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Looking for a homeschool preschool curriculum option? Here are five fun options for teaching your 2-5 year olds at home.
Last week, I answered the question “Do I need a curriculum to teach my preschooler?” My answer was no. You certainly don’t need a curriculum to teach your preschooler.
However, I also mentioned that many homeschool moms feel more comfortable using a curriculum. The benefit of using a curriculum is that someone else has already done the work of preparing a scope and sequence.
Someone else has already pulled together the lessons in a sequential order. It can certainly alleviate a lot of stress for beginning homeschoolers.
Homeschool Preschool Curriculum
I am a homeschool mom that likes to use a curriculum for preschool. Using a boxed curriculum made me feel like I wasn’t missing anything. I didn’t feel like I couldn’t do it on my own, but I didn’t want to pull stuff together on my own.
I had two older kids I was homeschooling. Relying on a prepared curriculum took a weight off my shoulders and allowed my little ones to “do school” with their older siblings.
What are my options?
So, now that you’ve decided to use a curriculum to teach your preschoolers, which one will you choose? There are many options.
I have listed several options below:
Horizons Preschool Curriculum – I used this curriculum with my youngest. She loved workbooks and wanted to do school like her brothers.
However, I didn’t have time to pull things together for her while juggling her 4th and 8th grade brothers. She really enjoyed this curriculum.
Pros: With Horizons, everything is pulled together for you. There are workbooks, flash cards, song CD’s, and a teacher’s guide. This curriculum is written from a Christian perspective.
Cons: These workbooks are a little pricey and geared more toward a preschool classroom so we skipped many of the activities and all of the ‘homework.’
Before Five in a Row (Five in a Row) – This is by far my favorite preschool curriculum (and beyond). This literature-based curriculum is so low-key and user-friendly.
The goal is to “row” a book for a week. Each day, you read a classic picture book to or with your child. Then, there are mini-units designed to be used with each book.
These lessons touch on grammar, math, geography, history, art, and more. But, the lessons are designed with 2-4 year olds in mind. They are so pleasant, and you’ll be making memories while you row.
Pros: Very low-prep. Lessons are unobtrusive and flow naturally from each book. The books are sure to become family favorites.
Cons: Some of the books are out-of-print making them a little harder to find.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool – I did not use this curriculum with my preschoolers, because I didn’t know it existed. I just discovered it in the last two years, and I have been using it with my daughter for history (5th and 6th grades) and science (7th grade).
This preschool curriculum starts with learning the alphabet and phonetic sounds and moves into sight words and beginning reading.
Pros: The lessons are free. You have the option of purchasing the printables pack or printing it out yourself.
This curriculum is designed to be used with 3 & 4 year olds, but it’s easy to adapt the lessons to use with 2 and 5 year olds, as well.
The author teaches all the letters of the alphabet, but not in chronological order. Instead, she teaches the Bible in chronological order covering all 26 letters of the alphabet.
This curriculum is packed full of book lists and hands-on activities.
Pros: Christian. Thorough lessons. Fun hands-on activities.Pros: Inexpensive. Covers the entire year. Christian. Wide variety of options to meet individual needs.