Sooooo, what are we doing for a preschool homeschooling curriculum? That is a darn good question. And the short answer is–I guess we’ll find out as the year progresses. But really, it’s not as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants as that sounds. In fact, I think my plan might be a lot more helpful to you than a list of all the cool curriculum I’ve bought.
Here is the plan. I am not buying a “boxed” curriculum for PreK. Instead, I will be using a morning work binder which I have created for free. I will show you what is in mine and give you lots of other ideas for yours too. And then I plan to sample several free and low-cost online resources for PreK and report back to you regularly on how we like them. Some of the sites I plan on reviewing are:
Please let me know of any other PreK resources you would suggest!
Most of my preschooler’s education will come from just exploring life alongside me and her big sister. We read LOTS, involve her in household chores, and play outside. So her “formal” education is pretty simple and, of course, fun.
The Morning Work Binder
So what about this binder? I will show you exactly how I put together below. And you can find links to all the free resources I used and many more on my Pinterest board, Build Your Preschool Binder!
I also threw in some cute covers for the binder, which you can download for free (no strings attached, no e-mail necessary). There is a ladybug cover and a pencil/school themed cover. There is generic “My Preschool Binder” plus one with a space to put your child’s name for each.
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Back to the binder. I used this morning work binder with my now-second-grader to great success. It’s fun, and easy, and versatile. They are simply pages printed out and slid into page protectors. My daughter goes through each day and circles, traces, or writes with a dry erase marker. Then you just wipe off and it’s ready for the next day. If you want a record of progress, just snap a picture before you erase the page.
- Weather and seasons page
- Trace your name page
- Upper and lowercase alphabet page
- Numbers and counting pages
- Some fun Play-Doh mats for counting and 1-to-1 correspondence
I’ll be adding more as we go. The binder helps to make sure that we are consistently touching on the foundational areas I want to cover in between all of our fun learning and exploring activities.
My Preschool Learning Objectives
Here are those foundational objectives that I want to cover in preschool:
- Upper and lowercase letter recognition
- Consonant and short vowel sounds
- Counting and number recognition, 1-20
- 1 to 1 correspondence
That is it. Those basics will pave the way for reading and math in kindergarten. Of course, a typical course of study for preschool covers many other things. Here are some other objectives I will work on informally through play and other fun activities throughout the year.
- Shapes and colors
- Rhyming and clapping songs (syllable counting)
- Cutting, pasting, and other fine motor skills
- Exploring art, nature, and music
- Basic life and household skills
Other Great Resources
Here are two other resources that I’m using with my big girl, which are highly versatile for different ages, and I am excited to involve my preschooler in them too.
I was so fortunate to find Masterpiece Society for my second grader. Alisha offers many online art lessons. But she has just developed a set of art appreciation courses which are perfect to introduce beautiful, classical works to your little one’s mind. Crafts are great, but I like to get some examples of real art in front of those little eyes every now and then.
The lessons are open-and-go, super easy. And my little girl will love to color the coloring pages alongside her big sister.
We love our nature walks! I am mostly a classical education homeschoolin’ momma. But every once in a while some Charlotte Mason creeps in. So I was so happy to find Lara at Everyday Graces. She has created this beautiful watercolor nature journal which is great for recording your narrations, coloring pictures, and pasting treasures you find. I love that you can print out extra pages, if you need lots of bird pages for example.
I am using this for both my girls this year. And since exploring nature is a big part our preschool objectives, this is perfect. While you are checking it out, look for her Charlotte Mason Planner as well!
There you go! My totally inexpensive, no-stress preschool plan. Don’t forget to grab your no-strings-attached ladybug or school themed binder covers. Check out the Pinterest board Build Your Preschool Binder! And please do subscribe and bookmark our preschool resources page as I will be updating it regularly with more favorites I find and create.