How to Confidently Homeschool Preschool and Kindergarten (Without Fear!)

Are you intimidated by the idea of teaching your preschooler or kindergartner? That's TOTALLY NORMAL! SO many of us are scared and overwhelmed by homeschooling this age group. Love this mom's suggestions for how to find the peace, freedom (and confidence) to homeschool preschool and kindergarten well (and have FUN too)!

My Best Tip for Homeschooling Preschool and Kindergarten

Stop with the concerns about what to teach, and spend way more time on how to teach kids in this age group.

And that “how to teach” is really, really simple. Ready?

It’s all about play

Now, if you’re anything like the me that existed when my oldest was in this stage, I know you’re probably only half-listening to me when I say this. You want to pull out the Shakespeare for Toddlers and Physics for the Preschool Years books NOW.

But looking back now ten years and three more kids later, I promise that this is not the way to go.

Make school a game for kids this age! Explore lots of different topics. Read a TON. Don’t push if they’re not ready.

Most of all, just relax and let learning come through discovery and play. Make it fun!

Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Teaching Tools

homeschool preschool learning activities101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever!

by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

Speaking of having fun… I can’t think of a better book than Holly Homer and Rachel Miller’s 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever!

Holly and Rachel (editors of the amazing Kids Activities Blog) are a wealth of info and they share so many great ideas in this book!

Many of these activities go way beyond the preschool and kindergarten teaching age. You’ll want to do these with your older kids too!

 


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100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids

by Kim Vij and Amanda Boyarshinov

This book is packed with innovative and exciting ways to engage kids in learning, but my favorite part? Each of the activities uses everyday household items.

As a mom, you know how important that is! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve never done “the perfect learning craft or activity” because it required that I run to the store to grab supplies.

100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids uses things like tin cans, rocks, plastic bottles and construction paper–things already in our homes!–to put together these fun learning moments for kids.

In addition, the activities in the book cover a wide variety of topics and use several learning methods to teach these concepts in fun, innovative ways. Super fun for the preschool and kindergarten crowd!


homeschool kindergarten curriculumWrite Through the Bible, Jr

by Intoxicated on Life

$17.00 (digital download)

$27.00 (printed version)

If your child is ready to start learning basic handwriting skills, then I’d start with this excellent, Bible-based handwriting curriculum (you can see my review here of this program).

I love that it’s a gentle way to slowly introduce handwriting skills (when a child is ready), practice fine motor skills and to incorporate sharing about character qualities/principles at the same time. You can purchase the book as either a digital download here or as a printed version on Amazon. 


teaching kids to read in homeschool preschoolAll About Reading and All About Spelling

by All About Learning

Price varies depending on packages

Many kids are eager to start reading at this age (especially if they have older siblings)!

If so, I highly recommend All About Reading and All About Spelling. This curriculum is very systematic and thorough in how it teaches, while still giving moms lots of flexibility in how fast to teach it (and even what exactly to teach on a given day).

All About Reading and All About Spelling also include lots of hands-on activities and games to make the time fun, which I think is especially important at this age. They also have a “Pre-Reading” version of the reading program that is excellent.


homeschool preschool learning toolsKoala Crate

by Kiwi Crate

Prices vary based on subscription package

Koala Crate is a subscription service that delivers hands-on learning to kids every month. Each month offers a new theme (going on a safari, learning colors, etc) full of fun activities to do or make with your preschooler.

If you are familiar with Kiwi Crate, this is the version for preschoolers. This is a super fun way to play and learn with kids! They love getting their “special surprise” in the mail each month!


 

 Preschool Fiction Books

Oh, there are a plethora of books, educational movies and other media to include here! Here are our family’s favorite for the Pre/K crowd.

Our Favorite Preschool Book Author: Eric Carle

I don’t know how you escape this age without reading Eric Carle’s wonderful books! Of course, his most famous book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but we enjoy all of his titles–everything from The Grouchy Ladybug, The Tiny Seed, Mister Seahorse, Pancakes, Pancakes!, to Walter the Baker. Here are links to not only The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and all its fun resources!) but also the book sets for some of our favorite Eric Carle titles.

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Eric-Carle-Mini-Library--WEBThe Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set You've got to see this list of Preschool and Kindergarten teaching tools! Lots of wonderful recommendations here from a homeschool mom of four. Are your favorites listed? Vibrant HomeschoolingMy Very First Library by Eric Carle

 

And of course there’s so many other awesome fiction titles! Here are others our kids love:

We also love introducing our youngest kids to some of our favorite book “friends.”

homeschool preschool fiction booksCurious George Books homeschool preschool fiction booksMadeline Series
homeschool preschool fiction booksBerenstain Bears series homeschool preschool fiction booksDr. Seuss beginner books
homeschool preschool fiction booksKaty and the Big Snow, The Little House,   Mike Mulligan by Virginia Lee Burton homeschool preschool fiction booksMake Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, etc by Robert McCloskey
homeschool preschool fiction booksGo, Dog, Go and others by P.D. Eastman homeschool preschool fiction booksOscar, Cat About Town, Bonnie’s Big Day, etc in James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

 

Kindergarten and Preschool Non-Fiction Books

There’s nothing like these amazing books from Usborne! I love how interactive they are! My four-year-old can’t get enough of the Shine a Light books, the Lift the Flap books, and the Sticker Dress Up books (for boys and girls!). Here are some of our favorites.

Preschool Resources to Teach About the Bible

You've got to see this list of Preschool and Kindergarten teaching tools! Lots of wonderful recommendations here from a homeschool mom of four. Are your favorites listed? Vibrant Homeschooling

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name is a wonderful way to introduce your kiddos to the great Bible stories.

Some kids are reading by Kindergarten (and may even be ready for a regular Bible at this point), but most still love reading from this wonderful re-telling. There’s also an audio CD version of the stories, which makes it a simple way to share Bible stories while traveling around town.

Plus, we also love all of the books from the Little Blessings Series!

homeschool preschool curriculumWhat Is God Like? homeschool preschool curriculumWho is Jesus? 
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Preschool Fiction Books

 

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The Leap Frog Movies (Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory, Phonics Farm, Number Land, etc) have given all my kids their first introduction to phonics and reading.

Kids love to watch them over and over… and you’ll find yourself singing the little ditties. But that’s kind of the point. 🙂

homeschool preschool curriculumSpeaking of little ditties… our Pre/K kids get their first taste of scripture memorization by listening to the wonderful Hide ‘Em In Your Heart CDs.

These are wonderful, and I find myself singing these songs when I run across some of the scriptures!

Other Preschool and Kindergarten Teaching Resources

And of course… there’s no end to the resources! We take a trip several times a month to the library and let the kids load up on whatever books interest them.

We also make sure to have lots of what I call “the toddler essentials” in stock around our home: bubbles, sidewalk chalk, coloring books, crayons, play dough, measuring cups/spoons, LEGO Duplo–whatever lets them practice their fine motor skills, express themselves and have fun!

Pinterest has plenty of ideas as well. Here are the links to my boards on General Preschool and Toddler teaching tools, including sensory buckets and busy bags; and phonics/reading.

You can also see some videos from our preschool and see a “day in the life” at this post.

This mom has done homeschool preschool FOUR TIMES now and gets how to keep homeschool preschool simple, easy and FUN! You've got to see her awesomely simple methods and resources... she shows you through several VIDEOS in this post!!

Relax, enjoy and explore with your little one during this time!

And I pray that these resources will help you do just that!

 

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Bonnie Rose - May 30, 2015 Reply

Thanks for the mention!

Kendall Patton - July 11, 2016 Reply

So far we read books and play and do whatever activities come up. Monkey Boy is 3 now and oh so very very active and busy and moving All.The.Time, so I’m hoping I can find a local group of homeschoolers that might let us tag along at least 1-2x/wk to help him get his energy out, while also continuing his learning through play. I do worry a bit now that we have 2 and will likely add more, but I suppose it’ll all just come and happen at some point 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - July 13, 2016 Reply

    That sounds great! That sounds like you’re doing a great job so far. Make it about play, and make it about fun! Enjoy this time!

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