I began homeschooling my oldest daughter when she was 2.5 years old. I started homeschool preschool with my son a few weeks before he turned 3. I plan to begin preschool work with my youngest daughter between the ages of three and four. One benefit of homeschooling is the freedom to work at the pace of the child. My oldest daughter spent two years doing preschool work a few times a week before starting kindergarten. My son worked on his preschool lessons four or five days a week until he turned 5. I used a variety of workbooks and other resources for my preschool homeschool curriculum. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.
Originally published on February 9, 2018. Updated on July 18, 2020.
Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade PK guides preschoolers step-by-step through a variety of engaging and developmentally appropriate activities that cover basic prekindergarten concepts such as colors, shapes, and opposites. The 544-page full-color workbook features vivid, full-color illustrations and grade-appropriate activities for phonics, reading, language arts, writing, and math. The workbook provided my preschoolers with fun educational activities and instruction at the preschool level.
Basic Concepts, Grade PK contains proven instructional methods for developing proficiency in basic skills such as identifying colors and simple shapes, reading and writing color words, and recognizing opposites. The 160 full-color page workbook provides my children with extra practice on many of the topics from the Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade PK.
With 320 full-color pages, the Big Preschool Workbook from School Zone offers preschoolers exercises that teach and reinforce basic concepts such as colors, shapes, alphabet, basic phonics, numbers, and early math skills. My son especially enjoyed all the coloring activities for the color and shape lessons as well as the prewriting maze activities.
Recommended for preschoolers between the ages of 4 and 5, Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K provides activities on letters, numbers, shapes, colors, beginning sounds, sorting, and matching as well as games, mazes, and more. I began using the color and shape sections with my son when he started preschool at age 3. Many of the other activities contain more difficult material that worked better with my daughter during her second year of preschool.
Essential Skills and Practice, Grade PK provides essential practice for early reading, early math, and basic concepts. Many of the activities are more appropriate for older preschoolers, but I worked on the sections on colors and shapes with my son when he started preschool around age 3. The 320-page black-and-white workbook include reading passages, math challenge questions, science experiments, crossword puzzles, word searches, and more that cover pre-kindergarten topics such as alphabet letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.
Everyday Success Prekindergarten promotes learning for preschoolers in the three key areas of basic skills, math, and reading. The 288-page color workbook includes activities on subjects such as letter recognition, numbers and counting, patterns, time, money, shapes, and opposites. The spiral-bound pages make working on the activities especially easy for little hands.
My children love Curious George, so I included Curious George Adventures in Learning, Pre-K in our preschool curriculum. Recommended for students between the ages of 4 and 5, the 320-page workbook features twelve new mini-stories that provide context for math, reading, and science practice that strengthen foundational skills in math, literacy, and science. My daughter completed one section at a time while my son and I worked on a few pages at a time.
I finally picked up copies of Crayola Preschool 1 and Crayola Preschool 2 from the dollar bin at Target. Each 32-page workbook reinforces concepts such as printing letters and numbers, rhyming, shapes, colors, same and different, and imaginative drawing.
Fine Motor Skills
Let’s Learn to Cut from Spectrum Early Learning builds fine motor skills and teaches basic skills through fun cutting and pasting activities. The 64-page full-color hands-on workbook offers step-by-step instructions children age 2 and older.
My third child loved cutting so much that I also purchased Preschool Cutting and Pasting (Highlights Learn on the Go Practice Pads) and Cut & Paste Skills Workbook to add to her curriculum.
Color and Shapes
From Spectrum Early Years, Let’s Learn Colors & Shapes helps the youngest learners work on fine motor skills while learning about colors and shapes. I like that each activity includes detailed parent instruction that help me teach the basic concepts to my preschoolers. The 64 full-color pages offers super fun hands-on activities that I have not seen in other preschool workbooks such as sprinkling salt over glue on the white snowflake activity.
With activities similar to the lessons in the Big Preschool Workbook, Colors & Shapes offered my preschoolers additional practice on the basic concepts of colors and shapes. The 64-page full-color workbook helps children identify colors and write color words as well as learn the names and characteristics of six basic shapes.
I also picked up a couple of workbooks that focused on colors and shapes from the Dollar Tree to use with my son and youngest daughter for extra practice including Little People Color & Shapes, Colors and Shapes Homework Helper, Playskool Learn Colors, Playskool Learn Shapes, and I Can Learn with Pooh Shapes and Sizes.
The 32-page full-color Tracing Trails Pre-Writing Skills workbook provides a fun-filled introduction to important writing readiness skills. Each page offers exercises that helped my preschoolers develop the eye-hand coordination skills necessary to learn to write clearly. My kiddos especially enjoyed the reward stickers in the back of the workbook.
I also added Preschool Tracing and Pen Control (Highlights Learning Fun Workbooks) to our curriculum for my third child.
Early Writing Practice teaches preschoolers the nine developmental strokes necessary for writing. The 64-page color workbook offers tracing activities that introduce the essential strokes for letter formation while improving their hand-eye coordination and increasing pencil control. I used the workbook with my oldest daughter after she already knew her alphabet fairly well but introduced the exercises to my son earlier because he loved tracing exercises.
For alphabet practice with a fun twist, I picked up Alphabet Games and Puzzles Stick Kids Workbook, Grade PreK (Stick Kids Workbooks) for my preschoolers. The 56-page color workbook provides simple but engaging activities to promote basic alphabet skills, letter and sound knowledge, visual discrimination, problem solving, and fine motor skills. I liked the focus on letter recognition rather than simply letter formation.
Let’s Learn the Alphabet offers step-by-step instructions for teaching letter recognition and letter sounds to preschoolers age 2 and older. The 64-page full-color workbook includes one two-page spread for each letter with various interactive activities that build fine motor skills and teach about the alphabet.
Lowercase Alphabet and Uppercase Alphabet from School Zone are full-color workbooks that help preschoolers learn the lowercase and uppercase print alphabet through tracing and writing exercises. The humorous illustrations encourage little learners to pronounce words and learn beginning sounds. I used the 64-page workbooks as supplements to my preschool alphabet lesson plans.
Building Writing Skills: Sounds to Letters offers practical and fun-filled strategies for building the skills necessary for reading. The 48-page reproducible workbook teaches preschoolers about alphabetic symbols, constructing meaning from sounds, and establishing the meaning of sounds through writing.
I have used multiple DK Workbooks for multiple grade levels. I thus purchased DK Workbooks: Language Arts, Pre-K to use during our second years of preschool lessons. The 60-page workbook includes activities on upper and lower case letters, rhyming, simple reading exercises, and other fundamentals of language arts. The activities provided additional practice on topics that my children had previously learned. However, like all DK workbooks, the pages are glossy, which makes writing in the workbook more difficult. I found that copying the pages onto regular paper made completing the activities easier for my preschoolers.
Although labeled as a spelling workbook, DK Workbooks: Spelling, Pre-K focuses more on basic reading skills than spelling. The 60-page workbook includes activities on letters of the alphabet, letter sounds, and rhyming words, among other pre-spelling activities. The workbook contains quite a bit of handwriting practice and letter recognition, both of which are essential skills for later spelling. Like all DK workbooks, the pages are also glossy, of which I am not a fan because regular crayons, markers, and pencils do not work well on the shiny surface.
To help my preschoolers further learn about the letters of the alphabet and develop other necessary prereading skills, I purchased Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write, Pre-K. The 144-page color workbook contains twenty-six units, one unit per letter of the alphabet. Each unit includes an alphabet story and three activity pages for identifying and writing capital and lowercase letters. Each unit additionally includes a Test Your Skills assessment page. I used the workbook as part of my preschool alphabet lesson plans to help my preschoolers practice printing and identifying letters. The activities are different from exercises found in other alphabet workbooks, adding variety to homeschool time.
After teaching my preschoolers to write and identify the letters of the alphabet, I used Skill Sharpeners Reading, Grade Pre-K to continue working on prereading skills necessary for learning to read in kindergarten. Each of the twenty-one units in the 144-page workbook contains a cut-and-paste activity that introduces a consonant sound and three activity pages that reinforce reading readiness skills. The cutting activities help build the fine motor skills needed for writing. I especially love that the exercises are unique and not found in other similar reading or writing workbooks.
Designed to help learners strengthen basic skills, Phonics Readiness teaches preschoolers letter recognition, consonants, vowel sounds, and alphabetical order. The 128-page full-color workbook includes a variety of language arts activities that prepare preschoolers for learning to read. I used the workbook with my children during the second year of preschool after initially teaching the letters of the alphabet.
Recommended for learners age 2 and older, Let’s Learn Numbers offers step-by-step instructions for teaching numbers 0 through 25 and counting. The 64-page full-color workbook includes one two-page spread for each number with various interactive activities that build fine motor skills and teach early math skills.
Numbers & Counting helps preschoolers develop the basic skills needed for kindergarten math through creative games and activities. The 80-page full-color workbook teaches the numbers 0 through 20 with writing activities and cut-outs. My daughter loved working on her cutting pasting skills while learning about numbers and counting.
I picked up a copy of A+ Let’s Grow Smart! Numbers 1-12 Workbook from a dollar bin to use as a supplement for our preschool math lessons. The 32-page full-color workbook provided my preschoolers with extra number formation practice and a short activity for each number from one through twelve.
I am a big fan of The Complete Book series from Thinking Kids including The Complete Book of Numbers & Counting, Grades PK-1. The 416-page workbook helps young learners build a solid foundation in math, focusing on key concepts such as addition, subtraction, time, money, place value, graphing, comparing numbers, and recognizing number rhymes. My daughter began the workbook during her second year of preschool while working on number recognition and continued working on the material through kindergarten and first grade. She and my son completed a few pages at a time and enjoyed the variety of practice exercises.
To help my preschoolers practice and master basic math skills, I purchased At-Home Tutor: Math, Grade Pre-K. The 96-page full-color workbook includes activities on number skills, counting from 1 to 10, shapes, patterns, addition and subtraction, and time. I used the workbook during our second year of preschool to reinforce previously learned math concepts. My children completed a few pages at a time. I particularly appreciated that the activities differed from exercises in other preschool math workbooks.
For more supplemental math practice, I purchased DK Workbooks: Math: Pre-K for my preschoolers. The 60-page workbook contains exercises on counting to ten, reading and writing numbers, shapes, money, and other fundamentals of math that provide practice to reinforce learning and understanding of key mathematical concepts. Like all DK workbooks, the pages are glossy, of which I am not a fan because the glossiness makes writing more difficult, especially for little learners.
I used Math Basics from Spectrum Early Years with my preschoolers during the second year of homeschool preschool to further practice math basics such as counting, patterns, shapes, sorting, and matching. The 80-page full-color activity book focuses on games and puzzles to facilitate learning rather than more conventional workbook pages. I liked that the book offered my children some hands-on activities that helped with fine motor skills in addition to practice with basic mathematical concepts.
As I already mentioned, my children love Curious George. I therefore included Learning with Curious George Pre-K Math as part of our math curriculum. The 64-page full-color workbook includes activities on counting, tracing numbers, matching, patterns, sorting, comparing size, colors, and shapes. I used the workbook during our second year of preschool to review and reinforce basic math concepts.
I also used the Early Math at Khan Academy. Khan Academy strives to provide a free education to all students throughout the world. I love that Khan Academy is free. My son enjoyed learning to use the computer while working on his math skills.
For science lessons for my preschoolers, I used the workbook DK Workbooks: Science, Pre-K to supplement books that I checked out from the library. The workbook contains exercises that focus on the most basic principles of science including animals, plants, the five senses, weather, seasons, and matter. Although not important to me, the workbook supports the Common Core State Standards. The only downside is that the pages are glossy, which makes writing with regular crayons, markers, and pencils more difficult.
I also used Take It to Your Seat Science Centers, Grades PreK-K for additional science work with my preschoolers. The sixteen units in the 192-page activity book cover identifying living and non-living things; relative position of objects; comparing and sorting by physical attributes; classifying plants and animals; understanding plant life cycles; understanding animal life cycles; identifying major structures of animals; identifying major structures of a plant; understanding where food comes from; identifying human body parts; understanding how weather affects our lives; identifying animal habitats; recognizing solid and liquid forms; and identifying the sun, Earth, and moon.
My third child loved science so much that I added Skill Sharpeners Science, PreK and Preschool Hands-On STEAM Learning Fun Workbook (Highlights Learning Fun Workbooks) to her curriculum.
My children love globes and maps. For our preschool geography lessons, I used the workbook DK Workbooks: Geography, Pre-K as the primary resource for our social studies lessons. The 60-page workbook topics include directions, globes and maps, landforms, and more. Although not important to me, the workbook supports the Common Core State Standards. The only negative of the workbook is the glossy pages, which make completing the activities with most writing utensils more difficult.
For art lessons, I used An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work. The 180-page full-color book introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their works, representing a wide array of artistic styles and techniques. Each chapter provides biographical and background information on a specific artist followed by fun activity ideas to expand on the lesson. The book is further categorized into themes ranging from studying nature and observing everyday life to breaking traditions and telling stories. My daughter enjoyed listening to the information and looking at the images of the artwork and then completing the activity for each artist. I will continue to use the book for art lessons in first grade and beyond.
For general music lessons, I have been using Music for Everyone! Recommended for preschool through second grade, the 64-page book provides music-related activities and reproducible pages.
I am also using Sing Along and Learn: A Complete Collection of More Than 80 Learning Songs with Activities for the Early Childhood Classroom for general music lessons. The 176-page book comes with five CDs with more than 80 songs for use in early childhood. While I have not used much of the book, I have used the musical CDs quite a bit. I plan to continue using the book and accompanying CDs as my daughter starts first grade lessons and my son begins preschool.
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