So, you’ve decided to homeschool your preschooler! Congrats! But what do you need to homeschool preschool?
There are so many options for preschool out there, it can be quite intimidating. Some curriculum providers will have you thinking you HAVE to spend thousands of dollars in those early years to educate your child successfully.
That is not true.
You do need to homeschool preschool with a guided plan and a set of learning tools, but you DO NOT have to spend thousands of dollars.
So, what do you need to homeschool preschool?
The following list of tools are my essentials for homeschooling preschool.
Preschoolers require A LOT of manipulatives. Some of our favorites include:
- Magnetic letters
- Foam letters
- Foam numbers
- Magnifying glass
- Counting bears
- Lacing cards
- Playdough or something similar
- Plastic tweezers
- Toys for pretend play (my kids always loved kitchen toys)
I find so many amazing resources for the preschool years online in printable form. Letter or number of the week activities are easy to find and provide enough education for the early years of homeschooling. We don’t believe in using a formal “curriculum” until kindergarten, but we allow our kids to dictate how much they are willing to learn in preschool. Monkey was ready to learn her letters and numbers. Bo, so far, is just starting to become interested in letters, but colors are really what she is interested in right now, so we’re doing a lot with that.
I like to look for printable packs for preschool, rather than individual documents as it can become difficult to keep track of everything you have downloaded if you don’t print it at once.
Art is educational for preschoolers because it helps them imagine, create, and learn how to use their little fingers. Art is the perfect way to practice pre-writing skills. We like to keep these supplies on hand:
- Drawing paper
- Washable paint
- Egg crates
- Pom poms
- Non-toxic glue
- Colored pencils
- Kid-safe scissors
- Plastic baggies
Reading aloud to your preschooler is one of the best ways to educate her/him during this time. Visit the library often and start a collection of your own preschool books. I suggest these durable books.
You’ll want to have a planner on hand to keep track of activities and your goals for each week. You can use the same planner for preschool as you can with older kids. I always liked to use our planner to keep track of when library books were due and what activities we were going to try that week.
Try one of these free printable homeschool planners to get started.
What you need to homeschool preschool doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I usually try to stock up on supplies when they go on sale to cut on costs. Back to school season is the perfect time to save on most of these supplies.