Preschool should be a fun and stress-free experience for both you and your child.
For our preschool homeschool curriculum, we continued to build on previously learned skills, aiming to keep things fun and engaging. At this stage, most kids can’t sit still for long, so we followed our child’s cues and did most of our learning through play.
Below is a snapshot of our Preschool Homeschool Curriculum. Hopefully, this will give you some insight as you build your own curriculum for your child.
Just a Disclaimer: I am not a teacher by trade, nor do I claim to be. The following are just ideas and tips that were useful for our family and that other mamas might enjoy, as well. If you are curious as to why we decided to homeschool our kids, you can read about it here.
The first building block to reading is teaching your child how to recognize their letters, both upper and lower-case. We love to use magnetic letters, foam letters, sensory letters, etc.
When teaching letters, it is also a good idea to say the phonetic sounds. This helps to start laying down the foundation for reading.
As my child became more comfortable and familiar with his letters, he would start to pick them out everywhere. Whether out and about, or around the house, he would constantly be pointing out the letters he saw.
To date, teaching my child to write has been my greatest homeschool challenge. He struggled with learning how to hold a pencil properly. My method for success was just to place the pencil in his hand and gently correct his form whenever necessary. Once your child is comfortable holding a pencil, I suggest printing out letters and having them practice tracing.
My child enjoyed using toys or other small objects for counting. This makes things more fun and keeps your child engaged. Board books with numbers are also a great tool for helping your child recognize numbers.
Point out the number and have your child count the objects in the picture. You want to teach your child not only verbalize the number, but also recognize the number, as well.
Another great tool, like with letters, is to print out pictures of numbers and have your child practice tracing them with their finger or a pencil.
Finally, we love the Montessori tool called a “hundred board”. This is a wonderfultool for teaching your child numbers and their proper locations. We also use this for skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, etc. It is an affordable and durable homeschooling tool that has numerous applications for teaching math.
COLORS & SHAPES
Teach your child to recognize basic colors and shapes. As they become more comfortable, start incorporating basic patterns as well. Use whatever tools and objects you have on hand, and have your child practice completing the simple patterns.
Pinterest is the homeschooling mom’s best friend and has a plethora of great project ideas for any age and skill level. Science experiments and projects are a great tool to teach new concepts and ideas. They are fun, engaging and also help improve your child’s fine motor skills. A win-win!
Spend a few minutes each day teaching your child common Bible stories. Children’s Bibles are filled with pictures, like regular storybooks, which helps keep your child interested.
Also, pick several short, Bible verses to teach your child throughout the year. Memorization is an important skill for your child to learn. Keep it simple and focus on one Bible verse a month, remembering to constantly go back and review previously learned verses. By the end of the school year, your child will have several Bible verses under their belt to recite independently.
LOTS OF TIME SPENT READING, PLAYING & EXPLORING
At this point, school should be secondary. Your child should spend endless hours playing at the park, interacting with other kids and using their imagination to play pretend. Also, get in the habit of reading your child tons of books, encouraging them to grow a love for reading that lasts a lifetime.
Keep school light and fun, continually building on previously learned skills. That is the beauty of homeschooling. Let your child guide you, as you guide your child in learning. If they are having an off day, there is no harm in regrouping and trying again tomorrow.
Enjoy the process of homeschooling your child, allowing them the freedom to grow and learn through exploration and play.