Home School Preschool Roundup

Ideas and resources for home school preschool

This is list is perfect for homeschooling or just preparing your young ones for traditional school.  If you aren’t sure if your child is ready for preschool check out this post on my struggle to make the same decision.

Big Preschool Workbook

Big Preschool Workbook

Big Preschool WorkbookHelp your preschooler get ready for reading writing and numbers …

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade P

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade P

Designed by experts in education this comprehensive best-selling workbook features vivid and full-color illustrations to guide preschool children step-by-step through a variety of engaging and developmentally appropriate activities …

Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5

Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5

Zoo themed 64-page workbook …

Teaching Preschool: A Homeschooling Guide

Teaching Preschool: A Homeschooling Guide

This easy to read booklet provides the basic outline for scheduling your preschooler s day in your homeschool …

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags …

Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities exercises and games in every subject Brain Quest Workbook Pre-K reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom …

101 Tips for Preschool at Home: Minimize Your Homeschool Stress By Starting Right (How to Homeschool)

101 Tips for Preschool at Home: Minimize Your Homeschool Stress By Starting Right (How to Homeschool)

Yes you can homeschool your child through the preschool years …

Preschool Practice Scissor Skills (Ages 3-5)

Preschool Practice Scissor Skills (Ages 3-5)

School Zone Little Hand Helper Workbooks provide a fun-filled introduction to important readiness skills …

Preschool Science

Preschool Science

Build background knowledge teach beginning science concepts and have fun at the same time This handy resource is chockful of creative ideas for exploring 3 important strands of the early childhood science curriculum Weather the Ocean and Gardens …

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Finally homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum from one of the country s foremost homeschooling experts …

The Preschool Journey

The Preschool Journey

The Preschool Journey is a hands-on preschool curriculum to help parents prepare their child for kindergarten …

What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series)

What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series)

Give your child a smart start with What Your Preschooler Needs to Know Designed for parents to enjoy with children filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering curiosity this beautifully illustrated anthology offers preschoolers the fundamentals they need to prepare for a happy productive time in school and for the rest of their lives …

Rod and Staff Homeschool Preschool Activity Workbooks- Set of 4 (for 3 & 4 Year Old Children)

Rod and Staff Homeschool Preschool Activity Workbooks- Set of 4 (for 3 & 4 Year Old Children)

Set of four Rod and Staff preschool activity books ideal for homeschooling or supplemental work …

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years

Claim quality togetherness with your child and fully enjoy the sensitive and formative years from two to five by adopting proven teaching techniques in your own home …

Ready for School Kindergarten Preschool Readiness Preparation Bundle Five Items: One Alphabet Workbook, One Numbers Workbook, One Writing Tablet, One 2pk Ticonderoga Beginner Pencils, One set of Color/Shape Flash Cards

Ready for School Kindergarten Preschool Readiness Preparation Bundle Five Items: One Alphabet Workbook, One Numbers Workbook, One Writing Tablet, One 2pk Ticonderoga Beginner Pencils, One set of Color/Shape Flash Cards

Bendon Alphabet and Numbers learning workbooks helps you to learn how to write each uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers has activities throughout the book to learn how to use the letters and numbers …

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child

Based on the key Montessori principle that children learn best through active experience Teach Me to Do It Myself presents simple activities through which children explore and develop their skills …

Preschool: At What Cost?

Preschool: At What Cost?

What preschool do you go to the doctor asked our three-year-old granddaughter who was perplexed by the question …

Alpha Omega Horizons Preschool Complete Multimedia Set AOP

Alpha Omega Horizons Preschool Complete Multimedia Set AOP

Perfectly complimenting the Preschool Curriculum Set the Multimedia Set contains videos CDs and CD-ROMs that coordinate with lesson themes …

Help Your Preschooler Build a Better Brain: Early Learning Activities for 2-6 Year Old Children

Help Your Preschooler Build a Better Brain: Early Learning Activities for 2-6 Year Old Children

If an expensive preschool is not an option create one at home Written by an experienced Montessori Teacher this unique guide has years of fun activities and the information you need to help your child develop strong brain architecture a positive self-image and advanced skills in math reading and writing a perfect preparation for success in school …

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Back To School: Immunizations at Walgreens

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Back to SchoolWe are gearing up for the new school year in our home!  One 7th grader, one in Kindergarten, our nephew is going to preschool and the baby is on the wait list for preschool, too.  This might be the first year all the kids are go to school!  Let me take a minute because that is just CRAZY!  Whew. Ok, and I’m back! Of course there is tons of back to school shopping to be done, pencils, folders, backpacks etc. One very important aspect of back to school shopping includes immunizations!

Easy Immunizations for School

My own kiddos are very aware that shots help keep them safe and healthy.  We discuss it often and, although they don’t love getting them, they do know it is necessary.  Last year, after school has started, I got a call from my the oldest child’s nurses office.  Turns out she was missing an immunization from her records and we needed to get her up to date.  So I called the doctor’s office.  There were no openings until the next week.  I wish we had known about Walgreens Healthcare Clinics where no appointment is necessary, it’s quick and easy, most insurance is accepted (I checked, ours is) and they’ll report back to your primary care physician.  And the icing on the cake, in my opinion, is this program I recently learned about.  When your child gets their back-to-school immunization at Walgreens, they’ll provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. #GiveaShot

Walgreens Shots

This program is aimed at school aged children 7 years and older.  I found this chart on the website really helpful and hopefully I won’t have any missed immunizations in the future.

Immunization Calendar

She’s got a few she needs before school starts in a couple weeks and you can bet you’ll catch us popping in to the Walgreens on the corner for school supplies and to update those immunizations.  She says if she has to get them anyway, she’d like to do them at Walgreens, where she can “Get a Shot, Give a Shot”.

Should I Send My Kid To Preschool?

K is about to start kindergarten.  In preparation for this day we started him last year in preschool in the out of district school we’d been hoping the kids could attend since purchasing a house in 2011.  Initially, we searched for homes in the school’s area but our budget and needs pushed us out of district.  We knew there was a high demand and found out that by enrolling K in preschool he’d be guaranteed a spot in kindergarten and from there would be able to remain at said school. What can I say?  I’m a planner.

Benefits of Preschool

So, although I am a stay at home mom, K went into half day preschool.  I wrestled with this internally.  How strange it seemed; to send my kid to school when state didn’t require it, it cost us money and he could just be home with me.  The pros out weighed the cons and in hind sight I can’t even believe I had any questions about sending him to preschool.

  1. Social Interaction.  We know that kids’ being around other kids is important to help our kids become social but I truly could not have imaged how amazing preschool was for K and learning how to appropriately interact with kids and adults (that aren’t mom and dad).  He forged some amazing friendships even at this young age.
  2. Academic Growth.  One of the most obvious reasons to proceed with preschool is academics.  Starting formal education early can help set your kiddos up for success later on in school and life in general.  (Plus, it’s really cool to see your 4 or 5 year old sound out words!)
  3. Respect for Education.  Starting schooling young can instill a love and respect for learning and education.  School becomes important to your child and this can stay with them through their whole life.
  4. Daily Structure.  Try as I might, I could never give my kids the daily schedule and structure preschool does.  Sure, we kinda, sorta stuck to a routine but in preschool kids learn to know what to expect and thrive on that structure.
  5. Independence.  With 20 kids in their class kids learn a bit of independence which is crucial for a well adjusted child.  Side note: prep your kids by letting them open their own snacks; I never thought about this and it was a shock to K when he was expected to be able to, or least attempt to, open his own.

BONUS: K’s time in preschool gave me some one on one time with my youngest child.  Before K started school it was an extremely rare occasion to be alone with Baby G.  While K was thriving and growing in school I was able to focus a bit on Baby G and really see his personality form.

1st Day of Preschool

We loved what we saw in this school and how K has blossomed so much that when we realized there was a 3 year old program at the same school we looked knew Baby G would benefit, too.  When he finally potty trained (that’s a whole other story!) we called to enroll him.  Remember how I mentioned this school is well rated and in high demand?  Well, unfortunately, Baby G is waitlisted for the one classroom of 3 year olds.  Luckily, we aren’t in a huge rush, so we are just waiting for a spot to open up.  When I spot opens up I know I’ll have the natural reaction to be torn- but I know it’s the right choice for us and good for the kids.

Back to School: Keep Your Family Healthy with Penny Wise Office Products

Back to school in our house means back to germs.  This year I have a secret weapon.  Penny Wise Office Products has everything you need for office and home including Lysol products at a great price and shipped right to my door.  Yes, please!

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You can stock up on cleaning supplies for your home or office and keep everyone around you healthy and germ free!

I especially loved these Lysol products because these are free of the typical bleach harshness.  The wipes make cleaning easier, too.  Keeping things clean and sanitized and keeping my family healthy is a priority. Penny Wise makes it that much easier (and cheaper)!

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Gearing Up for a New Semester with Campus Book Rentals

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  college books are ridiculously expensive to buy.  I average at least $200 per course I’m taking.  This semester I’m taking 5 courses…I can expect to spend around $1,000 on books (on top of my tuition)!!  Yikes.

At first I thought the idea of renting my books was weird.  But then I thought more about it and DUH, I try to sell my books back (and getting next to nothing for them) to the bookstore after each semester…what is the difference?!  The difference is the money saved!  You can save tons buy renting your books each semester.  Here are some of the perks to using Campus Book Rentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

This is a screen shot off my student account for school.  It’s one of the books I’ll need (in fact I need two for this particular class) this semester.  It tells me how much to expect to pay for the book (new, used, rent etc).

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It was super easy to find the book on CampusBookRentals.com by copying and pasting the ISBN.  Here’s what came up for the exact same book.  The rental price difference is almost 50% off!!!!

There’s also the option to rent books you already own using RentBack. You rent out books to other students and you could make 2-4 times more money than buyback options (like when the campus book store offers me $4 on a book I spent over $100; no really, that’s happened.  I always end up keeping them out of principle).book

This is a great idea for anyone who’s in college, going to college or who has kept their college books, like me.  Yay! For saving money!!!  I already own enough in student loans!

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Rock and ROLLING Regular Old Lunches

It’s fun to change up menus and meals but sometimes when you have a three (almost 4!) year old and a 1 and 1/2 year old at home with you you find yourself making quite a bit of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches!  I don’t mind- I try to make it as healthy as possible by using wheat bread and sprinkling wheat germ over the PB; plus peanut butter has some great protein aspects.  To shake things up every once and a while we’ll do these PB Roll Ups.  They are super easy and really cute and a fun way to get your lunch ‘Rocking and Rolling’ :)

Take your bread and flatten it with a rolling pin; you can cut the crust off to make it prettier but I left them on :) Place your filling of choice; you could to classic PB and J, PB and Honey or even (as you’ll see below) banana and honey or PB!

Next, simply roll.  Take a sharp knife and slice into perfectly bite sized yummies.  And you’re done.  These would be great for a playdate or kids party since they are small and perfect for popping, chewing and then continuing playing.

How do you shake up your lunch routine?