How To Do A Play Based Preschool Curriculum At Home

Hello August! I cannot believe it is already time to start thinking about school!!

With everything going on we have decided to homeschool our daughter, Melina, for preschool. A little bit dissapointing because Melina was so excited to go to school as she lovess meeting new people and making friends.

But with all the restrictions happening in the schools we do not feel that is the type of environment we want her in. Plus I have been toying with the homeschool route for some time now.

As a mom that is new to the idea of homeschooling I did some research and wanted to share our plan for this preschool year in hope that it could help someone who is unsure of what they would like to do also.

Typically most preschool curriculum is based of the skills below:

  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Cutting
  • Coloring
  • Writing letters and numbers
  • Sorting objects
  • Drawing
  • Gluing
  • Sharing
  • Cooperation
  • Taking turns
  • Transitioning from one activity to another
  • Calendar, including the seasons and months of the year
  • Physical activity like running, jumping, skipping, hopping on one foot, and using playground equipment and balls

I have researched several different homeschool curriculums and feel a bit overwhelmed to be honest. There are soooo many to chose from.

Here are a few preschool curriculum’s that I found and wanted to share:

The Good & The Beautiful – Beautifully designed, integrates good character values & faith based into the materials.

Oak Meadow – Imaginative & creative hands on learning. Child led learning.

Earth Schooling – Waldorf inspired focused on teaching the child through the mind, body & spirit.

I really liked each of these but could not find one that I felt was right for us just yet.

For our preschool year, I have decided that it is best to have unstructured learning. I do not want a “lesson plan” each day.

Here is our schedule of the designated weekly theme for our learning at home.

My daughter is a hands on learner and excels when she is given the freedom to explore at her own pace.

So instead I will be gathering materials that align with meeting the typical preschool curriculum and allowing her to explore these materials in her own time with guidance when needed.

We have been implementing Montessori style learning already in our home and will continue to do so with preschool materials.

Montessori learning is child-centered learning that allows the child to learn through various activities offered at their own pace. It encourages a child to be curious to learn more. Meeting the child where they are at and not pressured to meet certain goals.

Read: What Is Montessori & How To Incorporate It Into Your Home

Right now while she is still so young I want to allow her as much freedom as I can with her learning process. I do not feel that it is necessary to “map out” each day on what we will be learning.

Education toys, books, music, exploring nature, hands on activities and social outings will be how we primarily do our learning.

I know for some parents they need the structure and that is fine too! Check out those curriculum’s above!

By having educational toys & books I do not necessarily have to schedule a “learning” time. Anytime that she is hands on with her toys or books she will be learning.

The goal is to allow the child enough freedom in their learning that it does not feel forced. Instead they are empowered by their curiosity to continue to explore thereforexpanding their skills more and more over time.

Our daily schedule & crafts list will be coming soon! Along with our favorite educational books!

Click here for our Daily Schedule!

Here are the items that we plan on incorporating in her learning journey for preschool! Keep in mind that we will be rotating these out every few weeks so she stays intrigued!

Educational Materials For Teaching Preschool Skills At Home

Numbers & Counting

Abacus

  • Great for learning to count to 100
  • Addition/Subtraction
  • Perfect for visual & hands on learners

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Peg Number Boards

  • Number Recognition
  • Counting
  • Fine Motor

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Peg Number Board for Counting

  • Fine Motor Skill
  • Counting

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Super Sorting Pie

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Sorting
  • Counting
  • Colors

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Reading

Montessori Phonetic Letter Blocks

  • Letter Recognition
  • Learn Sight Words
  • How To Sound Out Words

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Melissa & Doug Letter Beads

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Letter Recognition
  • Pattern Building
  • Colors

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Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons

  • Quick daily reading lessons – only do if child seems interested. We are incorporating this but at a very relaxed pace and making it fun!!
  • Step by step guide for parents
  • Highly Recommended from many parents!

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Seasons/Weather/Days of The Week

All About Today Calendar Board

  • Days of the Week/Months
  • Seasons/Weather
  • Understanding of a Clock

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Telling Time

Wooden Shape Sorting Clock

  • Identifying Shapes
  • Number Recognition
  • Basics of a Clock

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Letters

Letter Sensory Board/Alphabet Tracing

  • Builds writing muscle memory
  • Letter Recognition
  • Creative Play – fill letters with beads/rice/beans etc

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Self-Correcting Letter Puzzle

  • Letter Recognition
  • Great for Independent Play
  • Expands Vocabulary

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See & Spell Puzzle

  • Letter Recognition
  • Sight Words

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Alphabet Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Letter & Number Recognition
  • Works on Hand Eye Coordination

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Open Ended Play

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

  • Creative Play
  • Nesting Puzzle
  • Eye/Hand Coordination
  • Identifying Colors

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United States & World Map Jigsaw Puzzles

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Human Body Parts Anatomy Skeleton Puzzle

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Mix’n’Match Wooden Bear Family Dress Up

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Wooden Block Puzzle

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Let’s Cut Paper Kumon

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My First Book of Tracing Kumon

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Some of these items I already have & some I will be ordering very soon to add to our collection.

Currently, we are on a very tight budget, so I will be offering some of these ideas to family and friends for her birthday & Christmas. This is a great way for us to save money and make sure we receive gifts that align with our learning journey.

I also keep my eyes open when we go to thrift stores & used book stores for any items we could use.

Check out my post about our recent Montessori Toys that we thrifted here!

Also we do a bi-weekly toy & book rotation to keep her interest and the learning environment clutter free! If you are not doing a toy rotation I encourage you to look into it!

I hope this post was helpful for showing you that you do not have to have a complete year of materials scheduled out to homeschool your preschooler.

Providing a calm and clutter free learning space that is equipped with the right educational materials will lead your preschooler down the path of great discovery in their learning journey!

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