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If you’ve been around here for any time at all, you know that I don’t have preschoolers anymore. Still, I don’t think you can be a part of the homeschooling community without hearing about all fun learning options there are for preschoolers.

While the article A Homeschool Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten sums up my ideal vision of homeschooling preschool, I’m not going to lie – there is something exciting about introducing young kids to all those new and exciting preschool concepts – letter and number recognition; days, weeks, and months; the concept of time (yesterday, today, and tomorrow).

Resources for Homeschooling Preschool

And, hands-on science and nature study? That’s fun stuff for little ones, y’all! It’s hard not to want to do everything.

So, while I don’t have preschoolers anymore, I thought I’d share some of the resources I’ve used in the past or new ones that make me wish I had a preschooler again – the stuff we’d use for fun, low-key learning together.

Letter of the Week

When my kids were little, we loosely followed the Letter of the Week curriculum. I really liked that there were book suggestions for each letter. I used this with my niece, too. Because we had moved our homeschool from our basement to our dining room by that time, I created a portable preschool learning center for her that worked really well.

We added a number, color, and shape to her board, as well. I rotated those out less frequently than the letters, which worked really well for her. At least I think it did. It’s been awhile.

Another great addition to any type of Letter of the Week curriculum would be the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD. For a long time, it was my standing gift for any preschooler’s birthday. I loved that video when my kids had it! It really made letter recognition and letter sounds entertaining and easy to remember.

To add even more hands-on learning fun, check out this tutorial to make a fabric alphabet:

ABC Snacks: Eating Your Way Through the Alphabet

If you’re doing Letter of the Week or something similar, why not tie in a themed snack day once a week? It’s fun, educational, and preschoolers want to snack throughout the day, so it’s win-win.

The ABC Snacks series from All About Learning is free and each recipe includes tips for including pre-reading skills. Not only that, but the recipes are ones that your preschooler can help prepare, offering a little life skills lesson and time with Mom.

Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

I thought this preschool daily learning notebook from Confessions of a Homeschooler was just the cutest idea! It made me wish – just for a second or two – that I had preschoolers again. Then, I remembered how easy and independent my teens are and I recovered. But, still, if I had a little one again, I would totally want to print out these free learning pages for him or her.

Nature Study

Because science is often so hands-on, it makes a naturally engaging activity for curious preschoolers. Nature study can provide one of the easiest ways to incorporate science concepts into a homeschool program for little ones. Two of my all-time favorite resources for nature study are the book, Nature in a Nutshell and the Outdoor Hour Challenges at Handbook of Nature Study.

Bible study

My teens and I still use the scripture memory box system, but its simplicity lends itself well to preschoolers all the way through adulthood. I also really liked Bible Study Guide for All Ages for many years. It covers entire books of the Bible at a time, but the primary student activity pages break the lessons down in easy-to-understand lessons for young kids – and the coloring part of the page is just fun!

What are some preschool resources that you have used and loved?

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  1. This is such a great post, Kris, filled with so much preschool goodness. I have one left and we will officially start preschool in the new year. I’ll be using All about Learning’s pre-reading curriculum and didn’t know about the free snack activities – that is just up my street! After leaving this message I shall be visiting all the links you have left. Thank you – this is so helpful!

  2. I loved the calendar that mama’s learning corner has. She has a basic preschool and a kinder/1st grade version that is a little more advanced. It’s similar to the calendar from Letter of the Week, just less visually stimulating. And thisreadingmama and themeasuredmom also have some awesome stuff for preschoolers that I’ve used in the last year. Those two have a lot of advice from their “former” careers for LOTS of hands-on teaching the alphabet, pre-reading skills, up to the basics of reading.

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