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My child is still a preschooler, but my goal has always been to ensure that she has the best education she can possibly have–and to get as early a start on that education as possible. I am blessed that she loves learning; each day she happily asks me what she will learn that day, and if I ask her first thing in the morning what she wants to do that day, she says, “Wearning ‘tivities!” I try to ensure that she works on her skills six days per week so that she will have little to no learning loss.
I had worked out a rough schedule before I found on Confessions of a Homeschooler the fantastic idea of a preschool daily learning notebook. I have found that this idea keeps her working so that I can handle some of the tasks I do in the mornings to keep our household running smoothly.
I used these items to create our daily learning notebook:
- A three-ring binder. I bought several packages of the clear view binders years ago at Office Depot when they were packaged 12 to a box for a reduced price. Check around, and you may find some inexpensively as well.
- Page protectors. I use these Avery page protectors. Crayola dry erase markers wipe easily off these, and they are just the right price to hold two sheets of paper per protector.
- Dry or wet erase markers. For my preschooler, I use Crayola dry erase markers. These wash off hands, clothing, and my table.
If you do not have the time to create your own daily learning notebook, you can print one online from several different web sites:
- Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Homeschool Creations
- Mama Jenn
- Motherhood on a Dime
- Our Aussie Homeschool
You can also create one, a la carte style, using whichever pages you choose from the resources above or from other resources you find online. I myself have chosen pages from the above resources and from others I have found online, some of which I will post later. I try to ensure that my preschooler practices at least letters, numbers, and shapes and documents the date and the weather each day. I have also created some of my own resources, which are free. Click here to access those. Finally, I have my preschooler work on some color popsicle stick puzzles each day; Sara in Shanghai offers the ones I am currently using.
One other suggestion: Download National First Font Dotted by Roger White or a similar dotted line font, and use it to type your child’s name in a word processing file. Print the page, insert it into a page protector, and have your child practice writing his or her name daily. You may also want to put your phone number, address, and other important information on the page at some point.
Do you use a daily learning notebook? What do you have in your child’s notebook? Have you found other printable notebooks online? Let me know in the comments!