The smoke from all the fires is finally starting to clear out of our area, and the Oregon rain is moving back in. Our regularly scheduled events are back in motion and the start of our home school year has begun.
I could not be more excited to home school. It’s been so exciting planning out our daughter’s first year.
We’ve chosen a literacy-based style which will hopefully lay a positive and enjoyable foundation for her education. We plan on spending a lot of time reading and exploring outside with the exception of a few small segments of handwriting and math which we’ll sit at the table for.
To include my three-year old as much as possible, I decided I would make him his own binder to work through for those moments we are sitting around the table getting some structured work in.
So far, it’s working wonderfully.
We are almost a month into our schooling and he still grabs it every morning when Jovie heads to the table for her handwriting. And the best part is that he is learning as well!
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Now, I thought this was a brilliant idea until I made the first few pages, then I realized this was a much bigger task than I had anticipated. 😉
What I was thinking would take a few nap times turned into quite the project. A month later and some change…I finished it.
Although it took longer than I had anticipated, the end result was pretty pleasing. It turned out cute and my son loves it.
I made this folder with my three-year old in mind, as well as a few topics that I knew I would be covering with my preschooler this year.
The folder is organized with the easiest pages toward the beginning and then progressing to the back with more challenging topics like money and time.
When I sat down to make a list of the topics, I realized that the possibilities were endless. After much deliberation, I settled for the ones that would work best with my kiddos. The topics included are:
- Letter Recognition
- Vowel Sounds
- Numbers and Counting
- Phone Number
- Skip Counting
- The Five Senses
- Parts of a Flower
I really wanted this binder to withstand a three-year old boy. Therefore, I decided to laminate each page and use clear velcro to attach the movable pieces. (I used velcro tape for the larger pieces and used the velcro dots for the smaller pieces.)
Once again, a little more work upfront, but well worth it. Assembly materials used:
- 1.5 inch Three-Ring Binder
- Laminating Pouches
- Clear Velcro Tape
- Clear Velcro Dots
- Laminating Machine
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Lets be honest, every time I see this folder on my desktop I remember how much work went into this. Ha! If there is even one other mama that could use it, I feel like I could justify the time spent. 🙂
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