We’ve already been through preschool with three of our kids, but we still have one more to go. 🙂 As a result, I’m always on the lookout for tips for using homeschool preschool curriculum in our family. Even after six years of homeschooling, I still manage to find great suggestions for teaching homeschool preschool in the home.
So – I’m passing on a few of these suggestions to you all today! Check out these five tips for using homeschool preschool curriculum and let us know if you have any suggestions of your own to add!
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Tips for Using Homeschool Preschool Curriculum
- Help preschoolers work on independent activities so you can teach them to sit quietly during lessons. A great independent activity for little learners is using stickers for play. Are your little ones too young to manipulate stickers? Try this great tip from 101 Independent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers by MaryEllen Bream: “If your child has a hard time handling stickers, sticky notes provide just as much fun but are a little easier for younger children to manage.” Genius!
- Help kids build a personal connection to what they learn. For example, if you’re teaching the alphabet, let the kids think of their favorite objects for each letter of the alphabet. My A to Z Dictionary by Mama Jenn is a perfect resource for teaching young children the alphabet and letting them draw pictures of their favorite things!
- Start slowly by teaching basic skills. Learning to manipulate shapes through fine motor activities is a great introduction to pre-writing. Try this activity from Basic Shapes for Beginners by Heather Greutman: Use wooden blocks to help preschoolers match vertical and horizontal lines with their matching block shape. What a neat introduction to making letters!
- Start the day with Circle Time. If you’re teaching kids of several age groups, gathering everyone together for Circle Time in the morning can get the day started off right. Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of the Day by Kendra Fletcher includes tons of great suggestions for Circle Time for all ages – from preschoolers to teens!
- Teach more than one concept at a time. Rather than teaching numbers and letters separately, include them both in a single activity. You’ll save time and help your little ones connect what they’re learning to other skills. My Color-By-Number ABC Book by Lauren Hill is a great way to reinforce ABCs, counting, and coordination – all at once!
These are great tips. I incorporated all of these things in some way when I homeschooled my daughter and they helped make things easier. Circle time is great for groups and something I know my son enjoys now at his school. He talks about their circle time every day and what stories they read as a class. Very fun!
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Selena Robinson says
Circle time really is a great activity. It’s one of those “public school” type things that really works well when you’re homeschooling several kids. 🙂
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Delores Lyon says
Thanks for sharing this! I agree that it is important to have a balanced curriculum for preschoolers, with both independent learning time and then group learning. Your tip on helping kids develop skills is also important. These skills will be used by these little kids for the rest of their lives, so you need to make sure you give them a strong foundation!