The Best Educational Website for Homeschool Preschool You Must Try

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Since I am homeschooling my preschool twins, I am constantly looking for ways to supplement my preschool homeschool curriculum. Sometimes it's hard to try to fit everything in a day, which is the main reason why I designed my preschool homeschool curriculum to be flexible. But even then, I may have to switch things around or skip a day. That's why I'm happy that I found ABCmouse.com .

Wow, I love this educational website for preschool homeschool! It is perfect for homeschool preschool and preschool activities at home!

 

Some days you need 15-20 minutes of time, and ABCmouse is the perfect website for my children to have fun and still be learning. Now, honestly my children don't get screen time daily (we don't even own a television), but when they do, I like it to be educational. I love the fact that ABCmouse  is the the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for children ages 2–8. The program now has over 8,500 standards- based learning activities and 850+ lessons across 10 levels.

1. Assessment- I liked being able to log in and start the assessment first. You don't have to guess where your child is, they can take the pre-assessment (we did a few at a time), then the program tells you what activities your child needs to work on. I was pleasantly surprised that my children had already mastered the PreK skills and were ready for the Kindergarten skills (which I credit to Kinderstar).

2. Multiple Users- You can get up to 3 users on one account. This is great for moms with multiple young children like myself. My twins and my 6 yr old have their own avatar, which shows in the corner when they log in. I like how cost effective it is instead of having to pay for multiple licenses.

3. Weekly Emails- the emails are very informative and tell you about the program, as well as other benefits.

4. Progressive Experience- the program grows with your child as they learn, so you know that they are always working on what they need.

5. Use on any Device- this is important for me! Regardless if you are on a tablet, smartphone, or computer you can log into ABCmouse. This is the perfect busy activity when you are out and about and need to keep your child entertained, and they can still be learning as well.

6. Music & Songs- Preschoolers learn through music, and ABCmouse has a large collection of songs children like to listen to.

7. Audiobooks- ABCmouse reads the books to children, which helps them learn how to pronounce words, listen to a book read fluently, and get an opportunity

8. Engaging Activities- From puzzles, coloring, to letter story videos, there are so many fun and engaging activities on ABCmouse. Children like to have a variety, and ABCmouse gives them that with the different choices available. There is even a zoo area where children can read and learn about different zoo animals.

9. Spanish Activities- I love that I found this section on ABCmouse. Since I am teaching my children Spanish, they can practice what they learn through puzzles, games, and audiobooks. Even my oldest children who take Spanish classes at school benefit from listening to the audiobooks, since they can hear the way words are supposed to be pronounced and learn new vocabulary as well.

10. Printables- There are a ton of printables that are related to the standards as well.

Cons

My only complaint about ABCmouse is that it is too engaging! My children love ABCmouse and ask to use it daily. We don't watch television, but I do make an exception for ABCmouse and educational videos we get free with Amazon Prime. Preschoolers should have no more than 20 minutes of screen time daily (including all devices), so we choose what screen activity they will do. I set a timer and once it is finished, it's time to do something else.

Overall, ABCmouse is a great supplement to your preschool homeschool curriculum. It helps to reinforce the skills that you are teaching your child, as well as allows them to increase their skills and become advanced.

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What is your favorite part of ABC mouse? Let me know in the comments below.

10 Best Firefighter Theme Preschool Activities

Here are 10 fun Fire Safety and Firefighter theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

Wow, I love all these fire safety and firefighter preschool activities! They are perfect for my preschool homeschool curriculum!

1.  Rescue the Alphabet (Mom Inspired Life)

This fun alphabet activity includes movement that gets your child excited about learning the letters. All you need is masking tape, magnetic letters, and a magnetic surface. Go here to check it out.

2. Firetruck Shape Craft (Sand in My Toes)

This is a great way to practice shape recognition, cutting, and pasting by making a firetruck. This website has simple directions to make your own firetruck.

3. Fire Ladder Learning Activities (JDaniels4Mom) You can use masking tape to create a fire ladder or use sidewalk chalk outside to create a fire ladder, then have your child learn and play with the fire ladder. For example, write numbers on each rung and have your child hop to the number you call out.

5. Firefighter Plate Hat (MomsTown-Toronto)

No firefighter hat? No problem! Your child can paint a paper plate red and make their own firefighter hat. Go here to get the easy directions.

6. Fire Safety Crawl (Lalymom)

At this age, it is important for children to learn about fire safety. In case of an emergency, children should know how to get low and crawl on the ground. I like how this website explains fire safety procedures in a fun and easy way. There are also 2 more fun firefighter activities to go along with your unit as well.

7. Fireman (or woman) Craft (Learn Create Love)

This simple craft is a lot of fun, as well as helps your child practice cutting and pasting. Go here to grab the craft.

8. Firefighter Letter v. Word Sorting (Totschooling)

This is a great way to introduce the difference between letters and words to your preschooler. Go here to get the free printables.

9. Visit a Fire Station

You can visit a fire station and it would be a great field trip for young children.

10. Watch Fire Safety Videos

Youtube has tons of kid-friendly fire safety videos. Just use the search box to find the perfect video for your child.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 
 

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!

9 Must Do Pumpkin Theme Preschool Activities

Here are 9 fun Pumpkins theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

Wow, I love these fun pumpkin preschool activities! They are great for preschool homeschool and preschool activities at home!

1. Pumpkin Seed Transfer (Childcare Land)

Pumpkin seeds are easy to get, and are the perfect size for counting and fine motor activities. Use the pumpkin seeds and tongs to transfer them from one container to the other. After your child transfers the seeds, you can practice counting the seeds out. Using tongs allows your child to improve their fine motor skills which helps make writing more easier. Go here to read more.

2. Pumpkin Scented Moon Sand (Parenting Chaos)

Everything in the fall it seems smells like pumpkin. Why not create moon sand for your child that smells like pumpkin as well?  Another great thing about this recipe is that it is "taste safe", so if your child tries some, it is ok. Go here to read these simple directions.

3. Pumpkin Volcano Science (The Resourceful Mama)

This simple science activity gives children a sensory play experience as well. Using products that you probably already have in your home, your children can see what happens when the materials combine together to "erupt". Go here to get the complete instructions.

Vocabulary words to introduce: mix, fizz, erupt, solid, liquid

4. Pumpkin Science Craft (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

This craft activity teaches young children about what is on the inside of a pumpkin. First you can read a book about how pumpkins grow, then complete the craft. It is also good when you are finished to have your child compare their craft to a real pumpkin. Go here to get the directions.

Vocabulary words to introduce: life cycle, stem, plant, seeds

5. Marble Painting Pumpkins (Paper and Glue)

This is a new spin on painting-and less messy as well! I like that this project is contained in a box, which helps to control where the paint goes. Your child will love to "paint" with the marbles and practice control to see how much they can fill up their pumpkin. Go here to see the complete activity.

6. Pumpkin Process Art (Pre-K Pages)

This activity only requires the top of a pumpkin and paint. This is an open-ended art activity that gives young children the freedom to explore and create. Go here to get the simple directions.

7. Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt (Life Over C's)

There are pumpkin patches all over the place in October, so if you can, it would be a great and easy field trip for your child. Use this scavenger hunt sheet to have your child search for items in the pumpkin patch. This activity is a great time to practice and use new vocabulary words. Go here to print it out.

8. Pumpkin Decorating with Washi Tape (The Educator's Spin On It)

This is a simple no-prep activity (my favorite kind)! Give your child a small pumpkin, and strips of tape, and let them cover the pumpkin with the washi tape. I love the simplicity of this project and it is a good quiet activity. Go here to read more.

9. Colored Pumpkin Seeds (Childcare Land)

This activity can be used in multiple ways. Practice color recognition and sorting after coloring the pumpkin seeds, then use the seeds to create a colorful art project. Go here to watch a video on how to do it.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 
Wow, I love these fun pumpkin preschool printables! They are great for preschool homeschool and preschool activities at home!

 

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!


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5 Hands-On Post Office Preschool Theme Unit Activities

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Learning about community helpers is an important part of preschool. Community helpers are people who work in the community and assist people to make it a better place.

The Post Office is a place in a community that young children should know and appreciate, since it helps us to communicate with people from all over the world.

Wow, these post office theme preschool activities are great for preschool homeschool! I love these preschool activities at home!

Here are 5 fun Post Office theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

1. Post Office Dramatic Play Center (Picklebums.com)

This post office dramatic play center comes complete with stamps , word lists, and envelopes, to create your own post office center. Print the stamps on colored paper for a more dramatic effect.

2. Post Office Field Trip (Bambini Travel)

The post office is a perfect, free field trip for your preschooler! Meet a postal worker, look at stamps, and count the mail trucks. If you can, talk to the Postmaster, and try to arrange a tour. This is a simple and fun playdate for you and your friends!

3. Simple Mailbox Craft

This mailbox is very easy to make, just fold a blue or black construction paper and paste on white paper. Make a simple flag and glue to the side.

 

Materials:

Blue or Black Construction Paper

Red Construction Paper

White Construction Paper (for base)

Thumbtack (to make the flag move up and down)

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4. Mail Theme Sensory Bin

 
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5. Sort the Mail (Intentional Grace)

This sorting envelope activity integrates math with our post office unit! Label bins or baskets with numbers, then have your child count out envelopes/letters into the baskets. You can use real mail or plain envelopes.

Every activity that we do in our preschool homeschool is related to the Core Knowledge Preschool Standards. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is a set of learning guidelines for children ages 3-5 years.

The Core Knowledge Preschool Standards that are related to this unit are:

Dictate a simple letter, invitation, or thank you note.

It's good practice for children to write thank you notes for gifts received and they can tell you what they want to say and you can write it down. Once they are able, preschoolers can write their own simple letters to family members.

Name city, state, and country where one lives.

One simple activity to master this standard is to address an envelope with your child's name, address, city, state, and zipcode. You can also point out your address on mail that comes to your home.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 

 
 

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!


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How to Create a Preschool Homeschool Schedule

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Have you started homeschooling your preschooler? One of the questions that I get asked most often, is what should the schedule look like?

Everyone’s schedule will be different based on the day, but here is my actual weekly schedule:

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I created my preschool homeschool curriculum to be flexible due to the fact that my twins attend extracurricular activities. Even though they aren’t being taught by me, I still consider it learning.

Remember, just because you aren’t direct teaching your child, they are still learning while they are doing pretend play, blocks, etc.

Wow, this preschool homeschool schedule is so simple and easy to follow! This makes my preschool homeschool curriculum planning a breeze!

 

When planning your schedule, keep in mind a few things:

1.     Your child’s attention span

Younger children probably have a shorter attention span, so you should do activities in 10-15 minute chunks. Older children can usually sit for longer amounts of time, but I still wouldn’t go over 30 minutes for one activity.

Keep in mind that your child should be able to sit still and complete an activity for up to 30 minutes by the time they are in kindergarten.

2.     Extracurricular Activities

As I stated before, include activities you attend such as story time or swimming class, in your schedule.

3.     Independent Play

Even if your child were attending a traditional school, they would have time for independent play. Usually a preschool classroom is set-up with different center areas for children to roam freely during different times of the day.

Children need time to play independently which allows them to exercise their imagination, practice fine motor skills, and learn life skills.

10:00-10:15 Circle Time ( We go over the following: day of the week, month of the year, weather, letter & number of the week, sight words of the week)

10:15-10:30 Story Time/ Read Aloud

I will read a book related to our preschool theme. Before reading, I will go over the parts of the book (cover, title, author, spine, and back) to reinforce these important pre-reading skills.

10:30-11:00 Preschool Star

We use my Preschool Star curriculum which covers a variety of skills (letter recognition, Math, and more) so we do different things each day. My twins are used to doing printables, so they can usually complete 2-3 during this time.

11:00-11:30 Hands-On Activity

I will choose a hands-on activity from the Preschool Star lesson plan to complete. It could be a craft, sensory tub, cooking, Science- any fun and engaging activity that is related to our theme.

11:30-12 Learn to Read

We follow Learn to Read and usually complete two reading printables/activities and practice the word family for the week.

Related: How to Teach Your Child to Read

12-12:30 Lunch/ Clean-Up

12:30-2:30 Independent Play/ Nap*

This is our schedule for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my twins attend classes, so we complete an activity from the KinderStar book before we attend class.

After lunch, my twins will play independently or if they are tired* take a nap. Unfortunately, my twins do not take naps anymore daily, but they do wake up late so I am able to utilize the morning for myself.

I also read to my children before they go to bed, but that is reading for enjoyment, meaning that I don’t go over any parts of the book, we just read the story.

Although two hours might seem short, in reality if your child was going to school, this would be a similar schedule. The only difference is that they include a lot of independent play time.

Another thing to keep in mind is to keep your schedule flexible. Sometimes you might be tired, sick, or just have other things going on.

This is the main reason why I didn’t create a rigid schedule for each printable and activity. The freedom and flexibility to choose what to do each day, is better than a structured schedule that creates unnecessary anxiety if you don’t complete it.

Remember, it's your homeschool, you are in control of what you want it to look like.

How do you plan your preschool homeschool schedule? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Teach Your Child to Read

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Many parents want to begin teaching their child to read, but don’t know where to start.

Yes, children do learn how to read in school. However there are many reasons why you should begin now at 3-5 years old to teach your child to read.

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First, your child enters school prepared and confident. School is so much easier when a child knows what to do.

Another reason why you should teach your child to read before they enter school is that you can understand what their needs are and what they still might need help in.


Reading is a process, so children need time to practice their skills. At school, children don’t have a lot of time to practice one skill before it is time to learn a new skill.

As I was looking for a complete reading curriculum, I found Learn to Read. My children already went through the Reading the Alphabet curriculum and I was impressed by the detailed information and lesson plans. Reading the Alphabet is good for 2-3 year old children who know their letters and letter sounds and are ready for a relaxed approach to read.

Learn to Read is a curriculum for beginning readers (4-6 yrs old) that teaches reading and spelling through common word families and beginning sight words.

Related: Teach Your Preschooler to Read for Free

4 Reasons Why I Chose Learn to Read:

  • Created by a reading specialist & homeschool mom
  • Easy to use
  • Detailed Lesson Plans
  • Variety of Activities

It is important to understand that only learning sight words is not knowing how to read. Sight words help young children gain confidence and begin to understand that words have meanings.

 

However for children to truly to learn how to read, they need to know the sounds that each letter makes. Once your child knows their sounds, they need to start putting the sounds together.

Most teachers begin teaching word families, which are words that have similar endings. For example, the –at family includes the words: cat, hat, mat, sat, etc.

Teaching word families allow children the ability to master one word family at a time, then gain confidence in their reading. As they learn more word families, they increase their reading ability.

The way that Learn to Read is set up it teaches different word families in each unit. It also includes sight word review in each lesson.

  • Unit 1: short a word families & short a review
  • Unit 2: short o word families & short o review
  • Unit 3: short i word families & short i review
  • Unit 4: short u word families & short u review
  • Unit 5: short e word families & short e review
  • Unit 6: short vowel review

Note: Learn to Read is sold in individual units, but if you plan to work with your child through the summer or continuing homeschooling through kindergarten, the bundle is a better deal and saves $12. The bundle pack also contains extra activities for children to reinforce the skills.

How to Use Learn to Read:

Each lesson includes a 5-day lesson plan. Since my twins are in extracurricular activities throughout the week and I follow a more relaxed schedule, we are doing one lesson for 2 weeks.

This also helps to ensure that your child really knows the skill, instead of rushing to the next word family.

How I Use Learn to Read:

1.      Introduce word family of the week

I use my alphabet foam letters to go over the word family. (What does a say? What does t say? Put the letters together. Then say this is the word family that we will practice this week). Learn to Read also includes word cards to practice the word family if you don't have alphabet letters.

2.      Use the cards to make new words (c-a-t says cat), etc. Add the words to pocket chart. (This is an activity to play throughout the week or two that you are going over the lesson.)

3.      Choose two reading activities per day

Each lesson has sight word activities, writing, a short reader and more that focus on the specific word family.

I try to limit activities to no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Also, it is a good idea to switch from a “worksheet” activity to a hands-on activity to keep your child engaged.

In our complete preschool homeschool schedule, I switch from a reading activity to an activity from our current theme.

4.      During your bedtime story or read-aloud time, point out the words in the word family. Say, “Do you see (at)? Point to it. Read the word.

Overall:

Pros:

COMPREHENSIVE! I mean, it has everything that you need to teach, review, and reinforce each word family.

Fun activities- my twins favorites are the

Works for struggling and special needs children- even if your child is in kindergarten or first grade and needs more assistance, Learn to Read is a good review for them.

Cons:

The only thing I don’t like about Learn to Read is there is no complete year plan. I would love a complete day to day schedule for a 9 month plan, or a 12 month plan.

This would make it easy to know exactly what to do for each day. However, since all families are different I understand that it is written to be flexible to incorporate into your day.

This is mostly because I don’t want to create my own.

Reading Tips:

Reading is a daily practice.

Be consistent and patient.

Take your time. Reading is not a rush, if your child is tired, stop.

Additional Resources:

Youtube videos for each word family: Just search “-“ word family

Starfall.com- games for each word family

Learn to Read is a comprehensive and affordable reading curriculum to teach your child to read. It is a simple way to teach your child to read. Even if your child only goes through a few units, they will be more prepared for school.

 

What other questions do you have about teaching your child to read? Leave me a comment below!

10 Hands-On Preschool Construction Activities

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Young children love to ask "why" and "how" things are made and what they are made of. A construction preschool theme unit is the perfect time to answer some of these questions.

Wow, I love these construction theme preschool activities and printables! These are great for preschool activities at home and homeschool preschool ideas!

Here are 10 more Hands-On Construction Theme Activities:

1. Construction Site Counting Game (To Be a Kid Again)

This simple but effective math game lets preschoolers practice counting objects (one to one correspondence) and matching them with a number. You can use rocks or beans to play this game.

 
Image: To be a kid again

Image: To be a kid again

 

 

2. Bulldozer Craft (No Time for Flashcards)

This craft is an easy way to integrate shapes into art. Have your child cut the pieces themselves if they are able to give them more independence.

3. Stick Houses

Craft stick houses can be made as a free-standing structure or as an art project. Either way your child will love to build their own home with these sticks. You can also use colored craft sticks to make their home stand out even more!

4. Construction Vest Craft (Never Shushed)

Even if your child has their own construction uniform, they will love to make this simple construction vest. Use large paper bags from your local grocer, and orange and yellow construction paper or duct tape.

 

5. Construction Site Scoop and Sell (The Imagination Tree)

This is a year round activity, and only takes a few minutes to set-up. Write on rocks that your child has collected, and practice spelling sight words, names, and simple words.

 
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6. Edible Construction Trucks (All Free Kids Crafts)

Since following a simple recipe is a preschool standard, these edible construction trucks are a tasty way for children to practice following directions.

7. Montessori Nuts and Bolts Board (Mamaguru)

Although this activity takes a bit of prep work, it is something that your child will love to do over and over again. They can practice fine motor skills with this fun nuts and bolts board.

8. Construction Movement Cards (Royal Baloo)

Preschoolers are learning how to control their body (gross motor skills), so these free construction movement cards give them a chance to practice simple body movements like spinning, turning, and more with a construction theme twist!

9. Build A Truck (Little Family Fun)
This is another shape craft, but it allows your child to make choices by building a truck using different shapes. You can also use felt to make this a reusable activity. After your child finishes their truck, have them tell a story about their truck. Ask questions such as, where is it going, what kind of job it has, etc. This will help to build your child's conversational and retelling skills.

10. Printable Construction Worker (Learn Create Love)

This free printable lets your child build a construction worker with tools.

Check out my Construction Unit and the rest of the Preschool Homeschool Curriculum.

 
 

10 Fun Preschool All About Me Activities

All About Me activities are fun for preschoolers to learn about themselves! When teaching All About Me, children learn about their name, family, and discover their likes and dislikes.

An All About Me unit is also the perfect time to teach your child about their body, its parts, and how it works.

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Here are some fun All About Me Activities:

1.  Measuring Activity- Hands & Feet (Little Bins for Little Hands)

This is a super simple activity that helps your child practice tracing and measurement skills. Use blocks, toy cars, or any other small object to measure the drawings.

2. Self- Portrait Drawing (Preschool Steam)

This activity just uses a mirror and a dry erase marker. Your child will love to draw their reflection.

3.  Roll to Draw a Body (I Heart Crafty Things)

All you need is a die, and your child can practice drawing body parts. Not only is this is a preschool skill, but it is also a skill necessary for kindergarten readiness.

4. Hair and Why It's There ( A Little Pinch of Perfect)

5. Fingerprint Exploration (Mom to 2 Posh Divas)

This activity shows children that they are unique right down to their fingerprints!

 

6. Body Measurements using String (igame Mom)

This activity helps preschoolers measure their height, arm span, and different body parts. They can also compare their measurements to a sibling or another family member. If you don't want to use string, you can also introduce a measuring tape to your child.

7. All About Me Pizza (Prek Pages)

This yummy food idea is great since one important preschool skill is to follow directions. If you don't have a person shaped cookie cutter, just use an entire tortilla to make a face. Choose healthy food choices such as cucumber slices for the eyes, string cheese hair, etc. Your child will have fun making their food person.

8.  Mr and Mrs Potato Head Craft (The Suburban Mom)

This Potato Head Craft is a great opportunity to talk about body parts and their names. It also helps your child to work on following directions, cutting, and pasting.

9. Playdoh Faces (Mom Inspired Life for Pre-K Pages)

Use the blank face template in my All About Me printable pack to make a playdoh face. You can have your child color it first, or print on colored construction paper. You can also laminate the paper (print on cardstock first), to have a continuous activity.

10. Clothespin Names (The Teaching Zoo)

This super simple activity helps your child practice spell their own name. After they master their own name, teach their middle and last name as well. It is also good fine motor practice using the clothespins.

In my Preschool Curriculum, I have even more fun All About Me activities. It includes a lesson plan that covers important standards necessary for preschoolers to learn, as well as simple, yet fun activities.

 
 

What other activities do you do to teach your preschooler about themselves? Leave a comment below!

How to Homeschool Your Preschooler for Less than $100

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Are you getting ready to homeschool your preschooler? With so many curriculum choices, learning styles, and Pinterest ideas; it might be hard to decide on what exactly you are going to do with your preschooler at home.

In my post, 4 easy steps to homeschooling your preschooler, I talked about the basics of what your homeschool might look like.

This year I will be homeschooling my twin 4 year olds starting in August.

wow, I love this preschool homeschool curriculum on a budget! This is great for preschool activities at home.

 

One thing that I did not want to do was to spend time on the Internet searching for quality printables that actually taught the skills needed for my children to get ready for kindergarten. Although there are a lot of “cute” printables, they aren’t actually functional.  So I created my own flexible preschool curriculum.

Here are my low cost curriculum choices for homeschooling my preschooler:

Reading:

Since my twins can read, we will be focusing on more in-depth skills. Learn to Read is a complete reading curriculum that includes 6 full units, and each unit focuses on a specific word family. Each unit includes 4 lessons that last five days each. Each lesson has 25 or more activities that focus on the word family.

Learn to Read is a great resource for children who already know letter sounds, and some sight words, since they will be combining the sounds to actually read. Learn to Read teaches beginning readers how to read and spell through common word families, sight words, and short vowel sounds.

I will be using the entire bundle, since I plan on continuing it through the summer. The bundle also saves you $12, than buying each unit separately.

However, if you are on a budget, each individual unit is available for purchase as well. I think that you could go through at least 3 units comfortably through the school year, and your child will still be well prepared for kindergarten.

If your child is not ready for Learn to Read, Reading the Alphabet is a simple curriculum to use to teach letter sounds and some sight words. It is free or $12 (for a complete download with tons of bonus activities)

Math:

Our preschool math curriculum will consist of all of the kindergarten readiness skills needed for kindergarten, as well as fun activities from KinderStar and my preschool curriculum.

Preschool math is very hands on and includes skills such as counting up to 20, which I will be using grid games to practice. In Preschool Star, there are created 2 grid games for each unit to practice counting up to 10, and up to 20. Grid games are great independent practice once your child knows how to count.

I have also included number recognition and tens frame practice in my preschool curriculum.

Science & Social Studies:

We will be doing thematic preschool units so Science & Social Studies will be incorporated into our weekly book choices, printables, and activities for each unit. For example, in the Apples unit, we did a fun experiment where we saw the effects of liquid on apples.

Writing:

Handwriting and fine motor skills practice are also included in the preschool curriculum. Before kindergarten, preschoolers should be able to write their first and last name. A great way to practice is when you are doing work with your child, start requiring them to write their first name on their paper. Once they are comfortable, you can start teaching them their last name.

Kindergarten Readiness Skills:

There are so many other skills that children need for school such as social skills, emotional skills, and practical skills. In my KinderStar course, I include a 90+ page Parent Activity Guide that includes activities to practice each of these skills.

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My Complete Curriculum Plan

Learn to Read $48 (also available in individual units for $10 each)

Preschool Star- 20 Printable Theme Units $35 (on sale now for $27)

KinderStar- Kindergarten Readiness Skills $47 (use CODE27 to get it for $27)

Supplies:

I usually get all of my homeschool resources for free using Swagbucks. Since I am trying to be more minimalist and we will be moving soon, I won’t buy as many books and instead check them out from the library. Be sure to reserve your library books at least a week in advance, so that way you will be prepared for the next unit.

Related: Library Hacks Every Mom Must Know

On my preschool curriculum page, each theme has a list of suggested books to read during the unit. Those are just a few of the books, but of course you can read more. We usually read at least one book a day.


With my Swagbucks gift cards I purchased:

Folders (1 for each child)

Backpacks (when we go to storytime & crafts they can put their “work” in them)

Washable Paints

Smocks (these are a necessity!)

Playdough (because for some reason there is never enough)

Alphabet Stamps

Throughout the school year I will also get what is needed for each theme as I earn more Swagbucks.

Remember, homeschooling your preschooler does not have to be expensive. Be creative and think of ways to cut the costs. The most important thing to remember is to teach your child the skills he needs to excel in kindergarten.

What will you be using for your preschool homeschool curriculum? Let me know in the comments below.

Grab my free Preschool Homeschool Planner so that you can plan the perfect preschool activities at home for your child.

 

10 Hands-On Apple Activites You Must Try

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Although it is still in the triple digits (!) where we live, back to school usually symbolizes fall and apples.

The first unit in our preschool homeschool curriculum is all about Apples. My twins and I have been having fun learning about the apple life cycle and reading about apples.

i Love these fun apple theme preschool activities at home! They are great for my preschool homeschool curriculum!

 

Here is some fun hands-on apple activities that we have been doing to enhance our apple theme unit:

1. Apple Stained Glass Window Craft

This craft is great fine motor practice since you can have your preschooler cut up the tissue paper themselves.

2. Apple Science Experiment

This simple apple science experiment shows the different affects that liquid has on apples. (From Pre-K Pages)

 

 

3. Apple Stamping

This activity is so simple to do, and you probably already have all of the materials needed. (From: Crafty Morning)

 

 

4. Counting Apple Seeds

I love this easy math activity. You can also make it more challenging by adding higher numbers.

5. Sponge Painted Apple

My twins love anything painting so this simple activity is great for theme.

 

 

6. Exploring Parts of an Apple

7. Apple Sorting Activity

You can use either real apples of different colors, or poms in red, yellow, and green. In order to help your child improve their fine motor skills, use tongs or tweezers while sorting.

8.  Magnetic Apples Sensory Bin

Using split peas and magnets, this sensory bin is sure to keep your child entertained for awhile.

9. Apple Stem (Little Bins for Little Hands)

This is a fun collection of apple STEM experiments such as balancing apples and do apples or sink or float.

10. Build an Apple Tree Sensory Bin

This sensory bin uses real twigs and red checkers for a fun activity. (From Sugar Aunts for Coffee and Crayons)

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