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!
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!
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:
Busy books are a great way for preschoolers to learn both at home and on the go. Educating AMY sells the most adorable quiet books I've ever seen!
These handmade and heirloom quality 100% sewn cloth quiet books are made of high-quality cotton blend and OEKO-TEX® felt fabric.
The Little Farm Numeracy Quiet Book is the perfect quiet book for boys or girls.
The learning begins right from the start where preschoolers can practice threading a shoelace through the sun's rays. When you open it you'll discover a gorgeous orchard full of fruits and vegetables. It's a great way to teach your little about fruits and vegetables Sort the vegetables by where they come from, their name, or color; the possibilities are endless.
Turn the next page to discover a fruit truck with removable wheels and a cloud in the sky that moves as well along a string path. Let your little one practice their fine motor skills by buttoning and unbuttoning the wheel on an elasticated cord, eventually translating to buttoning, teaching them to button their own clothes!
On the final two pages, you'll discover a full shop, complete with cart, checkout, and market vendor, and a cute arcade game on the adjacent page!
Remove the cart and have the farmer doll from the front of the book buy products from the store. The book also comes with 12 $ pieces that can be used to pretend to purchase items in the store.
The front of the arcade game is a color matching game; move the buttons to the corresponding shape. When you open the arcade you'll find a magnetic fishing rod and lots of fun prizes that will attach to it. It's a really fun way to practice fine motor skills and concentration.
The back cover of the book has a zippered pocket for storing extra pieces.
We've had this book for a few weeks and my kids LOVE it! Even the 7-year-old has still played with it for long periods of time. She likes to take it to bed with her to play with until she's ready to fall asleep at night. It is superbly well-made and I'm confident will last for years and years.
Finally, I know what you're thinking, "with so many pieces, my child is bound to lose one or two." Well, Educating AMY will send out up to 5 replacement parts for FREE along with free shipping! How awesome is that?!
You will find so many great uses for this lacing bead kit! You can use it to practice colors, shapes, counting, sorting, patterns, following directions, and fine motor skills. My 3-year-old and 5-year-old have had a lot of fun with it (and to be honest, my 7-year-old really enjoys it too!). The beads are great in later years to use at math manipulatives.
This set has 300 colorful plastic beads and 6 laces onto which the beads can be strung. It comes in a sturdy storage case as well!
During the preschool years, we focus on about 95% of our education coming through play and living out life and about 5% through workbooks. Children at this age have a short attention span and won't want to sit at a table doing bookwork for very long. However, I have found that my preschoolers do love having some bookwork to do every day, especially if it's brightly colored and features graphics that they love.
School Zone is a great company to find quality workbooks for your preschoolers. They have workbooks that combine fun activities like mazes, sticker workbooks, scissor skills, and so much more. Pages offer just enough of a challenge to not exasperate children but still encourage them to expand their knowledge.
If you want to get an all-in-one preschool set you can use for your table work time, check out their new Jaz's Preschool Learning Pack. It combines workbook learning, an educational DVD, educational games, and flashcards. It comes with:
- Meet Jaz DVD (7 Full Episodes & 7 Short Videos of Charlie & Company) - Jaz’s Preschool 96-pg workbook with perforated pages and 2 sticker sheets - Game board on pack surface (uses press-out pieces and dice) - Write & Reuse™ Worksheet Sleeve - 36-card Quiz Card set (uses press-out pieces) - 1 set of game cards (28) - 2 early readers (1 fiction & 1 non-fiction) - 2 flash card sets (30+ in each) - 2 double-sided game boards/4 games - Press-out pieces (140+) - Removable zipper pouch for storing writing tools, scissors, and press-out pieces - Jumbo beginner pencil - Write & Reuse™ marker & eraser - Child-safe scissors - Parent Guide with tips for gameplay and use of Write & Reuse sleeve Kid-friendly carrying case for a usable surface area for activities and portable learning on the go
I don't know about you, but I vividly remember the bright, colorful rugs my kindergarten classroom had. I loved Circle Time!
KC Cubs offers a large variety of colorful, educational rugs that are perfect for your child's bedroom, schoolroom, or playroom. I got the USA map to go in our playroom. I'm excited knowing that my kids will look at this rug every day and it will help them to learn the names of our states and their locations as well.
KC Cubs rugs have latex rubber backing, low pile, and are fade and wear-resistant machine-made polypropylene. They come in a variety of sizes, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for your space.
Remember how I mentioned that play is a great way for preschoolers to learn? Well, Magformers is a STEM toy company that all of my preschoolers have really loved playing with! Magformers are perfect for brain development and critical thinking. Step-by-step educational idea booklet with follow-along ideas and instructions helps to teach little ones how to follow directions.
This adorable Town Ice Cream Shop Set includes 22 Pieces. 7 Squares, 2 Arches, 4 Sectors, 1 Rectangle, 1 Ice Cream Sign, 2 base plates, 1 Ice Cream block, 1 Mini Chair, 1 Mini Table, 1 Ice Cream Seller and 1 Wall Plate.
The game of chess has been found time and time again to be immensely beneficial to developing young minds. Chess has been shown to increase test scores, improve critical thinking, and help children problem solve and plan ahead.
However, teaching the game of chess to younger children has always been challenging...until now.
Story Time Chess makes the game of chess come alive, and the rules and strategy of the game are woven through fun and engaging stories.
Story Time Chess centers around custom chess pieces and a beautifully crafted storybook. Each chess piece has a unique story and purpose and is a character that becomes a part of the game. Learn about King Chomper and how he moves about his kingdom. See how Queen Bella rules her subjects and makes friends with the other characters. Children learn the concepts of chess in a fun way, enabling even young preschoolers to learn the game of chess.
Story Time Chess is a 2021 Toy of The Year People’s Choice Winner
Stick-O (from the makers of Magformers) is a fun and safe way to teach toddlers and preschoolers basic STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles. With this set, your child can build a car, racer, airplane and more!
Sometimes when I'm homeschooling my older children, I look for educational items I can give my preschool and toddler children to play with that don't require my help. I love the LeapFrog LeapStart Preschool Success for this very reason!
Whether I'm busy at home or driving on the road, I can give my preschoolers this educational toy from LeapFrog so he can practice letters, colors, numbers, ect. without needing my help!
This system grows with your child and gets them excited about learning with interactive touch-and-talk pages. Touch-and-talk activities that include games, puzzles and creative challenges enhance learning to help kids build math, reading, problem-solving skills and more. Scout & Friends Math With Problem-Solving and an additional activity book are included.
The expansive LeapStart library of books (sold separately) covers a variety of preschool through first grade subjects for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every book.
Many replayable activities have two levels with 50+ key skills per grade level, so kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. Included books are preloaded.
The easy-to-hold stylus is comfortable for kids of all ages and promotes proper writing grip. A computer with an internet connection is required to download additional books onto the LeapStart system.
Although I would love to be able to spend one-on-one time with my preschoolers all day long, that's just not possible. The Fire HD 10 Kids tablet is a great way for preschoolers to learn and have fun too!
My son Aram is 3 and he's really enjoyed learning with the Fire HD 10 Kids tablet. There are so many fun educational apps that have been helping him to learn shapes, colors, counting, and more. He loves that he can play apps that have his favorite characters like Mickey Mouse and Thomas the train.
The next-generation Fire HD 10 Kids made for ages 3-7 includes the Fire HD 10 tablet with a 10.1’ HD display, 32GB storage, and a 5MP rear-facing camera. It also comes bundled with a kid-proof case in new, more colorful designs plus a kickstand that doubles as a handle, a year of Amazon Kids+, and a two-year worry-free guarantee
Features of the Fire HD 10 Kids tablet for Preschoolers and Why We Love It So Much:
* Learning that feels like fun: With Amazon Kids+ on Fire tablets, kids get access to more than 20,000 popular educational apps, games, videos, books, and Audible books from kid's favorites. * Popular characters kids love and parents trust: Disney: Frozen, Moana, Star Wars, and Inside Out PBS Kids: Sesame Street, Arthur, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.: Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, and Dora the Explorer, Marvel: Spider-man, the Avengers, and Captain America * Amazon Originals: Just Add Magic, The Kicks, Thunderbirds are Go, Creative Galaxy, and Tumble Leaf, Harry Potter Book Series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ryan’s World Specials: Toon Tales
Have you heard of Learn First? It's a feature available from Amazon to use with their kids tablets. With Learn First, parents can block access to games and cartoons until after educational goals are met. For devices with the Bedtime feature enabled, parents can control when Amazon Kids shuts down for the day.
With the Amazon Parent Dashboard you can monitor your child's activity and manage settings that include adding content from your personal library, setting daily time limits, modifying web browser behavior, pausing the device, and more. We've used this feature extensively and love it!
Another thing I love about kids tablets from Amazon are their Age Filters. Amazon Kids Age Filters ensure that your child sees age-appropriate content within Amazon Kids+. Parents can also adjust Age Filter settings to tailor the experience for each child.
While in Amazon Kids+, kids don’t have access to social media and can’t make in-app purchases without parental approvals. Parents can exit Amazon Kids using a passcode.
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.)
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!
This is an amazing list of educational toys and games for little ones! I couldn't agree more with just letting them play.
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
Wednesday 1st of September 2021
Books are so important! Little kids, big kids, adults. Read to them.
Saturday 28th of August 2021
There are so many things to do. You have a great selection.
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