Are wondering what your preschooler can be learning? Here is a checklist to help you have a successful preschool at home.
Things your Preschooler Can Be Learning
If you are wanting to teach preschool at home, here are a few things to keep in mind. Ages 3-5 is a wide spectrum of development. While some three-year olds are ready for letters, other kids are better suited working on something simpler.
Preschool is a great time to begin gentle, intentional teaching. Furthermore, natural learning opportunities present themselves every day which makes for great teaching opportunities.
Since sharing our journey of homeschool preschool, I have been asked numerous times, “What exactly are you teaching?” OR “What specifically, can I teach my preschooler?”
Based on your child and their needs, here is a detailed list of things you can be working on…
Things Preschooler Can Learn at Home
1. Calendar: This area includes days of the week, months of the year, seasons, weather, rainbows/colors. (These can easily be learned through songs, memorization, and drawing.)
2. Personal Information: This is understanding and naming relationships (grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, etc), naming and identifying emotions, knowing and naming body parts, spelling/writing their name, demonstrating knowledge of self care, and differentiating between right and left.
3. Letters: This is learning uppercase letters, lowercase letters, letter sounds, and upper and lowercase pairing. (Pic: Preschool Daily Skill Builder)
4. Math: Recognizing numbers, matching, counting, shapes, patterns, coins, tally marks, ten frames, positional words, and addition and subtraction using objects. (Pic: Preschool Learning Folder)
5. Writing: This involves holding a pencil, prewriting practice, writing fluency, as well as, beginning letter and number formation. (Pic: Prewriting Book)
6. Reading: If they have mastered letters, they can begin identifying vowels, beginning and ending sounds, and sight words.
7. Fine Motor: This involves learning things like scissor cutting, painting and drawing, stacking and building, pincer skills (coordination between index finger and thumb), as well as, operating buttons and zippers. (Many of these things can be learned through play.)
8. Gross Motor: These are large motion skills like balancing on one foot, tricycle riding, tossing and catching a ball, walking up and down stairs while alternating feet, and skipping with a halt.
9. Character: Character training starts with building attention spans, bringing an awareness of right and wrong, honesty, and cooperative play.
10. Music: Differentiating the sounds in music as high or low, loud or soft, as well as, fast or slow. Also identifying basic instruments, as well as, being able to sing in unison.
Download the Preschool at Home Checklist
Printable Resources for Preschool at Home
- Preschool Learning Folder– This is a learning folder we used before the writing stage. Our kids matched the pieces and worked on their fine motor skills while learning the concepts.
- Preschool Daily Skill Builder– This covered all the subjects, as well as, introduced writing.
- Prewriting Books- These books were great for beginning writing. With this resource, they were able to learn and practice the basic lines and shapes needed for letter formation.
Don’t Forget to Read Aloud
Lastly, if you do nothing else, read to your child! (Fifty Top Literacy Statistics) It has been statistically proven that children who are regularly read to, from an early age have a significant academic advantage.
Keep Your Preschool at Home Simple
Preschool is such a fun time, let your kid be kids. Here are a few simple tricks to make your homeschool preschool a good experience:
- Let them play! Giving them ample time to play is essential because kids process information through play.
- Teach life skills. Take advantage of the daily opportunities to teach your kids how to tie their shoes, brush their teeth correctly, or make a sandwich. These things may seem insignificant but they are things they will need to learn.
- Have a daily routine. Kids find so much comfort in familiarity. By giving them a basic routine they are able to grow in their habits and academics.
What preschool concepts are you kids learning at home?
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