I’m currently in the throes of putting together my own homeschool preschool curriculum for Ollie. I’m still sticking with the boxed curriculum from My Father’s World for my second grader, and my kindergartner will be tagging along with him with her own kindergarten phonics and math. I take a very Charlotte Mason approach to the preschool years, but I know that since his siblings are going to be doing more work this year, I need to make sure that I have planned activities for Ollie.
So far, I haven’t finished putting together his curriculum, but I wanted to show you my process if you are planning to put together your own homeschool preschool curriculum for your tot!
How To Plan Your Own Homeschool Preschool Curriculum
Pray over your homeschool year. Ask God to guide you and really think about what you want your preschooler to learn. I think life skills are so important during the early years. Plan to teach your children about community helpers and also involve them in your every day activities.
Habits are so crucial to develop in the early years. Plan to focus on one or two habits every six weeks or so. We do this very fluidly in our home. One week I will really focus on personal hygiene and make sure my preschooler knows how to properly brush his teeth and comb his hair. We will also focus on obedience, which is a big one in our home.
I’m pulling books from my Charlotte Mason preschool book list to read every week. I plan to focus on one book per week. We will have our special Mama/Ollie time and sit down together to enjoy the story. This will be very informal. We may talk about the story, but I’m not planning on drawing anything out with crafts. You can, of course, research and plan crafts for each of your books if you have time.
We will also read a Bible story every day.
We will be doing a letter of the week type of curriculum, but it will also be pretty informal. I’m going to start him with writing in a salt tray. I will make flash cards for each letter of the alphabet and let him practice “writing” in the salt with his finger.
Once he’s ready, there are lots of free tracing sheets available online and I will let him practice writing on those while I’m schooling the older kids.
I will do the same for numbers and we will practice counting, adding, and subtracting informally. I’m planning to make some simple file folder games to occupy him while I’m working with the older ones.
Outside play is also so important for young children. We spend time outside at least a little every day and will do a more formal nature study once a week. We live close to a lake, so it’s easy for us to get outside and study the animals that live close to us. Nature study at this age is pretty informal. Just let them play and observe the world around them.
Music/Art/Fine Motor Skills
Every morning I will choose one simple song to sing. It may be a Bible song or a nursery rhyme. I have a Mother Goose book that is good for pulling nursery rhymes from.
Art will be informal. I make sure to have art supplies on hand. Obviously, you will need crayons and maybe markers, water colors, Play-doh, and other art supplies.
I like to include preschool activity boxes, too.
Putting the Plan All Together
This year I am using My Homeschool Preschool Planner. to put all of my plans together. You can see a video of what’s inside on my YouTube channel.) I love all of the sections, but I can write down the specific things I find online in my binder so that I don’t forget about them. I can also plan out weekly, so I can record which stories I’m planning to read, which songs I’m going to sing with him, and which letter we will be working on. I love having it all mapped out, so all I need to do is look ahead a week before and get all of my preschool resources ready.
The early years should not have to be complicated and you do not need a formal homeschool preschool curriculum to pull it all together. It’s actually kind of fun to put it together yourself and remember there’s no pressure during these early years. Have fun!
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