After working for over a decade with 3 and 4-year-old children, I have to say that preschool is my favourite age to teach. Preschoolers are easy to inspire and learning is exciting for them.
Are you headed into this new preschool year unsure of what to plan for your child? Here are some tips and suggestions for how to prepare to homeschool your preschooler!Make this preschool year a memorable one! Check out these tips to #homeschool your preschooler. Click To Tweet
SELECT A CURRICULUM.
One of the most overwhelming parts of planning to homeschool preschool is often selecting a curriculum. There are so many fabulous resources available and often parents don’t know which teaching tools to choose.
Here are some preschool curriculum choices that we have enjoyed:
- Five in a Row (Volume 1) If your children love stories, this is a fabulous literacy-based curriculum.
- 10 months of FREE preschool curriculum by Deliberate Homeschooling
- Reading Eggs is an online program for children 3-13! Sign up for Reading Eggs – Free 4 Week Trial!
- Playing Term: Preschool Morning Time Plans (10 weeks of pre-made plans)
MAKE A PLAN.
Regardless of style or educational philosophy, every homeschooler needs a plan of what they want their year to look like. Here are some resources to help you plan a great year for your child:
- How to Plan for a New Homeschool Year
- Organized Homeschool Planning
- How to Create the Ultimate Homeschool Planning Retreat
LEAVE TIME FOR PLAY.
Preschoolers need large blocks time for free play. As you begin to map out your educational objectives for the year, make sure to set aside plenty of time for play.
You can also plan how you’ll inspire free play. Maybe you set up a small learning provocation or a dramatic play area. Here are some articles to help you plan for play:
The most important thing you can do for your preschooler is read… a lot! Choose books that are going to inspire learning and deeper conversation. You can find book recommendations from various places on the internet, but one of my favourite literacy resources is the Living Books List found on Amy Lynn Andrews’ website.
I like to use picture books to teach my children. Here’s an article which highlights how to create your own literacy-based curriculum.
EXPLORE YOUR COMMUNITY.
Use this opportunity to explore everything your community has to offer. From businesses, to the people who work and live in your neighbourhood, there’s loads of information for your child to learn!
What’s your local library like? Introduce yourself to your mail carrier. Visit the post office. Bring bottles to the bottle depot. Go for a community walk. Explore local nature areas. Do you have a community garden you can visit? Do your neighbours have interesting careers? Is there a local business that will give your child a tour?
SELECT HIGH QUALITY LEARNING MATERIALS.
Preschoolers learn a lot from the materials they use. Carefully select high-quality materials for your preschool program. I recently shared an article about our favourite homeschool materials. You can also check out these suppliers / products:
- Nest (beautiful Waldorf-inspired materials)
- Deluxe Alphabet / Word Card Set (created by Deliberate Homeschooling)
As you can see, planning your preschool year doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are plenty of resources available! If you need more inspiration, make sure to check out my other related article, How to Set Up an Awesome Preschool Program.
Psst – Do you need a place to document all of your homeschool plans? Check out my Deluxe Homeschool Planner. It’s good for all ages/grades. Plus, since it’s undated, all you have to do is get it once and use it always!