Are you wondering how to do preschool at home? Below you will find a comprehensive list of my favorite preschool resources, tips and thoughts on how to homeschool your preschool student. I’ll share what I have used in years past, my favorite resources for a preschooler and also what I plan on using this upcoming school year.
How do you homeschool a preschooler?
I have a little secret for you… there is no right or wrong way to teach a preschooler! This age is my favorite to begin learning because they soak up anything you present to them like tiny little sponges. Each pre-k child is so different when it comes to what they’re ready to learn. As a mom to 7, this will be my fifth year working with a pre-K aged child. Some of my children haven’t had any interest in wanting to learn along with their older siblings, and others have been itching to have their own “school work”. You know your child best! If your child shows zero interest in wanting to learn, that is more than okay! And if you have a child who is hungry to learn at this age, jump in and have fun with them! Below I’ll share some of my favorite resources and books that I have used with my pre-k age children through the years.
*Throughout this post I’ve included some photos of my kids as preschoolers throughout the years. They’re not the best quality of photos, but they sure are some sweet memories of those times. I hope seeing them is an encouragement to you as you lean into loving on and helping your preschooler grow this upcoming year.
Let go of the pressures that they have to know everything by a certain time. Soak them up. Enjoy the funny things they say, curl up next to them and cuddle while you read, love on them extra this year. Each day is such a gift with these precious children. Enjoy them and this fun year ahead!
What do you focus on with a preschooler?
Again, every preschool student is different. Which means they can all be learning things at completely different times. Don’t worry if your young child doesn’t know their letters, shapes or colors. I have had every single one of my kids learn these things at different times. The Lord made each one of our children so uniquely different. Enjoy who they were made to be and don’t focus on comparing them to what a list says they need to know.
The beauty of working on preschool activities at home is that you can focus on what interests them the most! Preschool is essentially focusing on skills that will lay the groundwork for their future education. My favorite ways to work with a preschooler are learning through reading, playing, singing and crafting. A few things you can focus on with the preschool age are:
- Learning their colors
- Learning their shapes
- Learning the letters of the alphabet
- Learning how to count
All the Reading!
Reading out loud to your preschooler is one of the best ways that you can begin learning in your home!
Reading out loud to your child helps them to expand their vocabulary, develop strong literacy skills, grow their imagination and can be such a special time spent with YOU!
Below are a few of our favorite pictures books that make for a fun story time!
All the Playing!
Simply letting your child play is a very important part of their childhood and early learning development. They learn so much through the simple act of playing. How to imagine, how things work, how to share, how to build, how to move their bodies around, how to figure things out… the list goes on.
The best part about being a mama to a preschooler is that we get the privilege of setting them up with all sorts of fun play environments. Giving your child the freedom to play and be a child is one of the best gifts you can give them.
A few fun ways that your preschooler can learn through play are:
- Arts and crafts
- Outdoor Play
- Dress up
- Play Kitchen
Below are a few fun toys and resources for your child to learn and play with:
Educational Workbooks and Printables
Every child is so different. While I mainly focus on reading and playing for preschool, I have had a few of my children who LOVED having their own “school books” to open alongside their older siblings. The majority of the time I would print off a few coloring alphabet pages and they would work on those while I worked with their older siblings.
Over the past year I have received numerous requests for workbooks specifically for preschool age.
We are kicking off the preschool workbooks with an ALPHABET WORKBOOK that you can get on
WEDNESDAY (July 22nd). Make sure to check the blog for the link to it.
We will also be releasing a Color Workbook, Shapes Workbook and Number Workbook as well in the coming weeks!
The Alphabet Workbook will help your child to identify each letter of the alphabet, practice each letter’s sound and also write each letter!