Although it can be exhausting and trying at times, preschool is probably my favorite age to teach. They are just like little sponges and love to soak up everything you throw at them. Its so fun to see the little light bulb go off in their head and things start to click. I also believe that building a solid foundation during these early years is essential to them before they enter the Kindergarten and Elementary years. Over the last several weeks, I have gathered resources to help you build a solid foundation during these preschool years and today I am putting them all in one place.
I am a firm believer in letting little ones play to learn as much as possible. While I encourage learning during those early years, I am pretty lax as far as a structured learning time goes. Most times I leave the game choices up to my little one or I just let them play with puzzles that stimulate their learning. However, there are times that we have “game days” for our homeschool and on those days I have a plan of action. I have included many of our favorites on this list.
Colors are probably the first “subject” little ones are taught. If you’re like me, you are constantly pointing out the colors of different objects around the house or outside as you drive down the road. I am always saying, “See that big, red barn?” or “Look how pretty those yellow flowers are!” I want them to know that colors are more than just crayons, so I make them applicable to real life. However, it doesn’t hurt to get them used to working on papers.
After we master the basic colors, I start really focusing on shapes with preschoolers. The nice thing about shapes is that they are also a color, so it just reinforces the colors as we learn. Shapes are so much fun to teach and this is when I bring in puzzles and other fun objects to help. While I do point out the shapes of every day objects at home my littles need to learn to work on their handwriting and papers too. This list should help you get started.
Numbers are probably my least favorite “subject” to teach preschoolers. Some of them pick it up very easily, while others struggle. I have both in my house. All of them picked up counting easily and several of them recognized numbers early on. A couple of them have always been quick with math even. And yet one of them struggles to recognize numbers above 6. It is a constant battle, that we will conquer; however, it is the reason I dislike teaching numbers the most. Regardless of whether your children recognize them easily or struggle, this set of resources are a great starting point.
Whether you choose to teach the seasons as one encompassing unit or as they roll around, I find this theme the most fun to teach. There are so many different activities, crafts and even recipes you can experiment with for each season. This is a great list of free printables to use whether as a full unit or throughout the year.
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.