For an introduction and a complete list of preschool lesson ideas for the year, please see my post: Preschool Lesson Ideas For Homeschool – Plans For The Year.
An important note before considering a curriculum for preschoolers: sometimes just the act of making a plan creates pressure to complete it, no matter what. But researchers – and lots of Moms – emphasize that very young children learn best by playing. So don’t worry if your lesson plans are thrown out the window some days! (Save your materials for kindergarten next year if you don’t get to them this year.)
Goal & Objectives
1. This lesson are designed to make your child feel special and loved by their Creator.
2. Beginning awareness of how they were created, and how they should treat themselves and others.
3. Beginning reading, writing, and counting.
1. Learn about the five senses, emotions, hygiene, and manners.
2. Learn counting, begin to memorize numbers and letters.
If you are so inclined and your child would enjoy it, consider compiling your child’s work and making a lapbook, book or portfolio at end of each month. You can also just keep it in a file folder! (We also occasionally mail fun worksheets to relatives who like to see what M is up to!)
Disclosure: Most of the links on this page lead to free resources. However, some are affiliate links. I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.
Planning for preschool is fun because there is really no “required” seat work. If your child happens to enjoy worksheets and coloring one day that’s great, if not, you can make letters out of play dough or draw numbers in the sandbox! I don’t pretend that we will be doing everything listed! I wanted to provide a lot of resources from which you could pick and choose depending on the interests of your child(ren).
Below are links to materials, resources, and tutorials for “All About Me” lesson ideas. Many of these links are to “printables” – documents that you print on your home computer printer. Having a color printer is helpful but not necessary. If you don’t want to burn out your printer or just prefer pre-preprinted materials, I have also listed our favorite books and publishers. Don’t forget the library – they will probably have many of the books listed to check out, of course. Our library also has a section for reproducible workbooks – ask your librarian!
Arts & Crafts
All About Me
- All About Me Mini-Books (Printable)
- Handprint & Footprint Crafts
- House Paper Craft (Printable & Craft)
- Hearts & Home Bookmark To Color (Printable)
- Make A Face Emotion Toy (Printable & Craft)
- Draw Your Home Sweet Home (Printable)
- Craft pages from Arts and Crafts with Amber Lamb and/or Child Art for 3s: Health, Hygiene, 5 Senses, Eating, etc.*
- Pages from Preschool Color & Activity Book by Roger Priddy: My Bedroom, My House, Making Faces, Matching Faces, Teddy Bears’ Picnic
- Bookmaking Bonanza by Creative Teaching Press: Picnic 5 Senses Mini-Book
- Foamies Kids of the World Activity Bucket Craft (you can make magnets from these for fun refrigerator toys)
- Make a book from Poems and Rhymes and Things to Do Now That I’m a Toddler, Too:
- All About Me page
- Ears (p 19)
- Eyes (p 18)
- Eating (p 22)
- Brush Your Teeth (p 23)
- Now It’s Time To Rest
- Please (p 27)
- Thank You (p 28)
- Coloring pages from Preschool Bible Coloring Sheets: Creation, Adam & Eve*
- Creation Coloring Pages (Printable)
- Creation Mini-Book (Printable)
- Gingerbread Man Creation Activity (Baking)
- Creation Mobile (Printable)
- Planet Earth Coffee Filter Craft
Reading & Writing Exercises
- Tracing Alphabet Worksheets ** OR
I Can Trace (Big Skills for Little Hands) **
- Kid’s Alphabet Flash Cards
- Emotion Flash Cards
- Match It! Mathematics Puzzles
- Tracing Shapes & Patterns Printables ** (scroll down the page) OR
- I Can Trace (Big Skills for Little Hands) Numbers **
- Coloring pages from Numbers & Skills With Button Bear: Health, Hygiene, 5 Senses, Eating, etc.*
- Human Organs Printable
- Popcorn 5 Senses Activity:
Use popcorn to talk to your child about the five senses. Hear the popcorn popping, feel the texture of the popcorn, see and describe what it looks like, smell it, and finally taste the popcorn! (Idea taken from Super Science from HighReach Learning, Inc.)
- Hair cut
- Doctor/Dentist checkup
(If its time and the child isn’t frightened of them.)
- Family Tree Craft Activity
- Family Tree Craft Activity #2
Reading & History
- Bible: Creation, Adam & Eve (Jesus Calling Bible Storybook: p 16 – 27)
- Bible: Creation, Adam & Eve (Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: p 11 – 16)
- Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado
- You Are Special by Max Lucado
- God Knows My Name by Debby Anderson
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Martin/Carle
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Martin/Carle
- The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
- The Ear Book by Al Perkins
- The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
- Horns To Toes And In Between by Sandra Boynton
- Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton
- My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
- Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, & Yawn (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
- I’m Growing! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
- How Many Teeth? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
- The Skeleton Inside You (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
- Hear Your Heart (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
* A Beka updates these books occasionally so I am not including page numbers or specific descriptions.
** I suggest allowing your child to do as few or as many of these worksheets as they like.
*** Egermeier’s Bible Story Book is wonderful for children who can listen to a story while they color, and don’t need a lot of pictures in the book to keep them interested.
Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! I hope these plans help you with your preschool year. Please feel free to comment below with your own ideas!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books and will receive a small commission if the links above are used to make a purchase. However, I only recommend products and companies that I believe will benefit my readers. My opinions are entirely my own and may differ from yours.
Copyright 2013 Kathryn Depew
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