One of the bonuses of homeschooling is being able to jump right in. When I taught preschool and kindergarten, it always seemed the first few weeks were getting to know the kids, settling into a routine, and assessments. Oh, assessments. A necessary but time consuming thing for every teacher with a class of young students. In order to know where to start and be able to measure how much kids have learned, you have to know where they are when they start. Homeschooling provides me with several advantages over classroom teachers. One being I don’t need to take time to do assessments as I already know exactly what he knows.
This post is mostly for my records, so I can look back in a few months and see how far he’s come. At the beginning of 3 Year Preschool, Snowflake knows:
- Almost all colors (still gets red and green confused and we are wondering about color blindness….)
- Shapes–circle, triangle, oval, square, rectangle, heart, star, cross
- How to count to 20 but skips 14 & 15
- How to count backward from 5
- Good one to one correspondence when counting objects
- No number recognition
- About 6 letters: m, y, u, o, i, x
- No sounds
- Many opposites
- How to follow 2 step directions
- Book awareness (front, back, left to right, etc)
- Can identify Michigan and Florida on a US map
- Can identify the US flag (thank you Olympics!)
He has great gross motor skills. He can run, jump, throw, balance… His fine motor skills are also pretty good; however, his pencil grasp is still at the level of an 18-24 month old. I’ve gotten some advice from some occupational therapists this summer and we will be working intently on improving this skill.
We will be working to increase his knowledge on all of the above plus more this year. I’m excited to see how much he learns as the year progresses.