Over the past couple of months, I’ve been asked by multiple people how to homeschool their preschooler. These parents feel lost, overwhelmed, and stressed out.
Homeschooling their preschooler was not part of their plan. Not even a little. Unfortunately, Covid-19 happened and many of these parents are now left with preschools shutting their doors. This means they’re all scrambling to figure out how this whole homeschool thing works.
I feel for you parents deeply because this is a decision that was forced on you at the very last minute. No time to prep or even wrap your head around the whole concept.
For me, homeschooling was always on my radar. My husband (a former homeschooler) and I have always wanted to homeschool our kids, so when the time came it was very natural to just jump right into it.
*Disclaimer: My 1st born did go to a Montessori school for 6 weeks of Kindergarten then we pulled her out. To read more about that season of life read these posts.
This season is all but natural for most of you. So, to help you all navigate the waters of homeschooling a preschooler I decided to not only write this post mapping out what your preschooler needs to know, but I also created a full 26-week preschool curriculum. Full color, stuffed with hands-on activities and covers every last thing your preschooler needs to be ready for Kindergarten.
Below I’ll map out exactly what your toddler needs to learn and then go over my suggested preschool curriculum.
Let’s jump right in!
SKILLS NEEDED FOR KINDERGARTEN
The most basic shapes your child should know before Kindergarten are
These are easy to teach with just a poster and some daily repetition. A great way to really drive shapes home for your toddler is to show them shapes in the real world. Letting them see the shapes in their everyday life will take that shape from a 2D picture on a poster to a tangible 4D reality.
Color is just as easy to teach as shapes are. All you need is a basic poster and continually showing them the colors in their everyday life.
The basic colors your child should know before Kindergarten are
Alphabet & Reading
The largest and probably most daunting of all skills to teach your preschooler is the Alphabet. Don’t worry. They pick up their Alphabet quicker than you expect and it’s not as hard as you’re thinking.
The easiest way to teach children their alphabet is to focus on 1 letter a week. This will help keep the child from getting overwhelmed while helping them master each letter before moving on.
In the DRM (Deeply Rooted Mom) Preschool Curriculum we do just that, but we take it one step farther. Throughout the 26 weeks, we help the child learn the difference between capital and lowercase, each letter’s sound, and how to properly write both the capital and lowercase letter. These concepts are taught with posters, worksheets, and many hands-on activities.
Numbers & Counting
Your Kindergartener should know how to count to 20 and also recognize the numbers 0-10. This is very easy to teach and just takes consistency and repetition. The more you practice the quicker they will learn.
Once again using a poster and repetition will make teaching them their numbers much easier.
In the DRM Preschool Curriculum, we cover numbers 0-10 as well as 11-20 for those that master 0-10 faster. In our curriculum, your child will not only learn how to recognize each number but will be able to do simple counting math problems.
Write Their Name
Kindergarteners need to know how to write and recognize their name in print. You can teach your child this in many ways.
You can handwrite their name and have them trace it until they can start to write it on their own.
To do this you need to print off their name using a dotted font like KG Primary Dots and have them trace it. You can download this font for free here. KG Primary Dots Font
TIPS: Make sure after you download and install the font you close out whatever program you’re using and then reopen it. Once you do that (if installed properly) the font will now be available within that program.
To make cute pages you can create a Free Canva account and design your own printable with their free and easy to use software. You can also download the KG Dots font directly to your Canva account if you choose to have the monthly subscription.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are desperately needed for your child and are one of the easiest things to teach them. Unfortunately, they are also the one thing that is easily overlooked.
Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in your hands like your fingers and wrists.
The best activities to help your child develop these skills are; coloring, writing, beadwork, cutting, creating with playdough, building with Legos, zipping, buttoning, using tongs to pick up objects, and so much more.
In the DRM Preschool curriculum, we include tons of weekly fine motor skills that are fun and interactive for both the parent and the child.
Basic Life Skills
Now I bet you didn’t think a preschooler needed to learn some basic life skills, but OH Boy do they! You don’t want to send your kid off to Kindergarten only to realize he can’t wash his hands or face by himself if his life depended on it.
The basic skills your preschooler should learn are;
- eating with utensils independently
- washing hands and face independently
- using the restroom independently
- sitting and listening to instructions or a book
- taking turns
- cleaning up a mess
Some of these skills like patience, taking turns, and sitting and listening to instructions or a book are included in the DRM Preschool Curriculum. The rest of the skills are listed at the beginning as things to work on but aren’t included in an actual activity.
I’m sure you read the word ‘Failure’ and started scratching your head. Hear me out.
What good does it do for your child if they’re always used to winning and never use to struggling to do something on their own? What about when little Johnny was trying to build a house with Legos but couldn’t figure it out, so mommy and daddy just built it for him. What about Sarah who hasn’t lost a board game 1 time in her little life because her parents always let her win.
Do you see where I’m going?
Kids need to learn that failure is real, but don’t let it stop there. Failure isn’t the end all be all. When your kids are struggling with something give them some time to struggle and figure it out. If they need help give them some light guidance but then let them do it on their own. If you just swoop in and do it for them, you’re robbing them of the pride and accomplishment they would get by doing it all on their own.
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THE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM I RECOMMEND
When I did preschool with my first child, I found that every curriculum I purchased was lacking in some way. (Yes, I purchased more than 1.) They either had too much packed into their curriculum and it left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed or they had huge gaps which left me supplementing things on the side.
When it was time to start my second child’s preschool year I decided it was time to create a curriculum of my own. I wanted something that was age-appropriate, helped prepare her for Kindergarten, but was also filled with hands-on activities instead of just a huge pack of worksheets.
That’s when the DRM Preschool Curriculum was created.
The DRM Preschool Curriculum is designed for children aged 3-4 years old and will fully prepare your toddler to enter Kindergarten. It is…
- Divided into 26 Weeks
- Easy to Follow & Teach
- Suitable for Children Aged 3-4
- Fun for Parent & Child
- Full of Hands-on Activities
- Mapped out Morning Routine
- Includes Printable Classroom Posters
- Includes Printable Flashcards
- Complete Supply List for the Whole Year
- Fully Prepares Child for Kindergarten
- Can be Done in ONLY 2 or 3 Days a Week
- Lessons ONLY take 20-30 Minutes a Day
The Deeply Rooted Mom’s Preschool Curriculum isn’t full of just ABC’s, Numbers, Colors, & Shapes. I have included weekly hands-on activities, games, and more to help your child not just learn, but have fun while doing it. These activities are also dual purpose. They help the child learn or master a subject while also building their fine motor skills.
Concepts Covered in the DRM Preschool Curriculum:
- Numbers 0-10 *BONUS 11-20*
- Problem Solving
- Fine Motor Skills
- Life Skills
- Sequence of Events
This curriculum is everything you need plus more. I know I’m biased because I created it but trust me when I say I’ve tried so many curriculums out there and this really is the best one.
Plus, right now it’s only $15 so you really can’t beat that. Especially since it’s a downloadable file meaning you get to use it with every single one of your children!
Now that’s a win-win!
To get the DRM Preschool Curriculum at the rock bottom introductory price of $15 click below!
God bless you on your homeschooling journey and remember YOU GOT THIS!