Years ago, I felt like an awful parent as I didn’t send my boys TO preschool. The cost of sending them to a program just was not in our budget. Instead, we did activities at home and through library programs. Somehow they all ‘survived’ and are learning in their own environments now. J is currently preschool age and we’ve been rather laid back about what he’s learning. Recently, we heard about Chalk Preschool, a free online resource for parents that presents the basics for preschool learning. So, I just had to check it out.
Chalk Preschool ~ Getting Set Up
Establishing a FREE account with Chalk Preschool is super easy. Scroll down a little on the main page and you’ll see this on the left hand side. Check out the overview of their preschool curriculum.
Click on the button and you’ll be prompted to establish a parent account.
Within minutes you’ll be seeing the confirmation screen and be ready to get started.
Chalk Preschool ~ Our Experience
We’ve only been using the program for a few days, but J loves having his more structured preschool time. While the bulk of the program is delivered through online videos, there are some printable pages as well as activities to complete (e.g. art projects) that the child can do after going through the days videos. No special supplies are needed!
When you log in and select your child, you are delivered to the particular room for their age. J’s 4 and was placed in the Orange Room.
You can elect to have the videos play in succession or go through them on your own. The segments are all super short and the entire process would take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Some of the videos are animated and others have real preschool teachers doing the things preschool teachers do which includes lots of singing. There are songs to help them learn the months of the year, days of the week, the alphabet and more.
Each day there are different pages available to print. Kids are encouraged to keep running ‘charts’ for the weather and temperature and some printables have to do with the letter of the day.
So far, J is loving this special time with Mom by his side. I plan to use Chalk Preschool for as long as he remains interested. That doesn’t mean we won’t still do lots of fun hands-on activities or read a variety of books. But, it is sometimes nice to have a ‘teacher’ that isn’t mom help the kids learn. With Chalk Preschool, I can get the preschool lesson plans without abdicating my own role as a homeschooling mother.
How do you approach preschool in your house?
What are some of the fun activities your preschool child enjoys?