Home educating your preschooler is a great and high energy season of life. Homeschooling at this age in your family might involve singing songs, park play dates, loving on and playing with younger siblings, and coloring with big crayons. You have been teaching your child since birth but now you feel it’s time to get a more formalized curriculum.
Read a book or two on homeschooling and variation can be overwhelming. Questions abound, and that’s okay. It’s common to have more questions than answers at first, so let’s tackle one of the biggest questions and needs of your homeschooling life– curriculum.
Is there even curriculum for preschoolers? Yes, there are many that are either full preschool curriculum programs or preschool level learning for a specific subject.
What books should I use? This is often influenced by what style you are choosing from Charlotte Mason, living books, traditional style, or even a more eclectic style with the structure of a curriculum. The list below covers a broad spectrum of curriculum options for your family so you can find something that fits your style.
We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a Preschool curriculum choice, and we compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.
The response was wonderful and so many great options. We have compiled a top ten list that will ease your stress level and start your homeschooling off to a bang!
Here are the top 10 choices for Preschool Curriculum
- Before Five in a Row Preschool From FIAR’s website– This important product has two sections: the first presenting 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4+. The second presents an entire treasury of learning readiness activities intended to be used in your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime, bath time and more.
- Rod and Staff From the website– “This series provides preparation material. Six workbooks give practice in coloring, cutting, pasting, and following directions while learning neatness and carefulness with books. The storybook gives auditory and oral practice for the child.”
- Abeka Provided structure curriculum for 18-24 month, 2 year, and 3 year old. From the website– “Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”
The extra fun part for our littlest homeschooling students is you can go at any speed your wish. Slow it down and add in lots of enrichment projects and field trips. Speed it up for a child that is thriving and wants to learn faster than average.
Creating a homeschooling environment in you home that matches your family is paramount this year. From simple and sweet, basket time in the morning, to baking in the afternoon. Perhaps a more structured style that blends with your other children’s learning is needed and you have to integrate multiple grades. Your family is special and wonderful. Take the time to find what works for you with the help of other families that have been there and have graciously passed along their knowledge.
- All about Reading Preschool
- Timberdoodle Preschool
- A Year of Playing Skillfully- The Homegrown Preschooler!
No matter what you choose have fun and enjoy the beginning of a wonderful homeschooling journey. Preschool is a delightful time of your child’s life when the world is bright, big, and wonderful. You are who they look up to, to guide them through this blessed life. Enjoy!
This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.
Also, check out “Back to Homeschool for Preschool Moms” on the Teach Them Diligently blog for even more tips and helps for homeschooling preschool. Click here to read that article now.