Let me assure you that when it comes to Three Year Old Homeschool Preschool, you can not mess it up – I promise!
Wherever your child is developmentally, Homeschool Preschool for your three-year-old can be a delightful experience that combines the magic of play with a touch of structured learning. At this age, children are naturally curious and thrive in environments that encourage exploration. In this blog post, we’ll explore the wonderful world of homeschool preschool for three-year-olds, understanding the balance of play and learning.
Homeschool Preschool is a term to include you taking advantage of opportunities to guide your little learner as they discover the world around them. Learning with preschoolers includes reading with them, trips to the library, outside adventures, and involving them in those day-to-day life moments that help children learn and grow.
When my daughter turned three, I decided to begin Homeschool Preschool. She was excited to do “school” since her brothers go to school everyday and as a former teacher, I was especially excited to plan learning activities for her.
While I am a firm believer that children learn best through play as well as through interactions with others and the world, I thought it would be fun to have just a few minutes on days when we have time dedicated to these learning activities.
Are you wanting to do the same? If so, simply choose the areas where you would like to focus with your child, and then gather resources that will assist you in meeting those goals. Our learning time is super flexible and we incorporate materials that keep learning fun. This post will provide you with tips and ideas that will give you ideas on how to navigate Three-Year Old Homeschool Preschool and my hope is that you and your little one will have a lot of fun learning together!
This post is the first in a series on teaching your preschooler at home. Below you’ll find the posts for the rest of the series. As they are published, I’ll link to them so you can easily find everything you need. Be sure to pin or bookmark this post so that you can refer back to it as needed! Continue reading all the way to the end as I have a helpful get started guide that will help as you begin your homeschool preschool journey.
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The Power of Play in Learning
Recognizing the significance of play in a child’s development is the first step toward creating an enriching homeschooling experience. Play is not just a fun activity, it’s a powerful tool for building cognitive, social, and emotional skills.
- Imaginative Play: Foster creativity through imaginative play.
- Sensory Play: Create sensory bins filled with various materials like rice, sand, or water. Add scoops, measuring cups, and toys to stimulate your child’s senses and enhance fine motor skills.
- Outdoor Exploration: Take learning outdoors! Nature walks, scavenger hunts, and simple gardening activities introduce your child to the wonders of the natural world.
- Circle Time Fun: Begin incorporating songs, rhymes, and stories. This sets a positive tone for the day and introduces a sense of routine.
- Learning Through Games: Turn learning into a game! Use educational games that focus on numbers, letters, and colors. For example, a scavenger hunt for objects of a particular color can reinforce color recognition.
- Arts and Crafts: Combine creativity with learning by integrating arts and crafts. Use projects that involve cutting, gluing, and coloring to enhance fine motor skills while reinforcing shapes, letters, or numbers.
What Do I Want My Three-Year Old to Learn?
Children learn many skills during the preschool years. The skills and corresponding activities listed below are some of the more common homeschool preschool skills that most children will develop by ages five or six.
Remember, though, that kids are unique and learn at their own pace. Focus on introducing the skills and offering activities to help your child develop them. Keep it fun so that your child will love learning!
- Letter Recognition
- Letter Tracing
- Letter Sounds
- Counting to 20
- Basic Shapes
- Gross Motor Skills/Fine Motor Skills
- Recognizing their first and last name
- Printing their first name
- Following two or three step commands
- Identifying rhyming words
What Do My Lessons Look Like?
- Read a story
- We choose to sing songs (ask Alexa to play the songs and sing along):
- Recite The Pledge of Allegiance.
- Sing the Days of the Week Song
- Sing the Months of the Year Song
- Practice child’s name.
- Mix and Fix magnetic letters of their name
- Trace child’s name on a dry erase surface
- Point to letters and say the letter name
- Integrate a math or reading concept with various materials.
When we use a workbook page, it’s very basic with a simple activity of either tracing letters, tracing numbers or coloring pictures. Keep it simple and fun!
My favorite supplies for teaching preschool at home are those which allow preschoolers to learn through play. Homeschool preschool supplies also include lots of great books, hands-on activities, and some other optional resources that will encourage a love of learning for your preschooler.
- Brain Quest Preschool Workbook
- Brain Quest Pre-Kindergarten Smart Cards
- Brain Games STEM – Get Ready for Preschool
- My First Learn-to-Write Workbook
- A is for Apple (Smart Kids Trace-and-Flip)
- Learn to Read Books by ABC See, Hear, Do Level 1 (Uppercase Letters)
- An all-inclusive resource option: Highlights for Children School Success Pack Preschool
Preschool math resources for three-year-olds are thoughtfully designed to introduce foundational mathematical concepts through engaging and age-appropriate activities. At this developmental stage, resources focus on fostering a love for numbers, shapes, and basic mathematical relationships. Colorful counting games, tactile number cards, and interactive puzzles help children grasp the concept of counting and numerical order.
- Baby Bear Counters
- hand2mind MathLink Cubes Numberblocks 1-10 Activity Set
- Textured Touch and Trace Cards
- Pre-K Hot Dots Math Set
Enrichment Learning Materials
I love to incorporate materials that are fun that still promote learning and fine motor development! These are some of the materials that are well-loved in our home.
- Do A Dot Art! Markers
- Do A Dot Art! Play ABC, 123, and Shapes
- Playfoam Shape & Learn 4-Pack, Learn Letters, Numbers, Counting & Shapes
- Magnetic Alphabet Letters Kit
Preschool School Supplies
These are some of the preschool school supplies that help create an engaging and supportive learning environment for young children. These are supplies that are considerate of early learners with smaller hands. Here is a list of some common supplies:
- My First Pencils
- Twistable Crayons
- Magnetic Letters
- Washable Dry Erase Markers
Homeschooling your three-year-old can be a joyous journey that seamlessly blends play and structured learning. Embrace the natural curiosity of your child, design a learning environment that sparks creativity, and watch as your little one discovers the world through the magic of playful learning adventures. With a mix of hands-on activities and structured activities, you’re nurturing a lifelong love for learning.
I plan to share more of our homeschool preschool journey on Instagram and I’m planning a more posts here on the blog in a Preschool Series that will answer questions and go into more detail. Be sure to subscribe to my email list that will keep you in the loop or follow along on Instagram.