I was looking at the confessions of a homeschooler posts about her letter of the week curriculum. Ummm....wow. It looks like a ton of stuff. Does anyone really do that much in a week with a preschooler? I looked at her recent ones & it looks like 20 or so activities.
I do like 1 activity with my 2.5 year old per day, if that, (& it's all play based or a short art type activity) & I felt like I was doing 'enough' - and then i saw her posts!!!
You are doing plenty. I didn't start till about 4 years old. Starting at 3 we would mostly just read and do fun activities at the table. We started with 5 minutes at a time and gradually increased the time. I think most Of those activities are more for you to pick and chose.
I use stuff from COAH, Reading Through The Alphabet, and Raising Rockstars for my two pre-k kids. One is 4 yrs old and one is 8 (has moderate mental retardation). Of course the 4 yr old is not legally required to do school, but the 8 yr old is. I used a 6 day plan for each letter, but it might take us 2 weeks to complete everything because I don't like to push- once we start having trouble focusing and behavioral issues, we take a break once we finish our activity. At 2 I didn't do anything formal, we started at 3 only because my son asked. :)
Last year when my youngest was 2 she wanted to do what the big kids were doing so she did circle with us (weather, pledge, calendar). Then I printed out worksheets and she scribbled.
This year we are doing a version of the letter of the week curriculum. She looks at the letter does a few cut and glues, helps make a snack, and colors a picture. We also go over a poem everyday (the same one). Oh and we do a shape. That is a week worth of learning.
My 4 year old does school with her and then we practice reading some words. I do need to add in some writing for him, though.
Everything they do is if they want to or not. I also am starting busy bags so it is not all "Ok you do not want to do school? Go watch TV."
Though they are going to start watching signing time when they choose not to do school. Next year we will all study sign language. This year my oldest is studying Spanish.
I think she gives a lot of options, but I don't think she actually does ALL of them for each letter/topic. It would get pretty boring doing the same activities for every letter, so I'd imagine she just uses some of them each time.