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Preschool 21Daysof Preschool Fun! JoyceHerzog Preschool
21 Days of Preschool Fun!
Daysathomewithpreschool- erscanseemlongandtiring, buttheseideasaresureto bringasmiletoyourfaceas
your little ones jump and enjoy twenty-one fun activities.
First let’s think about what kinds of
things children of preschool age can do
independently. The youngest preschoolers
(and knock them down!), pour, fill, put
in place (large, separated puzzle pieces).
They can put things in order (from small
to large or a number of objects from 1 to
5). Why do we call them toddlers? Because they quickly toddle away. Engage
these little ones in cuddles and one-on-one play first; they’ll soon wander a way
and find their own fun. Make sure there
are enticing, safe toys available for them.
Most older preschoolers (ages 3–5)
are ready for much more learning!
They’ll be developing skills such as
speaking, drawing, tracing, coloring,
copying, writing, counting, building,
jumping, riding, and cutting and pasting. They seem to absorb information
in a flash and love repeating it frequently. Let’s fill their lives with wholesome
sounds, sights, and activities.
It is important to stock your home
with supplies to pull out in a moment
to keep those little ones busy. Some
possibilities are blocks, beads, puzzles,
counters, beanbags, play dough, and
preschool books. Don’t keep all of those
things in sight all the time! Have a cup-
board that you alone can access; keep it
closed in a childproof way so that you
can get in quickly but the little ones
cannot. You may prefer to have five
to seven “daily boxes” or large, lid-
ded containers that hold a variety of
playthings. Stack them in a corner and
shuffle through them day by day. Once
a month, shuffle the contents and add a
new toy to keep the fun fresh.
Now that you have a strong activity
base, let’s get on to 21 FUN times.
1. Water Play is a wonderful joy for
most children; enjoy it at bath-time year-
round, or use a small dish of water or
even a pool outdoors on a summer day.
Keep careful watch on the children if
they are in water deeper than an inch!
They’ll enjoy plastic spoons, pitchers,
squeezy toys, sponges, and containers of
all sizes. Keep the room warm and stay
near while the little ones splash, squeeze,
pour, and enjoy.
By Joyce Herzog
Dads—TheMostImportant-est Homeschoolers Todd Wilson Dads—The Most Important-est Homeschoolers
By Todd Wilson
Show me a homeschooling mom
who seems refreshed and enjoys
homeschooling, and I’ll show you a
woman whose husband is involved
and doing his job.
Ihatetobethebearerofbadnews,Dad, butyourwifewhohasjustbeensmiling alotthesepastsummermonthsisabout
emotionally distressed homeschooling mom
who may often burst into tears for no apparent
reason, may walk around mumbling “Everyone
else puts their kids in school and they seem to
be doing okay,” and may seem about as fun as a
You should receive some comfort knowing
that neither you nor your wife is alone. In fact,
many homeschool moms hit the first day of
school with optimistic joy only to be hopelessly
stuck in the mire of the homeschool year by
about the third day.
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