What to Expect in a
Pre-k Curriculum

When trying to select pre-k curriculum or develop your own home school preschool course of study, there are several common themes to look for. A quality preschool program should challenge but never overwhelm a young child at this stage of teaching the alphabet and more.

Home School Preschool Concepts

Typically, you will want to introduce and practice foundational concepts to prepare your child for homeschool kindergarten later on. Since it is widely accepted that children are capable and quite responsive to learning, before the age of five, it only makes sense to start homeschooling early.

However, the objective must ALWAYS be to instill a love and joy of learning within the preschooler.

  • Math skills include learning the numbers and understanding one to one ratio such as that the number three represents that number of objects. Simple addition or subtraction may be taught as long as the child comprehends the concepts.
  • Language skills include listening to stories, teaching the alphabet, speaking the language and understanding it. Reading books and retelling stories will make up a large part of this course of study as well as introduction to handwriting.
  • Science skills include being aware of nature and how we relate to it, including weather, plants, and animals.
  • Social Studies include recognition of the family, neighbors, careers, and some historical information as appropriate.
  • Creative/Performing Arts provide a forum for further language and social expression for the child. Songs, finger plays, drama, and crafts are some ways to encourage your child in this area.

Additionally, some may choose to introduce Bible studies or religion into the home school preschool at an age-appropriate level. This would also be done with books, crafts, and other forms of creative expression in the home.

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum Ideas

A very helpful pre-k curriculum is Ed. Hirsch's Core Knowledge series which covers these foundational concepts in small increments. These books have nursery rhymes and book excerpts which are suitable for young learners.

Other traditional publishers like Abeka, Bob Jones, and Rod & Staff also offer home school preschool materials.

If you decide to create your own, consider using a guideline such as the World Book Typical Course of Study to be sure you are covering all the subjects.

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