A couple weeks ago I had a 5 day series here on the blog along with the iHomeschool Network's Summer Hopscotch series. Today I am sharing all 5 days of tot-school and homeschool preschool ideas so you can find them in one spot.
5 Days of Tot-School And Homeschool Preschool Ideas
I had a lot of fun putting this series together. I hope you will find each post helpful in engaging and having fun with your toddler and preschooler.
For reference, tot-school refers to ages 1-3 and does NOT mean you are sitting your toddler down to do “school work.” Instead it means that you are providing meaningful, hands-on activities that encourage them to explore the world around them through fun activities.
I personally consider preschool ages 3-5. Since I don't plan on starting formal kindergarten with my daughter until age 6, then this works for us. However, most Kindergarten age children in the public or private schools are 5-6.
Practical Life Skills for your Toddler & Preschooler
In this post I talk about how to include your toddler and child in activities around the house including meal prep. And also how to set up your home so that your toddler and preschool has more independence in self care and play activities.
Fine Motor Activities for your Toddler & Preschooler
There are a lot of resources in this post on how to include fine motor activities. Includes links to age appropriate skills by age (comes with a free printable). Also common items that you may have around your house that can help with fine motor skills.
Sensory Activities for your Toddler & Preschooler
If you have been around the blog for any length of time, then you will know that I LOVE doing sensory activities. In this post I review what exactly sensory activities are and give you some great ways to get started with them in your home.
Handwriting Activities for your Toddler & Preschooler
Next to my love of sensory activities comes handwriting activities. Or in this case, pre-writing lines and shapes. Handwriting skills for toddlers and preschoolers is anything but sitting down with a pencil and paper! This post gives you a ton of hands-on ideas for practicing pre-writing strokes and shapes.
You can also check out my ebook, Basic Shapes for Beginners, a hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers, It is designed for ages 2-5 and gives you 6 weeks of lesson plans and hands-on activities that you can do with your preschoolers and toddlers. Everything uses items that most of you should have around your house.
Gross Motor Play for your Toddler & Preschooler
Perhaps the most important skill, gross motor play and movement helps your child to learn! Children at this age learn through experiencing things with their entire bodies. Movement is crucial to that development. In this post I give some of my favorite ways to keep toddlers and preschoolers active, moving, and learning.
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