Best Preschool Learning Workbooks to Prepare for Kindergarten

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One problem that many parents face with their preschool homeschool curriculum is printing, running out of ink, and keeping all of the papers neat.

As an educational specialist, I decided to help parents who would prefer a physical book over printables.

I have created a series of preschool workbooks to help prepare your child for school.

Wow, I love these preschool learning workbooks for preschool homeschool curriculum. These are better than the free preschool printables for homeschool since I don't have to worry about printing!

Here are a list of preschool learning workbooks:

Letter Tracing - this book goes over uppercase and lowercase letters, and has 5 pages per letter!

 

Number Tracing-
 Practice writing numbers 0-20.

Picture Tracing-
this preschool workbook helps children practice tracing with fun pictures. There are three different levels that get more difficult as it progresses.

Alphabet Animals Coloring Book-

Practice learning the alphabet by coloring animals A-Z.

 

Toddler Coloring Book

100 large coloring pages that include shapes, colors, uppercase and lowercase letters, and objects. Simple pictures for small children.

 

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What other preschool learning workbooks would you like to see? Leave a comment below.

Hands-On Spelling Practice for Preschool

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I'm always looking for independent and fun activities for my preschool twins. This activity is very low prep and is so much fun.

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Materials:

Die-Cut Letters (we used the small ones)

Alphabet Flashcards

Instructions:

1. Punch out the die cut letters- I would recommend you doing it, since they are very easy to tear. We needed 2 packs of letters for my twins, and to make sure that we had enough letters to spell the words.

2. Spread out the letters and have your child (or you) choose 2-3 cards at a time.

3. Show your child how to pick up the letters and spell the word.

4. Have fun!

My twins loved this activity and it kept them entertained for at least 20 minutes. I recommend having your child work on the floor so they have more room to maneuver. Since the picture is on the card, then your child feels as though they are "reading", which is great for building fluency and confidence.

How do you teach your child spelling? Leave a comment below!

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum: Preschool Star

Do you want to prepare your preschooler for school but don't know where to start?

When I decided to become a stay at home mom and preschool homeschool my twins, I naturally went looking for a resource or curriculum that I could use.

The only problem was that I kept finding resources that were either too easy or too hard for preschool printables. I also didn't want to keep spending our precious homeschool preschool minutes searching online for the perfect printables everyday.

I also saw a lot of fun stand alone activities or letter of the week curriculum.  While those might be an option for a toddler curriculum,  for 3-4 year old preschoolers,  they need more academic focus.  Kindergarten is an important grade, so children need to be prepared.

So I decided to create my own curriculum.

Simple. Engaging. Educational. All for one low price.

What does a unit look like?

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What age group is this for?

I designed Preschool Star for 3 to 4-year olds.

How is this different from everything else?

My preschool homeschool curriculum is based upon the Core Knowledge Standards,  which are research based standards for school readiness.
This means that instead of random activities,  children are learning necessary core skills for school readiness.

Is this a structured program?

Since I'm a stay at home mom, and I have 2 older children,  I knew I wanted flexibility.  I didn't want to deal with a heavily structured program,  but something that wouldn't take more than an hour a day.

It is flexible,  so you choose what you want to use. I also have a Pinterest board for each unit which includes supplemental activities. Note: Some programs make you pay for crafts they have copied online and call it a curriculum, and I didn't want to do that.

I also want to explore the themes and have my children enjoy their learning experience,  so I made each unit a 2 week unit.
Here is a sample lesson plan:

 
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My curriculum includes printables that I created with the Core Knowledge Preschool Standards in mind.
 

What about Math?

Math is an important subject that just doesn't get a lot of time as much as reading.  So I created fun and easy homeschool preschool math lessons which include two grid games for each theme. Grid games are fun games that teach young children math skills by learning how to count up to 10, and up to 20.

 
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I also include number and counting worksheets in each preschool theme unit, so your child is constantly reviewing their math skills.

Are you ready to start Preschool Star?

Don't worry, I've got you covered. Each unit comes with a flexible lesson plan that has a fun, hands-on activity for each subject.

You can buy it as a COMPLETE curriculum- lesson plans, math grid games, printables for one low price.

Or you can try a printable pack for only $2. Each printable pack includes 16-30 pages for a fun preschool theme.

10 Fun Magnets Preschool Unit Activities

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Young children love to play with magnets and see how they work. In my preschool homeschool curriculum, I have included a fun magnet themed unit to explore magnets.

Remember to always supervise your child with magnets, and never give them small pieces while alone.

I personally like to let my children use magnet wands which are easy to hold and a safe alternative than smaller magnets.

Here are 10 fun Preschool Magnet theme activities for your preschool unit:

1. Magnet Powered Car (Science Kiddo)

2. Mining for Magnets (No Time for Flashcards)

3. Magnets and Pipe Cleaners (Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls)

4. Painting with Magnets (Housing a Forest)

5. Magnetic Eggs (Modern Preschool)

 

6. Magnet Discovery Bottles (Preschool Inspirations)

7. Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin (ABCs of Literacy)

8. Magnets & Gravity Experiment (Rookie Parenting)

9. Exploring Magnets Sensory Play (And Next Comes L)

If you need preschool magnet theme printables you can get the 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!

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!

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!