Preschoolers are like energetic sponges that usually can’t focus for longer than 15 minutes at a time. They don’t adhere to a strict plan or routine. They don’t care if you spent lots of money on an AMAZING Preschool curriculum. All they want to do is play, create, and be hands-on. They want to be involved, get your attention, and feel like they belong. I have learned a lot from my first year of homeschooling my daughter. Through many trials, tribulations, and amazing memories, I want to share with you my 5 Favorite Ways to Teach Preschool at Home.
Books, Books, and More Books!
Again, as I’m sure you all have learned by now I am all about BOOKS! They are the core of how I teach my children, and myself. Reading is so vital for me in my homeschool. We do read-alouds, our rooms have book bins, we have books spilling out of our bookshelves, and mommy is always reading. I find most teachers and homeschoolers have a similar love of books. You can learn from books, you can escape reality for a while with books, and even find a new hobby or interest. So books are a must!
For example, I was overwhelmed when I first started homeschooling. Why? The curriculum I bought had the LONGEST book list, and most of them I didn’t’ have. Which meant I felt like I had to buy them ALL. Which cost a lot of money that I didn’t have…
So I discovered this handy place called the Library!!! Yay! My favorite place to bring the kiddos to explore new books. Also, I have found that for our read-alouds audiobooks do just fine! For my own personal books, I have converted to a kindle paperwhite to save space in my small home.
However you get the books, they are a fantastic resource that can fill a lot of different needs. This is my #1 Must-Have in my 5 Favorite Ways to Teach Preschool at Home. My rule of thumb, ask yourself is there a book for that? Here are a few book lists we have put together for you on the blog as a starting point:
- 10 Spring Books and Crafts for Your Classroom
- 35 Chapter Book Series for Elementary Students
- 10 Winter Stories and Crafts for Kids
Easy Book Work & Worksheets
Moreover, don’t spend a TON of money on book work! It’s a waste! I did this and I wish I had listened to all the veteran homeschoolers who said not to lol. (Ps. this is me telling you to listen and not make my mistakes lol) So with that disclaimer being said, let me share my wisdom with you. Target, Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, and of course, ETTC are your friends!
For example, some of my most used book work are cheap Target dollar spot workbooks on Nature, ABC’s, Tracing books, etc. We also love the Highlights Pre-k Workbook. Pinterest has TONS of free printables ranging from hundreds of subjects. Teachers Pay Teachers also had TONS of free and paid printables.
However, printables in general will be your friend since you can print as many as you need. And of course! Education to the Core had tons of great resources for you, both FREE. (so join our mailing list. *wink wink*) and also some paid resources. Visit our Resource Library (code = ETTC2020) to get access to a TON of free resources. 😍
Here is a list of our favorite ETTC Resources:
Furthermore, hands-on Learning activities are some of my kid’s FAVORITE activities! Preschool age kids LOVE to get hands-on, down and dirty, and in the thick of it learning. They are balls of energy just waiting to let it loose! So if you are having a tough learning day where your kiddo won’t sit still, or you just have a kid who struggles to concentrate, then hands-on learning activities are a great resource for them! This is a must for my 5 Favorite Ways to Teach Preschool at Home.
Our most recent find is these Montessori apple counting thingies (I know such a great word choice there lol). We were learning about the letter A this week, and I themed the whole week around Apples! So I found these cool counting apples on Amazon.
Here some fun ways you can use them:
- Color Sorting
- Color Matching
- STEM Activities -they come with STEM activity cards!
- Apple Washing Bins
But really any hands-on Activity will be exciting for your preschooler. If you want activity/STEM ideas here’s a great blog post 4 Fantastic Learning Activities for Preschoolers
APPS For Education!
Now I know not everyone who homeschools will agree with me, but I love technology! (When used correctly and responsibly.) My daughter has learned so much from educational applications on her Ipad. I know, I know, screentime is a no, no! Not in my house friend, sorry not sorry lol. What I teach her is fun, but the apps help enforce what I teach when I’m busy, working, cleaning, doing other mom and wife responsibilities.
I have only downloaded educational games and applications on her Ipad, except for Roblox, which is her one non-educational app. But really it has helped her learn hand-eye coordination, and even how to move and control a character. So, yes even Roblox has a role to play in her learning. But in all seriousness, I have found some amazing apps that we love, and have improved her learning, vocabulary, beginner reading comprehension, and more!
Instead of listing them all out for you, here is a blog post I wrote about it if you’d like to learn more:
Life Is Our Greatest Teacher
Finally, if I’m being honest, you’re dealing with a preschooler who just wants to play and live life! They want to snuggle, play, create, and learn constantly. Something that took me quite a while to learn, is that life is my child’s greatest teacher. My daughter loves to help me cook dinner, my son likes to grab the broom and ‘help’ sweep the house. They see what you’re doing, and they want to mimic it. They see you reading and want to grab a book too. They see you taking care of the home or classroom and want to help!
This is a great lesson to learn if your feeling overwhelmed with all the things you think you should be teaching your preschooler. Although education is important, letting a kid be a kid is just as important. They will learn through life, through your example, and we as humans have a natural longing to learn.
However you choose to homeschool, whatever brings your child joy, and creates a wonderful atmosphere for learning, I hope my 5 Favorite Ways to Teach Preschool at Home helped bring you comfort, ideas, new memories, and life lessons. There is so much I could talk about and get into, but then I’d be writing a book instead of a blog post lol.
Written By: Brittany Coleman
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