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8 strategies to Homeschool your Preschooler

Help! Where do I start?

Have you found yourself thrown into homeschooling your child amidst all the school closures and wondering where to start? I know it can be very overwhelming especially when you weren’t given any notice and BAM here you are with your preschooler looking at you for some guidance and direction.

Help is here! I created this resource to help you find some sort of balance and provide a structure for your preschooler at home. If you strive to implement these 8 strategies everyday, it will keep little ones busy and give you a sense of peace. It’s a win for everyone during these unprecedented times. 

  • Start your day with an affirmation 
  • Story time
  • Play time
  • Learning time
  • Snack time
  • Creative time
  • Outdoor/Move time
  • Close your day with gratitude

For more details on each strategy, download the Daily Home Preschool Schedule PDF here >>

If you would like assistance with learning time and activities during the school closures, enroll your child in our complimentary Alphapals kids program for letters U to Z. Click here to enroll >>

Homeschooling Your Preschooler During School Closures

Yes! I can do it!

Tips for successfully homeschooling your preschooler during school closures

During these unprecedented times, it’s important to keep kids engaged, excited to learn and have a sense of community so they feel safe.  Here are a few tips to implement at home to make your homeschooling experience enjoyable and fun for everyone. 

  1. Focused learning periods with your child (3-5 year olds) should be limited to periods of 10-15 minutes followed by downtime activities such as; snack, walking, stretching, breathing exercises, rest time, clean up time, playing outdoors and playtime.
  2. Playing soothing background music such as nature or classical music provides a unique sensory integration of the body and mind, which is crucial in learning readiness in reading, writing and math. Studies have shown that the use of classical music during writing or working on projects increases attention and concentration among children.
  3. Create a fun workspace for your child filled with paper, crayons, markers and pencils for them to be creative and have a place to do their worksheets.

Subscribe to our complimentary Alphapals© Kids online program teaching kids their ABC’s and 123’s while developing self-belief, compassion, and a positive mindset through our brain based teaching techniques for free while schools are closed (a $67 value).

You’ll receive a weekly email featuring video lessons on the letter of the week, alphabet box, number of the week, and story time plus art activity suggestions. Our preschool is currently on letter U and number 21 so we will be starting our complimentary weekly video lessons with letter U. 

Click here to enroll for free >>

I’m happy and honored to be able to provide you and your child with weekly lessons during this time of school closures to help give your child some sort of normalcy and support you in providing a fun home school experience. 

I hope during this ever changing world we live in that you enjoy this gift of time by connecting and playing with your child, being creative, being grateful and living from a place of love and appreciation. 

Hugs to you all and be well,

Teacher Kay

How to Wash Your Hands – ABC Style!

It’s still flu season and with all the scary viruses going around, one of the most important and easiest ways to prevent our little ones from getting sick is to wash their hands!

But most kids don’t wash their hands nearly long enough to be effective, so here’s our ABC-style method that our AlphaPal’s love!

Leave a comment below and let me know how it goes with your child!

Geyser Experiment with Coke Zero

We created a geyser with Mentos and Coke Zero. You can use Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero. We found that Coke Zero produced the best geyser! Let’s watch and find out. You can do this experiment at home too. You’ll need the following supplies to create this fun experience! Make sure to perform this outside!

Materials needed:

Diet Coke or Coke Zero (Coke Zero worked best)
A roll of Mentos
An index card to make a tube
A table

How to do the experiment:

Make a tube and fill the tube with a full pack of Mentos
Open and place the 2-liter bottle of Coke Zero on the ground or table outside
Place the tube of Mentos over the opening of the Coke Zero. Hold Mentos in with a finger and count down from 10 to 1
Release Mentos into the Coke Zero and watch it erupt!
Do it again and try Diet Coke or regular Coke or other cola brands
Have fun experimenting!