if you don't explain the whole concept of object density, he will still be learning about the different materials and why some float and others do not. 

With developmental delays, early intervention and parent involvement are two key factors for a child's academic success. He is a very fortunate little boy to have a mama that is pro-active and caring such as you are. Keep up the good work.

Quoting delmeg10:

I know a lot of people say that preschool homeschooling is basically just playing. But, what are the major things that a preschooler should know prior to moving into kindergarten? My son has developmental delays, so he doesn't learn as easily as other 3 year olds do. I've been working on colors, shapes, letters, and numbers (1-10 is all he knows now). But is there anything else that he should know.

He can't write, he can't draw any shapes, he can't even hold a pencil or crayon properly. Any advice? Am I doing things wrong?

by on Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I have just visit the handwriting website, it is  very useful, thank you for sharing. 

I think everyone have their own learning style, and there are so many spaces for our kids to have thier learning time schedule, so don't worry, just put our children in God's hand. 

By the way, besides pick the rice, play dough also can help develope children finger muscles, it works for my 3 yrs son. Hope the sharing can cheer you up.

by on Sep. 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM
I just started with my three year old, no particular curriculum just work books from target and printable's off the internet. When I first started she seemed excited and followed most instructions. After a week off or two off (my mom came into visit), trying to get her to do anything, even coloring has been difficult. She cry's and try's to put herself in time out. I just don't know why she's all of a sudden not interested anymore. Suggestions welcomed? What do you do if your child becomes resistant?
by on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM

I use CLEs pre-k curriculum which consist of 4 little workbooks that teach lots of different skills like cutting, pasting, coloring, tracing, counting, letters and sounds, etc.  It is geared toward 3 and 4 year olds.  I also love the handwriting program from CLE.  They go through the different strokes and the describe the line as having a head line, mid line, base line, and basement.  The workbooks are really fun to because there is a little story for every letter about an animal and then after they get really good with that there are a few poems to copy and it is just a lot of fun.  My kids love it!  Check it out at and just click the homeschool link!

by on Feb. 16, 2017 at 6:23 PM

I am new here. Currently I work 30 hours a week outside of the home and my husband is home with our 2, soon to be 3, boys. My oldest is 4 1/2 and we plan to homeschool. (we are hoping to transition where I'm back home before next school year, but have to wait and see right now.) I want to go ahead and get his 5K stuff together and planned out, but i don't know if they have to have certain subjects so many times a week in 5K or if they have to have school every day or if we can do like 3 days a week? i just am so overwhelmed with so many different options that i don't know where to start or what i'm doing! LOL. can someone give me a detailed example of their 5K plans/agendas with what subjects you did what days and so forth? I'm looking for a few so i can compare and try to find what works for us. thanks in advance.

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