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Preschool is one of those topics that just differ from family to family. Some choose to put their child in preschool, some do a complete preschool curriculum from home, some teach their kids as they go, and some don’t put much focus on it and know their kids will learn one way or another. Whatever your family decides to do I think is absolutely great. You have to know what works for your family, your kids, and most importantly, yourself.
Having some sort of learning focus for my children every day has been really important to me. I want to set them up for success by teaching them some basics, discipline of sitting and learning, and getting their minds working. Unfortunately, a traditional preschool costs a lot of money that we just can’t afford right now. This has kind of forced me to get a little creative.
In the beginning, I tried to follow a full on preschool curriculum. I absolutely loved all the activities, but it was beginning to be incredibly time consuming for me that I couldn’t keep up. The pressure was overwhelming and I needed something much simpler.
After some research, I found something that worked perfectly for us and something I was able to keep up with. So many of you have asked what we do when I share pictures on Instagram, so I wanted to share some of my favorite pre-school resources with you today.
Bookroo – Bookroo is a monthly subscription box with books for your kids. When selecting your box, you can choose between three board books or two picture books every month. The books are carefully researched and selected by a team just for your kids. I know you can pick out any book you want at the store, but let me tell you why Bookroo is 100% worth it. I don’t have to hunt for books myself! It saves me so much time having them delivered straight to my door. Not only that, but they pick books that I have never seen in stores before. My kids also love the surprise of having this special box of books arrive on their doorstep just for them every month. The books come in a cute little package all wrapped, it’s like Christmas! Speaking of which, it’s a great gift to ask for when you’re tired of toys! My mom actually gifts the kids their Bookroo subscription for the year for Christmas, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Pinterest – If you haven’t looked on Pinterest for pre-school resources, then you are most definitely missing out. Pinterest is one of my favorite free resources to look for activities catering to each child’s level. What I usually do is take a letter a week and look for various activities featuring each letter. I turn to Pinterest to find all the free worksheets I can, print them off right at home, and there it is! It’s just that easy! You can follow my education board here!
Fun with Mama – Speaking of Pinterest, that’s where I found Fun with Mama. This lady is my life saver! She has so many resources, both free and some you can purchase. I absolutely love everything she has put together for letters, so I always use her letter crafts and a few of her worksheets. She is a staple that I pull resources from on a weekly basis. She has so much to offer you can’t go wrong!
ABCmouse – I pay $7.99 a month for this program and it is worth every penny! I can use it for more than one child and cater it to each of their age levels. ABCmouse can be played on the computer or right from a tablet. I have seen Jase grow tremendously from spending time on ABC Mouse and it feels just like a game for him! It’s such a fun way to learn! This is something he can do on his own as well, so I utilize the program when I need to work or do something around the house. ABCmouse is the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for children ages 2–8. ABCmouse encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. Large-scale research studies have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. There is a setting on his Kindle that requires him to spend half an hour on educational activities before he can spend time doing games and he always chooses ABCmouse. Elyse is just getting started on it as she just turned two, but she absolutely loves it. It keeps them both engaged and excited about learning! You can find out more about ABCmouse by watching this video and get a free 30-day trial here!
So there you have it! These four resources make our at home preschool journey as simple as possible. I spend about an hour prepping worksheets for the week and a half hour every day doing preschool. Once I realized it didn’t have to be complicated, it made a huge difference. Both my kids are developing a love of learning and I am seeing them grow the more time we spend doing school.
I’m sure I’ll share more about what that looks like for us, but for now these resources just couldn’t wait!
What about you? Do you do preschool at home with your kids? What have you found helpful?