Can we have some homeschool confession time here? It’s hard to admit sometimes, but I can be a bit of a curriculum junkie.
Whew, now that I got that off my chest I can give you details. I specifically have a problem when it comes to preschool curriculum. In fact, I actually have more preschool curriculum than I’ll ever use. The Boy is nine years-old and Prissy is three years-old. The three years worth of preschool curriculum I own is probably unnecessary, huh?
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The good thing about my curriculum hoarding is that I can share my favorites with you and hopefully help you on your journey to homeschool your preschooler. Laying the educational foundation for your little learner can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some incredible resources available to equip you, encourage you, and guide you on your homeschool journey. Better yet, they’re all budget-friendly.
Here are five fantastic resources for homeschooling your preschooler:
God’s Little Explorers
I’ve had God’s Little Explorers stashed away for a while and am so excited to finally be using it with Prissy! Now that we’ve had our Letter of the Week time, I love that God’s Little Explorers does not present letters in alphabetical order and does not focus on capital letters first. Recognition of letters when they’re out of order and lowercase is vital for pre-reading.
Prissy happens to be much more familiar with capital letters and often gets frustrated by the fact that there are so many lowercase letters on items in the grocery store, in books, and all over the world around us. She’s looking for letters and ready to have this all figured out! This focus on lowercase, non-alphabetized letters should help tremendously.
I also love that it’s centered around exploring the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and that Prissy will learn early on that God’s Word is connected, from beginning to end, and that all of the in-between matters.
Factor in the Bible exploration with life skills, letters skills, number skills, and fun themes, and we’ve got a great year ahead of us in our homeschool!
Encompass Preschool Curriculum
One of the things that impresses me the most about Kathy Gossen’s Encompass Curriculum is how incredibly thorough it is. If you looked through some preschool curriculum or workbooks, you’d get the idea that preschool is nothing more than the basics: letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Those are all a part of Encompass, but there’s so much more than those basic preschool concepts.
In addition to preschool basics, Encompass covers character, Bible, poetry, social studies, science, and motor skills… and that’s not even all of it! Craft skills, music & dance, cooking, and others are included, too. Encompass takes care of it all!
We’re already covered for this year of preschool and I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I can see this being a great match for Prissy next year. It’s too good to leave it on the flash drive unused!
A – Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum
If you followed our Letter of the Week fun, you know that we used Kathy Hutto’s A – Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum for the foundation of Prissy’s first preschool adventures. I didn’t follow it perfectly each week, but it served as a wonderful guide for our entire Letter of the Week time.
Even when I opted not to go with the themes in A – Z’s lesson plans I still used it for letter skills, math concepts, Bible, reinforcement for shapes and colors, and even music and art at times. It was such a great starting point for Prissy’s preschool experience.
Preschool Alphabet Packet
Teaching Mama’s Alphabet Packet was a lifesaver for me during my Letter of the Week focus with Prissy. I came back to these printables over and over again because they are perfect for younger preschoolers. These worksheets are a great way to provide reinforcement and extra practice for letters, counting, patterns, cutting, and more. They could be used to supplement other preschool resources, to help piece together your own preschool plan, or with The Preschool Journey, Teaching Mama’s very own e-book and preschool curriculum. You’ve got lots of options with this great resource!
Basic Shapes for Beginners
If you’ve ever wondered about the starting point for teaching writing, this book is for you! Heather Greutman’s Basic Shapes for Beginners focuses on teaching prewriting skills with a great balance of instruction and play. These prewriting skills are presented in unit-study style rather than a full curriculum, which is a great way to lay the foundation for writing without overwhelming you or your child.
If you’ve been praying about homeschooling your preschooler (or any of your kids, for that matter), please know that all of the resources mentioned here can be purchased very inexpensively through the above links. That’s one of the great things about all of this — you don’t have to spend absurd amounts of money to teach your children at home!
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