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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

These days more parents are deciding to homeschool their children. For many, teaching is a new adventure. And as with any new adventure, there are lots of questions. What is a preschool homeschool curriculum? How do I choose the right curriculum? Where do I find Christian preschool curriculum to use at home? Let’s tackle some of these questions.

A stack of preschool curriculum books

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

During the preschool years, children need a broad foundation to build on. Everything around them presents learning opportunities.

Which means preschool homeschool curriculum can be found everywhere.

What is Preschool Homeschool Curriculum?

I think for most people, the first thing they think of when they hear the word “curriculum” is textbooks or worksheets. While both definitely qualify, curriculum is so much more.

Curriculum is any resource you use to teach your child the things you want them to learn. Resources like books, games, toys, a pet, or trips, can all be part of your curriculum.

Before choosing any resources you need to have an idea of what you want your child to learn and how you want to teach them. (More on that in an upcoming article) Here are a few things that reap huge learning benefits with preschoolers:

  • Read, read and read some more!
  • Talk about everything (Explain why you need four forks for dinner, why you need to water the flowers, what the weather looks like, etc)
  • Have fun learning about shapes, colors, numbers, letters, plants, and animals.
  • Teach your little one social skills and manners.
  • Help them develop their gross and fine motor skills.
  • Teach them how to pray.
  • Guide them in real-life experiences ( shopping, chores, cooking, setting the table)
  • Let them be actively involved in your everyday routines, like talking about dollars and coins when shopping, or letting them help you with some of the meal prep and chores around the house.
  • Help them explore their world. Take trips: to the store, church, the bank, the post office, a park, the lake, a friend’s or relative’s house.
  • Spend lots of time playing inside and out. Child’s play is work. In the words of Mr. Fred Rogers, Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”
a boy pushing a toy truck thru a mud puddle

How Do I Choose the Best Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

Even though a lot of learning takes place naturally, you may still want to supplement your curriculum with additional resources.

When you look into learning resources there are a few things you will want to consider.

Make sure the material:

  • is safe
  • age-appropriate
  • doesn’t go against your views or beliefs
  • geared to your child’s interests and needs
  • easy to use

preschool toys on a shelf in front of a window

Christian Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

These are companies I’ve used over the years for preschool resources.

These Two are Like Giant Christian Bookstores:

Other Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

These companies have all sorts of goodies for preschoolers. These are fun places to get educational toys and games.

A preschool  boy doing an art project

Free Preschool Curriculum

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Others

Other Places to Find Resources

You can find some amazing resources (toys, books, games, dress-up clothes, art supplies, science projects…) from places like:

  • Thrift Stores
  • Yard Sales
  • Used Book Stores
  • Library
  • Retail Stores like Target and Walmart
  • Discount stores like Ollies
  • Dollar Store
  • Grocery Stores like Aldis

Also, keep in mind the great outdoors, is probably one of your greatest resources. Nature offers a tremendous amount of things for your child to explore and learn from.

Mom and daughter outside looking at something in their hand

Be sure to check out these homeschool articles:

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Homeschooling Requirements by State

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