Covering Math in a Preschool Unit
Counting from 0-10 is currently what we are working on, along with some simple addition and subtraction games. For our anatomy unit, I will be using Q-tips as “bone” manipulatives for our counting. We will play a “put in order” game with digestion cards I will be printing. We will be graphing the 5 senses. I may come up with more “math” for our unit, but figuring out how to make the core subjects fit into you theme is not as difficult as you may think. Use your Pinterest and Google Image searches, just make sure to add preschool or elementary to your descriptive words. You will find lots of great ideas! If you are using a lapbook, you can even make a pocket and put your counting items in them.
Adding Copywork to a Preschool Unit
We are just beginning to add in some copywork but there are so many great resources out there. Like this copywork generator. Find a poem, a scripture, or even practice some letters and words that relate to your unit. We will be copying a modified version of Job 33:4, “God made me, and gave me life”, and a verse from Dem Bones. For PreK and Kindergarten, you could pick something a bit longer. You can even pick facts and todbits from the book or books you are using for your unit.
Adding Art to a Preschool Unit
Adding art is simply something we do. Not just craft projects, but actual fine art pieces. Over the computer, in books, or at museums art is something I want to cultivate an appreciation for in both boys. I used to think that exposing very young children to fine art was a bit silly. (Please don’t judge me, I wasn’t a parent or too well-acquainted with homeschool then.) Then I had Mr. T and by about 22 months old, his favorite book to sit and look at is this Van Gogh monster sized coffee table book I’ve had
since for a long time. Children have a wonderful appreciation for art that we can sometimes overlook. If you are fond of this approach, Artistic Pursuits is a phenomenal curriculum.
Adding Music to a Preschool Unit
Music helps things stick. It is a great way to incorporate movement into your day, too, which is always great for preschoolers and homeschool moms. We will be using The Skeleton Dance Song and Dem Bones for our anatomy unit. We use songs to help in scripture memorization. So you can most definitely include music, even just for listening and enjoying, into every unit you create.
Practical Life Activities for Preschool Unit
Adding in practical life activities is fun. We do love Montessori! Find fun snacks to make in the kitchen with your preschooler. We will be making a veggie person and attempting gluten free soft pretzel “bones”. We will be using window washing to show how muscles help bones. Remember that everyday tasks are sometimes the best reinforcers of concepts to little ones.
Don’t try to work in every single subject every single day. Be creative in how you think about the subjects and you will find yourself coming up with all kinds of wonderful projects and ideas to make your unit spectacular!
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