I can’t even begin to believe that January is just about over. Needless to say, we have a lot of catching up to do. There was a whole lot of life happening this month and no where near as much homeschooling.
We also switched things up a bit, so… I’ll be talking more about that sometime soon. In the meantime, we’ve definitely been loving our Dinosaur Dig theme for this month. There are so many awesome activities in each and every lesson.
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This week, we spent some time working on puzzles. I love that each month we get a new puzzle from Mother Goose Time that goes with our theme. And did you know that puzzles are of course awesome for encouraging lots of skills that are all kinds of important for little kids? Here’s a list of five reasons we love puzzles in our preschool homeschool. Check it out!
Fine Motor Skills – Fine motor skills are the backbone of handwriting and so many other things that we do as a part of our day-to-day lives. Feeding yourself and dressing yourself both rely on fine motor skills. And manipulating small puzzle pieces is an excellent way to build those skills.
Increase Attention – Puzzles are just one example of an activity that involves focus. The more we work on these types of tasks, the easier it gets for us to focus our attention for increasingly longer periods of time.
Problem Solving Skills – How exactly do the pieces fit together to create a picture? After all, that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Critical thinking and problem solving skills are something that will serve us well throughout our entire lives.
Reinforce Concepts – One of the first puzzles that I got for the little guy was a wooden alphabet puzzle. And these days, the word puzzles that we get each month in our preschool curriculum kit definitely accomplish the same thing. We’re reinforcing what we’ve learned thru puzzles and games.
Build Confidence – I remember the very first time that the little guy managed to put together his wooden alphabet puzzle. He was so proud of himself. And I definitely was too. After all, he worked really hard on that puzzle.
Like I said, there are so many reasons why we love puzzles in our preschool homeschool. These are just a few of them. Feel free to share why you love puzzles in the comments.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Dinosaur Dig theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.
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