One of our goals this year is to homeschool Conner for 3 Year Pre-K. The truth is, I have zero desire to homeschool my kids but since we do not have the room in our budget to send Conner to private pre-k, we decided that homeschooling him was the best option. We do not want Conner to be behind when he enters Pre-K and as such, the hubs and I put together our own preschool homeschool curriculum.
This was not as easy as we thought it would be. There are so many preschool homeschool curriculum’s that you can purchase, “Preschool in a Box” that we were so lost on what we actually needed to be teaching our son. After speaking with one of my best friends who is a former preschool teacher and doing hours and hours of research we decided that we were way overthinking this whole thing.
Preschool is meant to be fun and learning through play. Therefore, we decided to give structure solely for our (i.e. the parents) benefit so we can gauge how well Conner is doing in certain areas.
We are using several different resources to help us with our homeschool preschool:
Pre & Post Curriculum Objective Checklist (this is a great resource to help you determine where your child is and it is FREE)
Wipe-Clean Workbooks <<< Best thing ever y’all! My kids have so much fun with these and there’s NO MESS. 🙂
I also purchased the majority of my resources from the Dollar Store with the only two things not coming from the Dollar Store being my crate and folders which were purchased on Amazon. I am organizing our homeschool lesson plans using the folders in the crates and labeling them “Week One”, “Week Two”, Week Three”, etc. This will allow me to have flexibility when there is something that we need to spend more time on or if we have an “off” week.
We will not be following a strict “school year” schedule since we are expecting our third child in October and I will be going to a blogging conference in September. We are planning to start our homeschool in June and revise our schedule as needed to fit our family’s needs. So hopefully, this all goes well! 🙂
Week 1: Letter “Aa”, the color red, apple projects (apple painting w/color red and counting with apple slices). Alligator dot activity and “I Spy” outside for things red. Review the Bible story of creation (use creation wheel to help visual story).
Week 2: Letter “Ee”, letter crafts: q-tip painting, reading activities, and number three.
Week 3: Letter “Ss”, scissor activities, playdoh learning activities, counting activities.
Week 4: Letter “Bb”, the color blue, read Little Blue Truck, review the story of Noah’s Ark, water table activities.
Week 5: Letter “Tt”, number four, shape square, salt tray writing, letter recognition.
Week 6: Sorting by color, matching activities, writing practice, bake cookies using counting skills we have learned.
Week 7: Letter “Gg”, color green, collect grass, leaves and other material outside that is green. Finger paint trace letter “Gg”, “good vs. bad” lesson, play redlight/greenlight.
Week 8: Letter “Oo”, number five, shape circle, “all about Daddy” activity, make homemade donuts, counting book, read Five Little Ducks.
Week 9: Letter “Cc”, the color orange, letter c craft, number matching, scissor activities, playdoh learning activities. Play letter game on ABC Mouse.
Week 10: Writing and letter-sound practice, comparison practice with items found on nature walk, practice location (behind, in front of, beside, on top, below) with various toys.
Week 11: Letter “Pp”, color & dissect pumpkins activities, practice reading on own, sequencing, sorting by color.
Week 12: Letter “Nn”, the story of Moses, Watch Prince of Egypt to help explain the story, number six, identify animal activity.
Week 13: Reading Practice and numbers/counting work, tooth brushing practice with eggs.
Week 14: Letter “Dd”, letter D activities with animals, scissor practice, puzzle activities.
Week 15: Review week – where do we still need help/more practice? Go through lessons on ABC Mouse to see where we still need to work through. Revise accordingly.
Week 16: Letter “Mm”, the story of Mary, play iSpy using empty toilet paper rolls, shape triangle, number six.
Week 17: Read The Gospel for Little Ones and ask Conner to retell the story to me. Practice identifying shapes and colors. Bake Daddy a special treat using our counting skills.
Week 18: Letter “Ff” (practice “f” sound), count fish in Papa’s pond, number seven, practice writing name.
Week 19: Nature walk identifying different shapes and practice letter sounds. Use a water table to identify objects that float and sink.
Week 20: Reading practice, online activities, number eight, and writing name practice.
Week 21: Shape rectangle, the color purple, coloring activities, and number nine.
Week 22: Letter “Rr”, shape review, numbers 1-9 review, matching games with colors.
Week 23: Writing name practice, letter review, the color yellow, number ten, sequencing, sorting by color.
Week 24: Identity animals game, matching uppercase and lowercase letters, salt tray writing.
Week 25: Letter “Ll”, shape diamond, practice counting 1-10, cutting shapes, sorting by size.
Week 26: Review/catch up week. Determine where we still need to work on and catch up on anything we are behind on. Allow him to choose whatever game he’d like to play on ABC Mouse and assess his progress.
Week 27: Letters “Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg” – practice putting in order and matching lower and upper case letters. Vinegar and baking soda volcanoes, writing and reading practice.
Week 28: Make dough and watch rise with a lesson in dealing with emotions (anger), puzzles, writing, and letter-sound practice, hopscotch, and number matching.
Week 29: Play run to the shape, make string pasta necklaces, letter crafts, introduce math (1+1=2, 2+2=4), practice color mixing (green+blue=yellow, etc.).
Week 30: Letter “Xx”, a memory game with numbers, practice weighing, color brown.
Week 31: Letter “Yy”, exploring living & nonliving things, make books and telling stories (use Jesus telling parables as reference).
Week 32: Letter “Zz”, rhyming, online learning, a memory game with letters.
Week 33: Review and determine areas that will need to be continually worked on.
***Updated to add that many of my readers have suggested this “Preschool Readiness Kit” as a great guide for parents that are looking for something that is already packaged for them. Please note that I have not used this kit, I’m only passing along information that was shared with me in case it proves helpful to you.
Here are some other Free or Almost Free Resources to try:
This is an awesome list of outdoor activities to do with your kiddos based on ages: https://www.tinkergarten.com/activities
This blog has so many great ideas for homeschooling at different levels: http://cloisteredaway.com/homeschool/lower_school/
Another list of awesome resources for free or almost free: https://thepioneerwoman.com/…/free-online-educational-reso…/
Do you homeschool? How do you manage it all?