Starting homeschooling early can be a wonderful way to ease your family (and extended family and friends) into the idea of learning at home!
Often the question then arises of “What curriculum do I use for preschool?”
There are an overwhelming number of choices for young homeschool moms today, but I want to encourage you to find the option that makes YOU AND YOUR CHILD comfortable and excited about learning at home!
IMO, the best preschool curriculum caters to the hands-on learning style that comes naturally to young children and fuels their instinctual curiosities.
Here are some of my top choices from the current popular options:
Unschooling/Student Lead Learning
Children are naturally curious. When a parent is able to feed that curiosity by exploring a subject further with their child, you’re not only able to delve into a subject in depth, but you’re also able to validate the learner in the process.
Unschooling is great for curious little ones and moms with good research skills who can pull from sources to help their learner understand a concept and creatively expose their child to potentially exciting new ideas.
If you’re interested in unschooling, check out this blog post to learn more!
The Montessori method provides hands on learning through various activities provided by the teacher/mom.
For creative, Pinterest loving moms, this is a wonderful way to teach hands on preschoolers!
Montessori learning does require prep, and it works better with children who do well following directions.
If you’re interested in the Montessori method, search the following terms in Pinterest:
- Alphabet learning activities
- Counting preschool activities
This approach to learning highly values free play, the study of nature and quality literature (living books v. Textbooks). This works well for moms who love the outdoors and good books and who are willing to let learning happen in a non-linear fashion.
If you’re interested in the Charlotte Mason Method of doing preschool, check out:
The most common unit studies are based on science, Bible, history, or literature.
Unit Studies work well for high-energy teacher moms who are able to pull together various resources to form their units.
Unit studies also work well for most students because of the ability to hit multiple learning styles.
If you’re interested in Unit Studies, check out these options:
- My Father’s World (unit studies made easy!)
- Before Five in a Row (picture book unit studies)
- My Little Trees (Bible story and science unit studies)
At this point, there’s a wide array of educational tools available through screens.
When balanced with a child’s need to play and learn through physical activities, this type of learning can be simple and work well for certain children.
And it ultimately provides a chance to learn the same information most preschoolers learn.
Some students can do very well with traditional school at home!
This is a simple method for moms concerned about covering all the information that children would receive in a traditional classroom.
Since preschoolers tend to like more active forms of learning, this can work well broken down into small amounts of sit down time throughout the day.
If you think this might be a fit for you, check out:
Classical conversations is a popular Christian homeschool curriculum and starts with Kindergarten.
This program is memorization heavy, valuing the memorization of basic facts for all subjects in the early years and more in depth application of the ideas in later years. It also provides a community component to learning.
This program works well for moms and children that appreciate a lot of structure as well as that built in community component. And for students that enjoy auditory learning and memorization.
There are many more options for Prehomeschooling. But don’t worry about exploring every option!
You simply need to find something that you think might work and give it a shot.
The “perfect” curriculum is one that makes learning enjoyable for you and your preschooler! So have some fun and don’t sweat the details.