Now that I have two children who are in third and first grade, I have found that it is more difficult to plan activities for my preschoolers. It is important to me that my preschoolers are included and get their own homeschool preschool time so that they can join in the learning with us. If you are also struggling with how to include your preschoolers in your homeschool day, I have some tips for you!
How To Include Preschoolers in Your Homeschool Day
We always begin our morning with morning time. I have a morning board set up specifically for my preschoolers. We sing songs, go over our character card for the week, and read a Bible verse or nursery rhyme. We also enjoy talking about the weather and the day of the week. This is a good time to introduce the calendar to your preschooler, too.
Once my older homeschool students are in a good groove with their work, I sit down with my preschooler for a little one on one time. One of his favorite activities is our alphabet notebook. We work on one letter per week, and this really takes very little time. He will do 2-3 sections from one page in the book. We talk about the letter, the sound it makes, and the picture on the page and how it begins with that letter. He enjoys using do-a-dot markers to find his letters.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to read aloud to your children, and especially to your preschoolers. A love for reading is born in the young child. My littles are so captivated by stories that we make sure to include this time every day. I often choose classic books from my preschool book lists. There are also time that I will choose to focus on one particular book per week and put together an entire lesson plan around it, like I did with my Brown Bear, Brown Bear preschool lesson plan.
Make a Plan
As I just mentioned, making a plan is key to including preschoolers in your homeschool day. It’s too easy to just let them play, but a plan will help you remember to bring them back to you for a little one on one learning.
I use My Homeschool Preschool Planner to put together monthly themes, and to plan which letters I want to teach. It has been so helpful in helping me get my thoughts together so I don’t forget about my little preschooler!
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Here’s what’s included in My Homeschool Preschool Planner:
- A master supply list of items that are helpful to have on hand
- A Weekly Planner that includes sections for: Calendar time, Letter Introduction, Motor Skills, Arts and Crafts/Sensory Play, Read Aloud, and Outside Play
- A Monthly Planning Sheet
- Supply, Field Trip, and Goals Planner
- Preschool Activity Ideas
- Monthly Theme Ideas
- Blank Monthly Themes Planning Sheet
- Resource Tracker
- What Should My Preschooler Know?
- Sample Preschool Schedule
- Book List
- Morning and Evening Routine Cards
- 1st Day of School Sign
- All About Me Worksheet