How Do I Teach After School: What to Teach

How Do I Teach After School: What to Teach


Welcome to Day One of “How Do I Teach After School” this is part of the How Do I Teach series.

How Do I Teach After School: What to Teach

Something to keep in mind is that I do have a preschooler and Kindergarten that I do schooling with during the day that may or may not be included in the after school session. How do you know what to teach? Well most times I don’t. I have to look at find out what they need to know. I hope to cover some of the ways I find my information on what to teach the girls. I also spend time researching subjects.

First Ask Their Teachers

I ask their teachers what they are going to be learning. Most times they are nice enough to provide something for you. I try and get a monthly emails from the teachers if I can about what they are learning. I pick over the new letters that come home for all information. I make notes in my planner as they come in to make changes as they might be needed. Some times I just go with what I have planned and change very little or just add something extra to make sure it is covered.

Second Look Into Books

I love having hands on information. A new book for me this year will be The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition). I have got it from the library a few times and wrote down lots of notes. But I will be buying this book before the school starts so I can have the reference on hand when I want it. Yes I do look at these books a lot.

How Do I Teach After School: What to Teach

For the past 6 years I have used these books as great guides for me: What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series), What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Revised and updated): Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge Series), What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series), and What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series)

What you are going to find inside is a variety of things based on age. I have love these books. They give me something to work and build off. History, songs, reading writing, science and so much more. It gives me ideas to do with my girls and see what happens. When the girls wanted to learn about History and I read through the sections and picked out some that would work for all three and some for just the older grades.

In those books was where I read about BOB Books for the first time. They also gave me ideas for some of my first packs that I wanted to have to go with our studies.

Another book I’ll be looking at this year for my preschool is Ready for Kindergarten!: From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep. This is by Deborah J. Stewart. She blogs at Teach Preschool. It covers a lot of what you need to get to kindergarten and covers all the important skills. I’ll be using ideas from here for the preschool after school activities.

Third Look at Homeschool Curriculum Choices

I look at homeschool curriculum choices and reviews. Many homeschoolers will give you good reviews of various products that are available and what age level they are for. They will often post or have information about free products as well. After people start posting what they are going to see look around and see what you can find. Some will post free stuff as well as stuff they have bought.

Fourth Follow Teachers on Pinterest

Teachers are great to follow on Pinterest. I will follow a of them and homeschoolers. I can find ideas of various types and sort them by categories on my pinterest boards. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what is available. Searching by subject or theme is a great way to find some new ideas.

I hope you enjoyed day one of How Do I Teach After School!

Day 2: School Set Up
Day 3: Finding Materials
Day 4: Setting a Routine
Day 5: Scheduling the Year

Please keep in mind this post is my personal experience and might not work for your family. Keep in mind that you do what works best for you.

Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com

About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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19 Responses to How Do I Teach After School: What to Teach

  1. Momofthree says:

    Thanks for the tips! I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I don’t know many moms in person who teach outside of school and many of the other moms I know think I am crazy for it but I love to teach them and they tell me they like it too:) It is nice to see how someone else is making it work.

    • Cassie says:

      I don’t think you are crazy at all! I love teaching my girls and we often do different activities than people think. Learning with them is also fun.

  2. Ashley says:

    I have had people comment on after schooling, and I guess I understand the thought, but I would worry the kids would be bored. I am anxious to see how someone puts it into action!

    • Cassie says:

      The idea is to always have it be fun! Something different that school. I never try and repeat what school is just have it be fun and learning at the same time.

  3. We have a lot of those books too. I like how you mentioned to follow teachers on Pinterest. I have seen so many great ideas out there!

    • Cassie says:

      Teachers have some of the best resources out there. I love being able to follow them and see what they are looking for and pinning.

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  7. Melinda says:

    I’ve been looking for some information on what a preschooler should know. My daughter is only 10 months old so I have some time, but I will definitely check that book out so I will be well-equipped.

  8. Julie says:

    These are great tips. My top recommendation would be to focus on reading, writing and math. The basics help kids to do anything and the easiest way is to just read to them.

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  10. Natalie says:

    This is a great post! I am also “afterschooling”. My daughter is quite ahead, so I mostly base our very informal mini-lessons on what interests her and always try to weave more math in. I myself was educated in Europe and surprised to see how here a lot more emphasis is placed on language arts than it is on math.

    • Cassie says:

      I weave lots of fun things into the activities when I can. The girls love to learn and have something different to work on.

  11. What awesome resources! I was looking for things to work on with my son after school.

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