Nah, don't do kindergarten early, wait on it. If you were to do K early, then you'd end up doing 1st early too, which might be okay, but after that you've got a really young 2nd grader who just isn't ready for all that work.hollybygolly wrote:Hi there...we plan to start using MFW next September shortly after my twins turn 5. Currently, we do light preschool stuff. They really want to do and learn more and I'm wondering what anyone recommends to enhance preschool. We read, do puzzles, play dollhouse all day long! Thanks for any help! Holly
Sounds like you are doing so much terrific "school." You might want to consider trips to the zoo, fire station, museum, etc. Some preschool moms like Kindermusik and similar classes but they DO cost a lot. It would be easy to come up with a once a week music "class" where you get a box of instruments (could be as simple as a plastic Easter egg with uncooked rice or dried beans inside and all of it taped shut with packing tape) and play music (check the library for cool kids CDs).
And, don't forget the library for story time.
Make puppets, act out Bible stories, play in a dishpan of soapy water (my preschoolers always liked to "wash dishes" and I'd give them clean spoons, whisks, plastic plates, spatulas, etc.) The table (and the child) would get soaked, the dishes would get soapy, but it was fun.
Boys this age like to play in the sandbox, but another option (for rainy days) is to get a shallow but big plastic container with a lid (ours measures about 9 X 13 X 3 deep). Fill it halfway with cornmeal or grits and lots of little Hot Wheels (look for construction type vehicles) and you have an instant indoor sandbox. Keep a Dustbuster handy.
MFW sells really neat Lauri toys that preschoolers like.
Make up a story and illustrate it. Or, make a Bible story book. Use stickers or markers.
Go on a hike with a digital camera and when you get home print the pictures and make a scrapbook page or a little storybook.
Dictate letters to grandma.
Count things. Sort things. Learn to play war (but skip the face cards).
Plant some seeds.
Just some ideas.