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I have now taken four out of my six children through Preschool (feel free to applaud) and my fifth starts this summer! We have used several different Preschool Homeschool curricula for these early years and have definitely learned a TON about what works- and what doesn’t- for our family. And what worked for me may NOT work for you and that is OKAY. Children all have different learning styles and parents have different teaching styles. No one way is right. But these are my top recommendations for the Preschool Years based on my own experience and research.
Keep it simple. Keep it fun.
My main advice for the early years- especially preschool- is to teach your children that school is FUN. It’s really easy to try to take on too much too soon and completely burn out. The best resources provide tools so that you can lay out a feast of classical books to read, provide lots of hands on activities, enable exploration, and a nurture a spark of curiosity with the natural world. Do as much or as little as brings you joy! Happy browsing!
My favorite preschool homeschool curricula
Before FIAR– For children ages 2-4. A gentle ease into homeschooling, teaching your child a love of learning through living books. These are some of the best children’s books that there are. The lessons are simple, quick, and require very little- if any- prep work. This book is also a gentle introduction financially, as you can get the book for just $49 and then borrow the weekly reading from your local library or order them used from Thriftbooks at a great price!
A Year of Playing Skillfully-For children ages 3-7. This curriculum is for the hands on family! This one is great for children needing lots of sensory stimulation. It is a little bit more pricey at $189.99, but it contains Language, Art, Science, Music, Gross Motor, and more. This was recommended by the very inspirational homeschool mom, Elsie, at Farmhouse Schoolhouse. I have no doubt it is worth every penny.
Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons- Out of all the books that have come and gone, this one has a permanent home on my bookshelf. We have been through multiple copies and have used it with every child. Some might call this one boring, but I call it simple. The book says 20 minute lessons, but we usually get done in ten to fifteen tops. The lessons are intuitive, easy, and effective. I have been shocked each year when by lesson 50, my child begins to read. It is middle of the road expensive since it is $36.74, but all of my kids turned out to be SOLID readers. Worth it.
Math-U-See– This one is also one that I have used with every child. We use Math U See all the way up through High School and it is consistently the best math curriculum I have run across. It comes with access to pre-recorded lessons, or you can purchase a physical dvd. You could reasonably work through this without the video, but it is helpful to get them used to the language and concepts used throughout the whole program. It also requires a set of manipulatives, which you do use year after year. But altogether, this one is a big (but worthwhile) investment at $48 for the workbook + $79.99 for the manipulatives, and $20.89 for the Instructional Dvd.
Other Popular Preschool homeschool curricula
- The Peaceful Preschooler – Multiple bundles available do that you can pick and choose what works for you. These beautiful curriculum packages are for children as young as 2 and go all the way up to age 12. They offer nature study guides, holiday + seasonal guides, and primary bundles.
- My Father’s World – A beautiful collection of children’s literature with a complete teacher’s guide.
- Sonlight Preschool Package– Another wonderful collection of children’s literature with Montessori-type materials with a complete teacher’s guide included.
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If you have questions about how to get started with your preschooler, reach out! I’d love to talk with you!