Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DIY Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

Happy 2018! We have officially been homeschooling for about 4 months and we are off to a great start. I shared the resources that I used for the 1st semester of homeschool in a blog post HERE, and I would like to share the resources that I am adding this semester. Have a look below to see how to build your own DIY homeschool preschool curriculum.

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The amazing thing about homeschooling, is that you can build and tailor lessons to your child's specific interests and learning level. Ava is doing very well in school, she is most interested in writing, drawing, and reading, so she practices writing daily. I like to stick with the subjects or reading, writing, "math", and science. At this young age, most children don't have a concept of time so we don't discuss history too much but we do learn about the natural world. We also learn and practice character traits like kindness and compassion, and to love and appreciate nature.

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She finished the majority of the workbooks that I mentioned in my Homeschool Preschool Curriculum post, so here are the workbooks that we have added to the lineup. *This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

     

I will be incorporating more reading into our curriculum. We read books from our personal library daily, we check out library books weekly. The Explore and Learn books are great for science and geography and have beautiful pictures. I've also started using a set of Bob Books to practice early reading skills, and have added a few poetry books.

    

We still attend library story times, museums, playdates, we visit playgrounds whenever weather permits, and Ava participates in gymnastics and yoga. I'd like to say that this curriculum is pretty well rounded and makes learning fun.

Please click the links to read more about the materials suggested. I only recommend products that I actually use and like. If you are a homeschooler, are you using a pre-made curriculum or creating one yourself? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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30 comments:

  1. Isn't home schooling your little awesome?! Don't get me wrong, we have bad days - but I just love watching mine learn and grow! We have been doing this 4 1/2 years now. Always using a "curriculum" for core subjects but we basically structure our school as "un" schooling or "hack" schooling. Meaning; we use non traditional methods of learning. If my kid is really into something or passionate about a specific topic - we totally delve into that topic and incorporate reading, writing, spelling, science, history, grammar, etc. into it. This totally keeps him interested and focused.

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  2. Going to share this with a family member who has been thinking about home schooling.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this! I like that you can tailor homeschooling to meet your child where they are. Glad your journey so far has been rewarding.

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  4. Oh my goodness! I remember the Bob books from when I was little! Thanks for the fun flashback!

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  5. Reading, especially at such a young age is so crucial (and fun)! I was a preschool teacher (as well as kindergarten and second) and plan to homeschool should we ever have kiddos. This is a great plan!

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  6. We did a DIY preschool in our house and my son (now 11!!!!) loved everything we did. My #1 thing we did, read together!!!! :-)

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  7. I don't homeschool technically, but I always get things like this to supplement my son's preschool days. I love experiential learning, being able to incorporate nature and play into our day, and tailoring the teaching to fit my son's needs. I can't wait to check out these resources and to continue to read and learn from you!

    Ashley | Look for Little Helpers

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  8. Both of your posts contain great ideas to keep the little ones learning and growing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  9. Love the idea of tailoring the curriculum to the child's individual interests. Great post!

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  10. I am a teacher and have been doing homeschool preschool with my little one AND sending her two days a week to my fabulous teacher friend, where she also gets some extra learning with socialization. These early years are so important. There is so much learning that takes place before age 6 which makes this time even more precious. I also tailor what I teach my little at home to her interests and incorporate outings like nature walks and library visits, too. I love the yoga idea though, I want to add that!

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  11. We've always debated whether we were going to homeschool our littles when we started a family. I love the idea of tailoring it to what interests them and how they learn best! Saving this for later! :)

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  12. it seriously takes a special mom to homeschool. I love my daughter but i need to be away from her some during the day! Good job!

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  13. Oh this is really helpful. Especially for the days my son doesn’t have MDO. I love finding good educational activities.

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  14. What a helpful post! I've got a 2 year old and I'm going to bookmark for reference! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love this! I wish I were able to homeschool but I do try to incorporate a lot of your ideas, including reading and getting out and doing activities around town, because that is so essential for growth. We also travel frequently which has opened up so many new doors for my kids and taught them more than they could gain just sitting inside of a regular classroom.

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    1. Being able to travel with kids is amazing and so worthwhile.

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  16. This is a great post. I love how versatile your curriculum options are. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. This is just what I needed to kick start our homeschool preschool. I have a few small work books like this that we could easily begin using. I can't wait to order a few of the ones you suggested! My son isn't big into fine motor anything; writing, coloring, or cutting but hopefully with some of these workbooks I can make it fun for him!

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    1. It's great that homeschool can be made to fit each individual child. If he isn't into fine motor activities, try gross motor or something else!

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  18. OMG! Love this post. This will come in handy when I have kids. :-)
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  19. I don't have a kid, but I've been looking for ways to help push my bright nephew ahead. This would be a great way to supplement his education, for sure!!

    Kate
    www.thegoldsister.com

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  20. I'm further along with the home education (we call it that in the UK). My 2 are 10 & 13 and we are now working on exams for the oldest. Good luck in your journey

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  21. Im actually curious about home schooling and I have some friends who home schooled their kids too. Now, I know where to look.
    From: Calleigh

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  22. I love this! Prescool is such a fun time. I really love the "Five in a Row" cirriculum because it is so book based and really lets you explore interests.

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  23. I am also homeschooling preschool and I am using Sonlight. We love our literature based curriculum and we also follow the BraveWriter lifestyle practice of poetry teatime! Preschool at home is so much fun! I wouldn't want it any other way!

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