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Homeschool Preschool Years

Are you ready to start homeschooling your preschooler? I have six children and I’m currently homeschooling 5 out of 6 of them. The youngest is only 1 year old, so a bit too young to start homeschool. If you’re looking for tips and recommendations about how to homeschool preschool children, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share all of my favorite resources and tips and tricks to get you started out right! Whether you plan to homeschool for K-12 or just for the preschool years, homeschooling your preschool student is a great way to begin a lifelong love of learning!

Homeschooling Preschoolers - preschool boy threading beads

Most Important Homeschooling Preschool Tip

The one thing I would encourage you to do most is to let your child play. Play is so important to their development and believe it or not, they learn SO MUCH through playing! Let them be little. Let them explore. Let them get messy. Let them get bored. Let them be a kid!

Don’t Try to Do Too Much

When you do sit down to have more formal educational time with your preschooler, don’t push them. You don’t want to set them up from the start feeling like school is boring, tedious, and too hard. A preschool child has a short attention span. That’s okay!

Play-Based Learning

I know I said already that playing is important. It’s important for your child to have playtime that you have not structured. Let them play what they want. However, you can also easily use playtime to teach your preschooler.

For example, maybe you are sitting on the floor playing with trains. My son has a number of little wooden trains from the Thomas and Friends lineup and when we play with his trains, I frequently use that as a time to discuss the trains’ colors and the numbers on the engines as well. When we are outside, I talk about trees by their type “see these pinecones, they fell off of this pine tree.”

There are endless ways to use playtime as a teaching time. Be creative!

Read, Read, and Read Some More

It is so important to read to your child(ren). It’s my experience that preschoolers love having quality picture books read to them. We go to the library on a weekly basis to check out fun new books and love to sit in our living room together reading every day. Look for the classics to read but feel free to try some of the new release books too. Some of our favorite books are:

My kids love the Berenstain Bears. If you’re a Christian, make sure you check out this list of faith-based Berenstain Bears books.

Here is a list of some of my current favorite homeschooling preschool resources.

Homeschool Preschool Years Resources

We have these items at home for homeschooling my preschoolers and have really found them to be beneficial!

Learning Through Screentime

Do you allow screentime for your preschooler? We try not to have a TON of screentime but I do allow it and find it to be beneficial for my preschoolers. Some of our favorite things to watch for educational content are:

  • The Magic Schoolbus (I like the old version and check out DVDs from our library.)
  • Wishbone (If you search YouTube you can find most of the episodes available there.)
  • Mr Demaio (He’s a teacher who makes funny videos that he shares on YouTube. The kids love him!)
  • Liberty Kids (I check out DVDs for this from our library.)
  • Sesame Street

Whether you plan to homeschool all the way through 12th grade or just for the preschool years, you will love having this special time with your preschool child!

Amber Ludwig

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Homeschool is 100% not for me. I learned that quickly during the covid shut down. But I sure wish it was! Cuz play based learning and life skill learning is SO important!

Lauryn R

Thursday 16th of September 2021

This is an amazing list of educational toys and games for little ones! I couldn't agree more with just letting them play.

gloria patterson

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I am going to share this with my niece. My great niece missed pre k by two weeks on her birth date. T hey have decided to do home schooling with her this year

Sarah L

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Books are so important! Little kids, big kids, adults. Read to them.

Peggy Nunn

Saturday 28th of August 2021

There are so many things to do. You have a great selection.