How to Create the Best Homeschool Preschool Curriculum
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Do you want to use or create the best preschool curriculum for your child?
If so, you’re not alone. We all want our kids to have the best resources to learn from. The thing is, no one curriculum is perfect for every child.
There are different things to take into consideration such as your child’s learning style, what they’re ready to learn, and how you wish to teach them.
This post will help you to decide on what is right for your family and I’m also going to share with you what we’re doing for preschool with our 4-year old son (scroll to the end for that).
6 Tips for Creating the Best Preschool Curriculum for Your Child
As mentioned above, there isn’t going to be one curriculum that suits every child. For that reason, it is important to forge your path using the tips below.
#1 Understand How Your Child Learns Best
Each one of us has our own unique learning style and that includes your child. The way in which you learn best may not be the same as how your child learns best.
Knowing and understanding your child’s learning style will really help to guide you towards appropriate curriculum choices.
You’ll be able to read reviews and curriculum outlines and be able to pinpoint the kind of learning style it caters to.
This quiz can help you to determine the learning style of your child. It is quick and easy to take and will give you the answers that you need to move forward.
The Importance of Play
No matter what your child’s learning style is, the most important thing to consider during the preschool age is how much undirected play you’re allowing your child.
It is a common misconception that children learn the best sitting doing workbooks and planned activities.
In truth, the very best way in which your child will learn is through play.
This has been proven over and over again through research and science. In many countries, formal education does not start until age 7 or 8.
For that reason, don’t stress about how much school work your preschooler gets done. There is no right or wrong.
Just go off of their cues and encourage as much play as possible.
#2 Do Some Research
Once you know your child’s learning style and have considered how you’d like to teach (read more about that here) then it’s time to start reviewing what curriculums are available.
However, don’t feel as though you HAVE to use any curriculum. You can easily get by using free printables from Pinterest or Teachers Pay Teachers and fun games.
If you’d like the guidance and structure that a curriculum will give, then below are several popular options.
Popular Curriculum Choices:
I have not personally had experience with all of these curriculums, but I know from homeschooling circles that they are well-loved and recommended.
This is the curriculum that I did my homeschooling with as a child. It is made for a classroom situation and is not made with a homeschooling situation.
In saying that, it works well for many homeschooling families. The workbooks are bright and colorful and very comprehensive.
You can read more about Abeka HERE.
Sonlight is a popular Christian curriculum choice, especially for preschool-aged children.
It is a comprehensive program that is aimed to instil a love for learning in your child.
They have both a Preschool level (ages 3-4) and a Pre K level (ages 4-5).
It is definitely on the pricer side, but you get a ton of resources and everything planned out for you.
You can read more about Sonlight HERE.
The Good & The Beautiful
This is what we’re currently using with our son. It is what the title says – good and beautiful.
The Good & The Beautiful offers a Pre K workbook & activity pack, a Level K Primer, and a Primer supplement.
The lessons are wonderfully laid out and you as the parent are encouraged to follow your child’s pace. There’s no rush to get through the lessons at all.
The benefit to this curriculum is the ability to download it in PDF form and print it from home.
For international families (like us) this proves much more cost-effective than paying for shipping.
You can read more about The Good and The Beautiful HERE.
Horizons is a workbook-based curriculum. I’ve often seen their math program recommended in several different homeschooling groups.
I think the easy “open and go” spiral learning system makes it very appealing to many families.
Their workbooks are colorful and the do a preschool curriculum.
You can buy it as a bundle deal or buy workbooks and resources separately.
You can read more about Horizons HERE.
#3 Know Your Child’s Interests
Preschool is the perfect time to take more of an “unschooling” approach if you wish to.
Learn about what your child loves and follow those rabbit trails.
Go to the library and get out books about whatever they’re interested in and then read them together.
You could also look up educational videos on Youtube and help them learn that way.
We all retain information better when we have an interest in the subject that we’re learning about. Take full advantage of that when it comes to your preschooler.
#4 Take a No-Pressure Approach
Knowing that the very best learning your preschooler can do is through play, it is so important to not put pressure on them to advance in academics.
That applies to you as well. Don’t take the expectations of others and put them on yourself. This is your child that YOU have been given to parent. It does not matter what others think.
You know your child best.
Personally, I want to use this time to foster a love for learning. Putting undue pressure on my child to perform to the standards of others is a sure way to work against that.
Can you teach your child at this age? Yes, obviously, but if they say they are done for the day then, by all means, let them go and play.
#5 Use Free Printable Homeschool Curriculum
If you just can’t find a curriculum that fits your needs, why not just use free printables? You can find a ton of them on Pinterest.
Another great resource is Totschooling. They offer a growing library of free printables for your toddler-kindergartener.
I like to use free printables for my 3-year old. It gives her something to do while I work with her older brother and helps her to feel included.
I have an Epson Ecotank 4750 which makes printing at home super economical for us.
#6 Do Lots of Reading
I honestly don’t think you can read to your children too much. The benefits extend so far!
Not only will it grow their imagination, increase their vocabulary, and grow their love for literature, but it is also a wonderful time for family bonding.
Reading is my go-to activity for those times when I am just worn out but my kids are demanding my attention.
I don’t have to think too hard, but they get to cuddle close and be entertained by the words I read.
A great thing to do for your children is to make trips to the library. We go every 2 weeks and it allows the kids to choose their own books based on their own interests.
They all go to bed every night surrounded by books.
Homeschool Curriculum for 4-Year-Olds: What We’re Doing
We’ve just started our homeschooling journey, but I wanted to share what we’ve decided on so far so that you can see what options there are.
We start the day reading from the bible around the breakfast table.
I bought the Candle Bible for Kids from a thrift store a couple of years ago and that’s what we’re using.
I like this list from Simply Charlotte Mason for read-aloud suggestions.
We started using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. This is the book that my mum used to teach both of my younger sisters to read.
While it is a really great resource, after doing several lessons we came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t a great fit for our son.
We’ve now moved onto using the Reading Eggs app and he is LOVING it. He has no idea how much he is learning and thinks it is all just a game.
Jack does that for about 15 minutes in the morning and then if he wants to do more during quiet time in the afternoon, I’ll let him.
Finally, we’re using the Level Pre K Language Arts from The Good and The Beautiful.
I’ve been nothing but impressed with it so far and Jack really loves it too. I love how comprehensive and fun it is.
Once he finishes the Pre K level, we’ll move onto the Level K Primer that they offer and keep doing Reading Eggs alongside it.
The Pre K pack does come with a flipbook for learning letters, but I bought the PDF and already had these flashcards, so that’s what we’re using.
That’s everything and so far schooling is going really well. Jack enjoys it and I absolutely love helping him learn.