Starting your child’s learning experience at home might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the earlier you start teaching your kids, the better they will do in the long run. Giving them an early start to the education they will need in life means starting around the age of pre-school. Starting homeschool at preschool can be an overwhelming change though for you and your little one, but it doesn’t have to be. These 8 must haves for preschool homeschool will help you make the transition to learning easy and help you get them ready for Kindergarten.
8 Must Haves for Preschool Homeschool Curriculum
Board Games – For preschoolers, learning absolutely has to be made fun and what better way to do that with a board game? Games like Apples to Apples and even Chutes & Ladders all teach them in a way that they will stay engaged and happy with.
Flash Cards – Flash cards for things like number recognition and the alphabet are a great addition to any preschool homeschool. You can make games out of them and help your little ones learn as they have fun; just like with board games.
Art Supplies – Those coloring pages and crayons aren’t just for fun. They’re for learning too! Stock your homeschool supplies with alphabet and number coloring books, shapes and fun workbooks to help your little one learn.
Videos – Preschoolers have short attention spans so a long, drawn out homeschool curriculum is likely to cause a mini-meltdown. Instead, supplement with videos that teach as well as entertain. Videos like Blues Clues, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Wallykazam, and Preschool Prep are all fantastic ideas and your little one will think so too.
Music – Dance your cares away and help your preschooler learn while you’re at it. Dancing is great physical activity and if you make up your own lyrics, you can teach with songs too.
Books – Books should be a mainstay in your preschool homeschool curriculum. Usborne Books, National Geographic for Little Kids and a ton of other authors and companies all make fantastic teaching books for preschoolers. Pick and choose based on what you want your preschooler to learn about at the time and you’re well on your way. Just be sure that you read to them on a regular basis such as reading a story every night before bed and in the morning when they wake up. You’ll also want to let them explore the books on their own throughout the day though.
Play-Doh – Play-doh is more than just a toy. I can remember being in Kindergarten and using it to learn. Help your preschooler learn their ABC’s by spelling out their name in dough, to learn how to spell their name the same way and more. The possibilities are actually endless. Use it to teach shapes, letters, numbers and so much more!
Since you’re letting a preschooler play with it, you may want to consider using an edible play-doh recipe instead of the stuff in the stores. I know it’s supposed to be non-toxic, but it’s better to play safe than sorry.
LEGO – LEGO is amazing for teaching. You can help them learn shapes and let them explore their creative side. If you’re concerned about your preschooler using the smaller LEGO pieces, give them the larger MegaBloks instead. They’re made for little hands and they’re made much too large to swallow.
What are you must haves for teaching preschool?