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Homeschooling For Preschool (Budget-Friendly Ideas)

Looking for homeschooling ideas for your preschooler? Try these budget-friendly resources!

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My mom started homeschooling me when I turned 4. She was an early childhood education major and couldn’t wait to start doing this new, edgy thing she had learned about called homeschool.

I don’t remember much, except being put in time-out on the stairs outside our schoolroom. I didn’t want to sit still. I didn’t want to do flashcards, and I got bored easily.

Now, after homeschooling my own kids and helping homeschooling families all over the place, I believe preschool is a generous word for loosely-guided learning through play.

Every child learns to count, sing the ABCs, and even potty train on their own schedule. We can present the tools to learn these things, but ultimately, they will only start to learn them when they are ready.

So what tools do we give them? How can we set them up to learn and NOT end up in time-out on the stairs?

And how do we do it all on a budget?

Here are our favorite tools and resources for doing preschool at home and on a budget.

Pssst! Keep your homeschool super simple with these!

How Do I Start Homeschooling My Preschooler?

My main goal for preschoolers is that they learn through playing. This is what we do with our preschoolers:

How Many Hours a Day Should You Homeschool a Preschooler?

Typically, this will look different depending on your child and how much time and energy you have to put into preschool.

While it’s always a good idea to have a daily rhythm (no matter your kids’ ages!), don’t assume that ther preschool education is limited to formal bookwork and read alouds. Kids learn by playing and doing, and your preschooler is constantly learning, whether they are watching a show, helping you in the kitchen, coloring, playing outside, or playing with toys.

Typically, I tried to have a few different options for my kids each day: a few read alouds, a Busy Box or a Montessori Tray (tons of ideas here), free printables (tons here) or workbook, an educational game or toy (see below!) and outside time.

Awesome Preschool Tip:

Limit any formal schooling (workbooks, writing, counting, etc.) to 10-15 minute increments. This helps your preschooler put their best effort into a few minutes of work, and works with (instead of against) their fast-paced attention span.

preschool books read alouds

Read Aloud Books for Preschool

These books have incredible lists of awesome read-aloud books full of diversity, beautiful illustrations, and fun writing! Look for the books they list at the library!

10 of My Personal Favorite Read Aloud Preschool Books:

  1. Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever
  2. The Snowy Day
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  4. Coudoroy
  5. Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear?
  6. The Story of Ferdinand
  7. The Little Engine that Could
  8. Last Stop on Market Street
  9. Frog & Toad books
  10. Little Bear books

Preschool Educational Games & Toys

These open-ended games and toys go a long way in teaching our kids important skills in preschool. They kept them learning and playing while I did chores or worked.

We built this collection slowly, adding them to wishlists for our kids’ birthdays and holidays. Some we even found at thrift stores!

Educational TV Shows

These were our favorite learning shows for our preschoolers.

Whether you can’t wait to start preschool homeschool with your child, or you’re simply looking for ways to make preschool at home less overwhelming, these ideas will help your child grow and learn!