8/19/17

HOMESCHOOLING FOR PRESCHOOL


Preschool is such a fun age and I really think it might be one of my favorite stages with my little ones. It's always a little bittersweet that they're no longer babies, but then they are learning  so much everyday and just absorbing the world around them. It's such a joy to be a part of that! Much of the preschool experience is continuing to develop those fine motor skills through playful activities. Children love becoming more independent - or as my Eleanor says "I do it myself!" and that can be as simple as stacking blocks, doing puzzles, sorting by colors and shape, learn to cut and fold. Our preschool homeschool years are typically filled with lots of songs, reading to them, learning their letters and numbers, exploring and playing. I truly do believe that the main focus for young children should be play.







I'm a big fan of Montessori style learning for the younger years and we incorporate that into a lot of our homeschooling. Montessori has more of a child-led learning style that focuses on order and self responsibility and I've found my little ones just thrive with that. They are free to chose which activities they want to work on, then complete the activity and put it away afterwards. It might seem simple, but when there are several kids getting flashcards and counting blocks out at the same time, it's really nice for them to each find their own little space and them pick up after themselves. I'll do a whole separate post next week on how we use Montessori in our home!


One of the biggest questions for homeschoolers of course is what curriculum to use. And especially with preschool, you may still be considering which style of education is best for you and your child. And that's okay, preschool can be informal and a time to experiment. I've written some basics about how to get started with homeschooling here and also a few things I love about homeschooling. I've also put together this guide with some of my favorite curriculum recommendations for preschool. 



Montessori Numerals - these are great wooden numerals for preschoolers, they can work on counting skills by matching each number with the correct number of counters and put them in order.

Explode The Code Primers - I love Explode The Code for early childhood literacy. The primers are perfect for little ones who are still learning to draw straight lines and recognize letters and sounds.

Flashcards - my favorite brands for these are Bendon or A+ and you can often find them in the Target dollar spot or learning supply stores. I love the simple Shapes & Colors and Telling Time cards. 

What Your Preschooler Needs To Know - I'm a big fan of this series of books by E.D. Hirsch. I recommend it to all new homeschooling parents! Each grade level provides a basic foundation for the year in each of the core subjects. The format is easy to follow and the preschool book is filled with informal lessons, rhymes, stories, and simple concepts for preschoolers. 

Summer Bridge Activity Books - Summer Bridge are some of my favorite general work books for little ones. The pages aren't too busy or crazy (some of the workbooks out there are just plain overwhelming and ugly) and they cover a bit in all the core subjects.

Books To Build On - a great reference book for any homeschooling parent, with book recommendations for every age level.

Wooden Pencils - these are my favorite natural wood pencils by Dixon but I also love these half-size pencils for little ones. 

Kumon Numbers 1-30 Workbook - a great workbook for learning to recognize and write numbers

Pencil Grips - I love pencil grips to help my littles ones learn how to hold their pencils. I found that the new standard ergonomic ones were too big for my preschoolers so I've used the old fashioned triangular grips. This school supply store has a great selection!

Bob Books - my favorite series for beginning readers. The alphabet set is a great place to start.

Alphabet Flashcards - these alphabet flash cards are simple and cute!


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2 comments

  1. Tasha PetersonAugust 27, 2017

    Going to check all of these out, we're starting home school this year!

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  2. I need to get those flash cards!

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