How to Homeschool Preschool

Wondering if you should be doing preschool at home or sending your child to a traditional preschool?

Many parents are choosing the option of homeschooling preschool full-time or as enrichment and learning activities at home.

Surprisingly, many of the skills preschoolers learn are through play.  Creating a play-based preschool curriculum for your child can be fun and educational.

what preschoolers learn before kindergarten - 10 things they learn in preschool - pictured is a list of those 10 items including say ABCs, identify sounds, recognize and write their name, hold pencil correctly...
Improving preschool skills at home is great even if kids go to a traditional preschool!

How to Homeschool Preschool

So much of the “foundation” of your child’s interests and temperament is being nurtured and awakened. They are also developing skills that they can use in school for years to come.

This is going to be lots of fun because preschool really emphasizes the importance of play with all educational activities.

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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

Developing a preschool curriculum for home don’t have to be scary. Even though that sentence sounded scary. Think of your lessons as guided play with a goal of developing certain skills. What do you want your child to know when they start kindergarten? Those are the things you should start with.

If the whole process seems a little overwhelming, don’t worry! Because we have homeschooled preschool with our own kids and have experience as a former classroom teacher, we developed a preschool at home program that has everything you need, all in one place. Yes, we are that awesome. 

<<Click here to get our Preschool at Home program.>>

Preschool Skills Checklist

What exactly does a preschooler learn in a traditional preschool program? What are the skills that a child entering Kindergarten needs to know to be at grade level? When we were setting up our Preschool at Home program, we did a lot of research alongside the teacher who created it.

In that research for the best curriculum for preschool, we established a Preschool Skills Checklist that might be helpful to you to identify what might be the most important thing your child should learn…today!

Preschool Skills Checklist - before entering Kindergarten, child should be able to complete the tasks below - a list of many skills with checkboxes in the areas of language arts, math and social-emotional - Kids Activities Blog
Use this Preschool Skills Checklist to make sure your child is Kindergarten-ready!
Download & print a copy of the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist:

If you’re the do-it-yourself kind of parent, we hear you! Keep reading for some of our favorite preschool at home resources you can use throughout the preschool years and beyond…

Some of our favorite preschool activities make great additions to your young learner preschool curriculum for home.

Daily Schedule for Home Preschool

The first thing you should think about is how much time can you reasonably devote to the different activities you might want to include in a homeschool preschool day. For me, the thought of a homeschool schedule was scary and seemed counter-intuitive to the freedom that homeschooling would bring to my preschool children on a daily basis. BUT when I got into it, the daily routine a good thing. It put boundaries around the homeschool schedule and held me accountable to the things I wanted to accomplish.

Here are are a few great resources for developing your home mom schedule:

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Learning the ABC’s is a major milestone in the preschool curriculum!

ABCs in the Preschool Curriculum

One of the first steps to learning to read is recognizing the letters of the alphabet. Children should be able to identify letters, sounds, and to be able to match the capital and lower case letters to each other.

alphabet letter crafts

Letter of the Week Ideas for Home & Preschool

We love Letter of the Week activities! Every week pick a different letter to craft with and explore with your little learner. You can have your child hunt for the letter in sensory bins, or objects that have that letter’s sound, etc.

You can also do a weekly craft. These are cute and fun!

A is for Apple.  B is for Bear.  C is for Caterpillar.  D is for Duck.  E is for Elephant.  F is for Fox.  G is for Giraffe.  H is for Hippo.  I is for Iguana. J is for Jaguar.  K is for Kite. L is for Lamp.  M is for Monster.  N is for Nest.  O is for Octopus. P is for Parrot. Q is for Queen.  R is for Road.  S is for Snake.  T is for Tiger.  U is for Umbrella.  V is for Volcano.  W is for  Watermelon.  X is for Xylophone.  Y is for Yak.  Z is for Zebra.

handwriting practice as a part of homeschool preschool curriculum - shown are 4 handwriting activities appropriate for preschoolers
Learning to write your name is fun & necessary preschool skill!

Homeschool Preschool Writing Skills at Home

At bare minimum, during preschool, your child should be able to recognize the lower case letters – but even better, your child should learn how to form the letters – at least the ones in their name.

Here are some ideas for preschool at home that is more play than lesson…

  • This is the perfect time to check out how to hold a pencil to start little kids off on the right path with fine motor skills.
  • Practice writing in a salt tray. Your kids can write or “paint” their letters. Lightly shake the tray to erase and try again. Add a light under your table for more fun.
  • Create a gel bag. Place worksheets underneath the bag and your kids can practice tracing. As they write they will see the letters.
  • Trace letters that were written with a highlighter. They can trace it once with a pencil and the second time with a marker.
  • Review sight words as your kids learn to write.  Every time they trace the word they can use a different color of crayon = rainbow letters.
  • Check out our list of best preschool workbooks — or order a few straight from our homeschool preschool store!

Teach My Preschooler Kit


Teach My Preschooler is designed to give preschoolers a head start, develop fine motor skills, encourage parent/child interaction and increase school readiness skills with preschool lesson plans.

It comes with 293 pieces and is a complete all-in-one learning system. Plus, there’s a step by step teaching guide for mom and dad!

Preschool Work Books

The good news is there are a bunch of readily available preschool workbooks that make it easy for teaching children in an organized way. We have picked our some of our favorite books that teach without screen time.

fine motor skills for preschoolers which is important for writing and spatial skills - shown are 4 play ideas that will increase a child's fine motor abilities
Preschool fine motor skills practice is an easy thing to do at home with these fun activities!

Age-Appropriate Fine Motor Skill Development for Preschoolers

Many of the skills kids will need in Kindergarten require fine motor control. If your child struggles to hold a pencil, practice with some of these activities to help your child develop their grasp and hand-eye coordination. These are simple play ideas that can easily be included in any preschool at home schedule…

  • Fine motor skills will help your kids develop the finger “grasp” coordination that they will need as they begin writing.
  • Develop hand and eye coordination with your kids as they cut shapes along lines.  This activity will keep my three-year-olds engaged for a good hour!
  • It’s hard for some kids to grasp the concept that there is a wrong way to hold a pencil or crayon. But learning the “right way” early will save them handwriting woes later.
counting activities for preschoolers and other math preschool homeschool curriculum ideas - shown are 6 playful ideas like counting pom poms and earning to read a clock
Math is play! Preschool math activities at home are fun & games…

Preschool Math Skills Through Play at Home

During preschool kids should learn to recognize a written number and understand number correspondence, ex: that 3 = the amount of three items.  They should learn how to tell which piles are bigger/smaller, be able to put the piles in order from smallest amount to the biggest, and learn to count.

  • Practice counting to 20 and recognize groups of items up to 10 (i.e. a pile of 5 items). Your child should also practice telling the difference between amounts (ex: more v. less).
  • Expose your kids to color theory and time at the same time with a colorful DIY clock. Explain how clocks move in the same direction every minute/hour.
  • Make large geometric shapes as you count and trace from number to number with chalk. Discover math patterns.
  • Whenever you come up to a red light, count backward from ten to zero. This will help your child with subtraction later.
  • Create a paper tube counting game with this genius DIY preschool math idea.
  • Break out the bag of jelly beans. Your kids will look forward to counting time with a tasty treat in jelly bean math.
  • Practice number correspondence and counting with monster math. Add the eye balls on the creature with googly eyes.
  • Demonstrate counting with your fingers with a fun Math hand. Try to think of all the combinations to get to ten.
  • Make a math station with lots of little items for your kids to count.

Have you noticed that the general theme of an effective preschool at home program is hands-on play? It really is!

Intentionally leading your child through simple activities to make sure they have mastered each skill is both easier than it sounds…and fun.

Don’t overthink a preschool math curriculum! It really is fun and games.

shape and color activities for preschoolers - more fun games and activities to add to a preschool at home curriculum
Shapes are magical in a homeschool preschool curriculum

Preschool at Home Curriculum Ideas – Learning Shapes, Colors & Vocabulary

The homeschool preschool curriculum for learning shapes, colors and preschool appropriate curriculum is just this…

Play, play and play some more!  This will help kids learn in a creative way and become a well-rounded student. A sense of curiosity in learning is the most effective preschool student strategy…even if you are preschooling at home.

A well-rounded student of play!

And while you are playing, talk to your child about what they see. Your kids are learning their shapes, the colors, their body parts, the animals in the world (and the sounds they make) all through play.

quote about kids learning to read: Children are made readers on the laps of their parents with a girl reading a book next to stairs
Reading is a big part of a preschool curriculum at home!

Get 3 & 4 Year Olds Ready to Read as Part of Homeschooling Preschool

I absolutely love that quote! It is sooooo true:

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. -Emilie Buchwald

Here are some strategies for incorporating the love of reading into your preschool at home curriculum…

  • Read Aloud to your kids daily. Work up to 20 minutes a day.
  • Teach your kiddo to hold books the “right way” and point to the words so they learn to follow or track words from left to right.
  • Time and order concepts by reviewing the story: What happened first, next, last?
  • Have your child comprehend a story be able to re-tell it to another person.
  • Beginning sounds. Find the letter that makes the sound at the beginning of a word.
  • Encourage your kids to speak in full sentences, clearly, differentiating between fiction and reality as you are reading.

More Reading Curriculum Resources from Kids Activities Blog

Kids Activities Blog runs a FB group all about reading and encouraging the emerging readers in your house. We chat about books, ways to inspire the love of reading in kids, we have giveaways and so much more. All you need to do is click here to join our Book Nook FB Group!

51 Things your kids need to know before Kindergarten - girl of preschool age writing in a book
This list of Kindergarten skills sounds way more ominous than it is! You got this…

What Kids Need to Know Before Entering Kindergarten

There is a list of preschool skills that kids need to have mastered to make the most of those early days of Kindergarten. The cool thing is most everything on this list is easily (and organically) added into a homeschool preschool curriculum. It is what we based our own Preschool at Home Curriculum that is packaged into weekly themes that covers all these things:

  • Your child should practice describing and expressing their feelings – ex:  “I am sad” or “I am sorry”.
  • While active play is needed, preschoolers should also have a daily quiet time of independent play for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Encourage your kids to be able to tell directions. Ex: left v. right.
  • Encourage independence. Your kids should be learning to put their own clothes on, including jackets and shoes.
  • Even at home, your kids need to practice cleaning up their space when they are finished with an activity.
  • Practice waiting and taking turns, and following basic rules (board games are a great way to practice if not in a group).
  • Follow multi-step instructions (ex: Wash your hands, get your lunch box and sit down to eat). Take turns playing “Simon says” with each other.
  • Help your child recognize basic cause and effect relationships (drop this it breaks).
  • For safety: Your kids need to know their phone number and be able to say their street address.

Our kids love using, too because the learning just looks like FUN! They have a full online preschool and you can try the first month totally free.

More Preschool Activities We Love

caterpillar crafts for preschooler makes a fun craft to add to preschool homeschool curriculum for fine motor skills - shown is a egg carton caterpillar
Preschool crafts are one of the best ways to increase fine motor skills at home!

We have homeschooled all of our kids for preschool – including our youngest kids who are still learning and playing at home.

This list includes what we have done to instill a love of learning with our kids. We would love to hear what homeschooling looks like for your preschoolers!

You can do this! You can educate your child at home. You can create or use a preschool curriculum at home.

You can homeschool preschool!

Let’s play!


  1. Please please please do not teach your child to write their name in all capital letters. It drives teachers crazy and it is so hard to break.

  2. How to hole a pencil is very important! I’m glad you included that in your essay. Do not teach kids to write their names in all capitals. When teaching them how to write their letters make sure you write the letters in the proper direction and write them in the air before you write them on paper. Have them trace the letters in a large size, make them huge and exaggerated, this gets the entire arm moving as well.

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  5. How to sit still for 20 minutes is definitely something that needs to be taught. Most kids can’t do this and parents don’t do a good job teaching it. I’m glad this is a part of the curriculum.

  6. Great advice! I am homeschooling my preschoolers now will we RV fulltime.

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