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)

Looking for more preschool homeschool ideas?  Check out my preschool homeschool now!

Best School Uniforms for Girls

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Are you ready for back to school? We have about 2 weeks left, since the school calendar has been moved up earlier so that it ends by Memorial Day.

This means for me that I have to start preparing now for back to school shopping.

 

My oldest children wear uniforms, so I am always looking for quality clothing that will last throughout the school year. That’s why I was happy to see Gymboree’s back to school line.

Gymboree carries the traditional uniform colors of navy, blue, red, and white. I like to buy different types of clothes to give my children variety since they already have to wear the “same” clothes daily.

My shopping list consists of shirts, shorts, and pants. My daughters like to play (jump, monkey bars, flip) at recess so we don’t buy many dresses. I do like to have a uniform dress or two in the closet for their school award ceremonies.

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

 

One of my favorite back to school shopping tips is to buy things when they aren’t in season. I don’t like to scramble around if the weather changes so even though it’s 100+ degrees now, I will also buy some uniform pants.

This year my oldest two will be in 3rd and 1st grade. They are so excited to be getting bigger. Since my daughter is 8, we have been talking about goal-setting. I want her to start having goals to focus on, so she doesn’t get sucked into peer pressure (and focus on negative things).

Here are some of her #KidGoals:

* Learn multiplication facts by heart (we have been practicing all summer so she can be confident when school starts)

* Read simple books in Spanish (our second language)

* Play on a soccer team

What are your favorites from Gymboree’s Back to School line? Share below.

How My Daughter Started Kindergarten at a 2nd Grade Level

Although I was a teacher for 10 years, I never could quite understand the need for the district to constantly label children and put them into groups. It always was about academic or behavior. I thought our goal was to help all children succeed despite of what label they were given, so I never paid attention to a student’s label.  In second and third grade, that I taught, it was easy to see which children weren’t at grade level.

But imagine my surprise when I found out that kindergarten students could be labeled as well. Just think for a minute, a child can be behind in their first year of school!

As a mom, I definitely did not want my child to be labeled behind in kindergarten. So I started to figure out what skills she would need to succeed in school. Although we think that it’s just learning colors, and the alphabet, it is much more than that.

Wow, this really helps me teach my daughter to prepare her for kindergarten readiness! This is so easy for preschool activities at home and for my preschool homeschool curriculum.

Children should know skills such as:

Reading

Alphabet

Colors

Social

Emotional

Fine Motor

In my Free Homeschool Preschool Planner, I have listed all of the skills that preschoolers needed.

Plus, if your child doesn’t go to preschool then they might miss out on all of the necessary skills to prepare them for school.

So my plan with my daughter was simple, work with her by playing learning games daily. Every day we would play a learning game even if she didn’t understand it. The more that I played with her, the more she learned.

We would do counting games, letter games, and alphabet games. I also taught her social skills such as sharing and being polite. Although many parents focus on academic skills, the behavior skills are equally important for academic success. Children who are well-behaved do better at school, even if they aren’t as high academically. Why? Because well-behaved children know how to listen and follow directions. They are easier to work with and really want to succeed.

By the time my oldest daughter started school, she was already advanced. Since I made learning fun, she was excited to go to school. There were no tears on the first day of school. She was able to easily adjust to being at school all day. Even to this day, she will be in 3rd grade this fall, she continues to be two grade levels ahead.

Once I had my second daughter, I knew I had to repeat the process. I would spend time playing academic games with her and making learning fun.

Here are her STAR test scores:  

Kindergarten Reading: 4th Grade Level   

Kindergarten Reading: 4th Grade Level   

Kindergarten Math: 2nd Grade Level

Kindergarten Math: 2nd Grade Level

Anything you do is easier if you have the confidence, and by working with my daughter I was able to give her the confidence so she could go to school and excel.

This is why I created the KinderStar Course. I wanted parents to be able to help prepare their children for school. Even if your child is one years old, you can start working with him.

In the KinderStar Course I have included:

90 page Parent Activity E-guide, this includes activities for each skill necessary for kindergarten success

15 Video Modules- you will see how I use these same techniques to teach my three year old twins

100 Sight Word Cards- that will help your child learn how to read

46 Printable Worksheets- practice tracing and writing the letters of the alphabet, as well as learning shapes

Activities: Alphabet puzzles, rhyming cards, and number clip cards

 

Everything is downloadable so you can get started today.

The early school years are key predictors of future academic success. This is why it is important to begin teaching your child at an early age.

7 Must Haves for your Preschool Homeschool Room

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i love these preschool homeschool room ideas. They are great for preschool activities at home in a small space.

1.      Easel

An easel is a must for any preschool homeschool since it gives children an opportunity to create with other materials such as chalk and paint.

 

2.      Table and chair

We actually have a small folding table with 4 chairs and I love it because even my older children can sit at it. It’s also super sturdy and good for indoor and outdoor use.

My twins use their table mostly for pretend play but it is also good for outdoor painting projects.

 

3.      Storage

It’s important to keep your supplies in order. I like using a small portable filebox (with the files out), to store our weekly materials. I put all of my children’s work in a folder, and then place it in the storage box.

I also keep their crayons & other writing tools in this box since we do that at the kitchen table.

 

4.      Bookshelf

Any type of shelving will do, but you want the books for your theme to be in reach and accessible for your children. I actually like this shelf because the book covers are facing forward.

We usually have at least 10 books related to the theme that we are working on, and after I read them to my children, they like to practice “reading” as well.

 

5.      Dress up Center Storage

Preschoolers (boys and girls), both love to pretend play. Even in a preschool classroom there will be a dramatic play area. We pretty much own every Melissa & Doug costume, but they can get messy quick.

So it’s important to have some storage for them, as well as for the costumes to be easily accessible. The other bonus is that your child can practice the life skill of hanging up clothes.

 

6.      Message board

A message board will be a great place to put the focus sight words of the week, letters of the week, and concepts that you are studying. You can also add realia, real items, to make the board more interesting for your preschooler. If you don’t want to use thumbtacks, use a whiteboard with magnets for a safer board that your child can interact with.

 

 

7.      Rug

Your rug doesn’t have to be large, but a small rug will be a great place for your child to play on the floor. It is also a nice spot to share a book with your child.

If you have a small space, you could even use a bathroom rug. Rugs make it seem as though there is another spot even though they are in the same room.

 

8.      Calendar

Help your child begin to understand time with a simple calendar. I like this calendar because it also has cards to discuss the weather as well.

 

It doesn’t take much for you to have an amazing preschool homeschool room. Even if you have a small space, you can improvise to have a great space for your homeschool preschool.

Don't forget to also use Swagbucks to get free gift cards that you can spend on Amazon to furnish your preschool homeschool room. Before you check out, go through Ebates so that you earn cash back as well!

How did you furnish your preschool homeschool room? Leave a comment below!

10 Ways to Make Your Homeschool Preschool Amazing

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I love these tips on how to have preschool activities at home. This will be perfect for my preschool homeschool curriculum.

 

School will be starting soon! Are you excited for your homeschool preschool or worried that you won’t be able to do it?

Relax, you got this. Homeschooling your preschooler is easy to do, and you can make it an amazing and fun experience for you and your child with the following tips.

1.      Create a Plan

If you aren’t sure here are some tips on how to homeschool your preschooler. After you have created your plan, adjust it as needed. Homeschooling is supposed to be flexible and fit the needs of your family.

I know for myself I don’t want to have to create brand new themes each week. So I am doing a relaxed approach, and am only doing two themes a month. This gives us time to really go through the theme, and enjoy it.

2.      Have a Daily Schedule

If you don’t have a schedule, I have one in my free preschool planner. Think about how many hours of the day you will homeschool, as well as what days of the week.

I will only be homeschooling three days a week, for about 3 hours a day. The other two days of the week we will be doing extracurricular activities.

3.      Treat it like School

I don’t mean that it has to be rigid, but treat it like a learning experience for your child. Remember the reason why you are teaching your child, and work on the math skills and reading skills for kindergarten.

4.      Plan Your Homeschool for Your Children

Remember that it is your homeschool. It is your homeschool so plan it for your children. When I chose my preschool themes, I chose things that my twins are truly interested in. For example, my son loves construction and our area is constantly building, so it will be an easy theme to teach for me.

 

5.      Plan Extracurricular Activities

In order to have a great homeschool preschool, include extracurricular activities for your children. Think weekly library storytime or craft activities.

The parks and recreation center usually has free and low-cost activities to join. My twins will be doing a cooking class, swimming class, and soccer.

This will not only give them the chance to socialize, but also practice gross motor skills which are important for preschool development.

6.      Decide on your end goals

At the end of preschool, your child should be ready for kindergarten. If you aren’t sure of what your child needs to do to prepare for kindergarten, get my free preschool planner which tells you all of the skills that you need to practice on.

7.      Incorporate Field Trips

Think of simple places that you can go that relates to your theme. Besides the library, there are many places in the community that are free to visit. Even a trip to the post office can be a field trip and you can talk about mail, packages, and sending a letter. I also like seasonal trips such as the pumpkin patch, picking fruit, etc.

Your child is still learning even if they aren’t at home.

8.      Plan for Fun

Remember that it should be fun. I plan painting parties, we use playdough to learn our sight words, and in general I just try to make our learning time fun. Although we do printable worksheets, I want the overall learning experience to be fun for my twins.

In my ten plus years of teaching, I noticed that my students always learned more and were more engaged when I made it fun.

So sing a silly song to practice counting, make up silly words that rhyme, just have fun!

9.      Schedule Downtime

Don’t forget to include downtime in your schedule. Give your child time to play independently and explore. I am not always “teaching” my twins, instead I give them the freedom to play and create their own games. Even if they were at a traditional preschool, they would get time to move freely from each center area and play by themselves.

      10.  Connect with other Moms

               As a stay at home mom it is sometimes hard to connect with other moms. So when you are out at storytime or an activity, take the time to connect with other moms.  This will help you not only socialize your preschooler, but also make homeschool preschool fun for you as well. I love being able to connect with other moms and share the joys and struggles of mom life.

 

Preschool activities at home should be fun and engaging for you and your child. Use these tips to have the most amazing preschool year for your child!