Q&A: What do you do with your preschoolers while you are teaching your older kids?


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A: As much as possible, I tried to keep my preschoolers in the same room or general area while we were doing school. During the summer, I would prepare special fun activities they could do to learn from while the others were doing their school. See Schooltime Activities for Preschoolers for a list of ideas we used

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Teaching Preschoolers With Older Kids ~ Preschool Thursday with Marilyn Boyer


Reading to the kidsWhen teaching preschoolers with older kids, I spent 10 minutes with my preschoolers while the older kids were picking up clutter and getting ready to begin school.

Halfway through the morning, the older kids had snack time and again I would spend 10 minutes with my preschoolers. When the morning was over, the older kids would assemble sandwiches for lunch and I again spent 10 minutes with my preschoolers.

Knowing they would have these 3 times during the morning of my undivided attention, made it easier for them to do other activities while I spent time teaching the older ones school.

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Oh Your Mark, Get Set… Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer


Thursdays-Preschool-activity-boxThis is the time of year I always prepared for my preschoolers “school” time.

I would cut shapes out of construction paper and fill a container for the little ones to “glue” down onto construction paper using glue sticks. I would also gather objects for the kids to trace.

I bought special markers and notebooks, construction paper and supplies, puzzles, flannel graphs, Do-a-Dots, etc.

These items went into a box or special place in the closet and used ONLY during “school time” each day.

I would change their activities often, before they tired of playing with them so the next time we got it out, they had the anticipation of more fun.

We have a large list of suggestions for School time Activities for Preschoolers on our website.

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Looking For A Prepackaged Education? ~ Mondays with Marilyn


Mondays-w-Marilyn-booksWe tend to assume that schools have figured out the perfect course of study that everyone needs to know to prepare them to be successful adults.

Isn’t there a store of information every child needs to know?  No. Sure, there are skills everyone needs, but God has created each person to be unique.

Instead of blindly assuming the curriculum writers know what is best for my child, I must learn to individualize their curriculum.

By studying their passions and desires you can begin to see how God created each one.

As you learn to understand your child, you can learn to cooperate with God to individualize their learning plan.



Nature Studies – Diligence ~ Preschool Thursdays


Thursdays-Preschool-AntsTeach your little one life lessons from the ant.

One of my sons delighted in crushing up saltine crackers on the front porch and watching as the ants would come in force to carry the crumbs off to their home.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6

What a great opportunity to discuss diligence. God made the ants diligent.

We can learn from them and choose wisely.





Whatsoever Things Are True ~ Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer


Thursdays-Preschool-BewareBeware of teaching things to your preschooler that are not true.

So much of the Bible could be hard to believe. I decided early on that I would not teach my kids fairy tales, Greek myths, or untruths, but only what was true so they could trust my words.

Let Philippians 4:8 be your guide.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.