This back to school season is an exciting one for me. My husband and I have made the choice to homeschool our preschooler rather than send her to preschool 2 days a week. We did send our oldest to preschool for two mornings a week when he was 4 ½, but our situation is different now-where we live, how much preschool costs in our area, and the needs of our children. Each of us has to decide if paying for preschool is worth it for our child.
Deciding whether or not to send your child to preschool can be tough, but you do not have to send your child to preschool for them to be fully prepared for Kindergarten!
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I know from my oldest, that he was fully prepared for preschool and Kindergarten just with the simple activities that I have always done with the kids at home. In a way, I am always a part-time homeschool mom with all of my children because I supplement their learning so much at home. It is fun to learn together and when we use simple activities and tools to teach our children at home, the task is less intimidating.
Whether you are a first time homeschool mom, or one who is looking for new ideas and resources to use in your preschool homeschool, I have a great list here for you! These are some of my favorite learning activities for preschool at home. They will be the core activities that we will use in our preschool homeschool this year. So exciting!
Now for the 40+ Preschool Activities!
LITERACY ACTIVITIES: READING AND WRITING
Personalized children’s books
are a fun way to get your child excited about learning. At the end of this list is a giveaway for you that includes personalized gifts!
A DIY felt board
that can stick to the front of the fridge creates a learning space in the kitchen that allows children to explore shapes, story characters and retelling or simple songs and chants
Children love to learn the names of their favorite animals. This activity teaches a child to read animal names with simple animal names tags
. It’s a fun way to add literacy to their play.
Children will enjoy creating their own book
that teaches them to be thankful. This is a great multi-disciplinary activity that helps children write and create their own book.
Explore science concepts and engage your preschooler in science discussion using this activity for making DIY sensory bottles
from old baby bottles. This activity explores measurement, chemistry, and color mixing.
Do you have a child who loves learning about dinosaurs? This book-based activity about dinosaur tracks
includes steps for creating your own DIY dinosaur footprint sponges for painting. Included are links to an entire book-based dinosaur activity series.
You can set up your own scale
for exploring and comparing the weights of objects. This is a great activity for learning about the concept of “greater than/less than.”
Kids get exercise and learn basic concepts with these fantastic DVDs and CDs for kids
that I had the chance to try out with my children. They are a favorite to listen to and watch in our house.
This sensory activity is also a gross motor challenge! Try playing with shaving cream indoors to get moving and work on balance…plus have a little messy sensory fun
Play hopscotch indoors with a DIY yoga mat hopscotch game
whether you have a rainy day, or are just looking to move to get some wiggles out before a table activity. This is great for learning balance, counting and taking turns.
Journaling is something that preschool kids can do! Creating a simple journal
for daily drawing or writing practice is a great keepsake as well.
Try the idea in this list
for expanding a child’s creativity by providing a simple large canvas for them to paint on using a drop cloth or scrap of fabric.
Preschool kids can practice creating and writing their name by making these DIY thank you notes
using gift wrap scraps-perfect for holiday time!
Sensory bins are fairly simple to set up and children can really explore. This simple oats and salt sensory bin
idea also links you to the 40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers Series-you will never run out of sensory ideas with that list!
No matter the age of a child, water play is always fun! Children can explore scooping, pouring, volume, measurement, comparison and sensory play with these tips for playing with water indoors
You don’t need to spend a lot on dress up clothes to give your child chances to explore and learn in pretend play. Try this idea for creating DIY dress up vests
that can be personalized.
Make some DIY jumbo building blocks
and your child can build using their engineering skills as well as play with their creations in fun ways. You will laugh when you see what my kids built!
I See Me Personalized Children’s Books has a back to school special
The books include durable, thick pages, colorful illustrations, your child’s
photo and name, plus a special message from you to remember the occasion.
The book we have 1-2-3 Blast Off With Me!
teaches numbers, colors, shapes, and letters. I was able to personalize the book with my preschool child’s name, and photo so it could be a special memento of her preschool year at home. I was very impressed with the convenient size and durability of the personalized book. It is very sturdy-it survived our road trip from California to Oregon and back! The personalized gifts for kids from I See Me will be a favorite in your house.
I See Me offers children’s books and an array of personalized gifts to get your child learning about basic concepts and building self-esteem by getting to read books that include them! I See Me offers a variety of personalized gifts such as lunch boxes, growth charts, coloring books, puzzles and more!
You can enter for a chance to win a great Back to School prize package below!
Over $3,300 in Prizes.
10 winners will receive an ultimate Back to School Bundle.
Each bundle is valued at $333.76 and contains:
· A gift certificate for two I See Me! personalized books ($69.98)
· A Portrait Package from Picture People ($54)
· A 3-month subscription from Little Passports ($41.85)
· Gift Pack from Chronicle Books ($51.97)
· Little Kid Combo from Mabel’s Labels ($42)
· Demolition Wrecking Ball from SmartLab Toys ($29.99)
· Craft Kit, Sticker Roll and Puzzle from Mudpuppy ($43.97)
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