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Four-Year Old Homeschool Preschool

In past generations, small children learned (and learned a lot) through their play, daily interactions at home, etc. Schooling toddlers and preschoolers is a fairly new phenomenon, and I would go as far as to say that formal schooling for your toddlers and preschoolers is actually not a necessity. With that being said, please understand that when it comes to Four-Year Old Homeschool Preschool, you can not mess it up – I promise!

Homeschool Preschool is simply a way to describe you taking advantage of opportunities to guide your little learner as they discover the world around them. When I chat about homeschooling preschoolers, I’m talking about reading with them, playing with them, and involving them in those day-to-day life moments that have the power to teach.

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

When my oldest turned two, I decided to begin venturing into the world of Homeschool Preschool. I felt that we would both benefit from the structure and routine it would provide during our days together, and as a former classroom teacher, I must admit I was especially excited to plan learning activities for him.

I simply couldn’t help myself!

While I am a firm believer that children learn best through play as well as through interactions with others, I thought it would be fun to have just a few minutes each day dedicated to these learning activities – definitely something that can be practiced while simply playing and reading books aloud with your little one, but I decided to take it a step further – just for fun.

Are you wanting to do the same? If so, simply choose the areas where you would like to focus with your little one, and then gather resources that will assist you in meeting those goals. Please don’t drive yourself crazy overthinking the details. I assure you that there is no wrong way to do this. The only danger is trying to take on too much at once – overwhelming yourself and your child. My first piece of advice for two-year old homeschool preschool?

Keep it simple – Keep it fun.

I assure you it will make all the difference!

This post will provide you with tips and ideas that will make it possible for you to navigate Four-Year Old Homeschool Preschool at home with your child, and my hope is that you and your little one will have a lot of fun learning together!

Four-Year Old Homeschool Preschool

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

What Do I Want My Four-Year Old to Learn?

For the four-year old year, I like to focus on the following areas:

Your goals for your little one may differ, but this list will provide you with a good starting point!

  • Recognizing/Tracing/Writing Letters
  • Recognizing and Applying Vowel/Consonant Sounds
  • Recognizing Sight Words & Reading CVC Words
  • Recognizing/Tracing/Writing/Counting Numbers to 100
  • Identifying/Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Recognizing Coins & Becoming Familiar with their Value
  • Becoming Familiar with both Analog and Digital Clocks
  • Recognizing/Creating Patterns & Sequences
  • Sorting/Classifying
  • Tracing/Cutting/Pasting
  • Gross Motor Skills/Fine Motor Skills
  • Memorization

If you’ve followed along with my areas of focus for two-year olds and three-year olds, you will see that this four-year old list includes new areas of focus. At this point, our school time is including more and more, but as always, the goal is for your preschooler to continue exploring the world around them. This is the key to fostering a love of learning, and raising life-long learners is most definitely at the heart of all of this.

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

The above activity is from Bitty Beginnings.

What Resources Do I Use?

Bible

For Bible, we use The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name and Jesus Calling for Little Ones. During breakfast each morning, we read a story from one of these, and it serves as the perfect way to kick off our morning. I saved all of our favorite Bible resources here.

Bible Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling - What We Use for Bible by This Little Home of Mine

We have made Scripture Memorization a part of our daily Home School Routine. For our three-year old homeschool year, we memorize Psalm 23 and portions of Luke 2 (around the holidays). For our four-year old homeschool year, we memorize Psalm 100 and revisit those same portions of Luke 2 (around the holidays) – continuing to review Psalm 23 as well. We focus on one specific chapter each year. Not only does this give us the opportunity to truly meditate on the verses in the passage, but it also keeps us from getting overwhelmed. Scripture memory is also a focus in some of the outside programs in which my kids are involved, and I definitely want to keep Bible memory fun for them.

Our Favorite Scripture Memory Practice Ideas:

Read Aloud – Read your verse(s) aloud before meals…before bedtime…while you’re sitting in the car…while you’re waiting at the doctor. For most kids, this alone will be enough for them to quickly memorize the passage you have chosen for them. This is all it took for our oldest to memorize Psalm 23…in less than two weeks…just after he turned three. It is amazing what kids are capable of doing – Don’t be afraid to set the bar high!
 
Perform – Our kids love acting things out, putting on puppet shows, making videos of themselves on their tablet. We have started to incorporate Bible memory practice in to these activities, and they love it.
Share – Our kids are always excited to call or video chat with their grandparents! As they learn new verses, they love sharing them with their family in this way, and we enjoy watching them get to celebrate their accomplishments.

  Scripture Memory Resources We Love:

Scripture Music – While there are so many incredible resources out there, my absolute favorite is Steve Green’s Hide ’em In Your Heart Collection. Even as an adult, I will oftentimes find myself singing these that I learned when I was a kid. The Hidden in My Heart Lullaby Collection is another option – it is hands down some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.

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You Tube/iTunes – There are so many great little songs/videos available on-line that are fun to use for Bible Memory practice. My kids especially like watching other kids recite a specific passage they are learning. Find something on-line that works for your kids, and put it to use!
Pinterest – Pinterest is full of creative ideas and helpful resources! While Pinterest can be helpful, it can also be overwhelming. So find a few things that you think will work for you – Be realistic, and remember to keep this fun for you as well!

Language Arts

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool A Beka Phonics Curriculum by This Little Home of Mine

Abeka’s Phonics Charts 1, 2, and 3

Abeka’s Writing with Phonics K4 (Manuscript)* Workbook

*Abeka also offers a cursive program for 4’s, but we choose to wait until second-grade to transition to cursive.

Abeka’s Little Book Set

Homeschool Preschool A Beka Resources by This Little Home of Mine

More About How We Do Abeka Phonics:

We kick off the four-year old year with Phonics Charts 1 & 2, but as the year goes on and our preschooler grows in their understanding of phonics, we add additional phonics charts to our daily practice and we begin using the following Abeka products:

Blend Practice Cards A

Blend Practice Cards B

Clue Word Cards

*These are color coded to coordinate with the Phonics Charts.

One-Vowel Word Cards

Two-Vowel Word Cards

Read More: How We Use Abeka Phonics

A Beka Phonics Flashcards: How We Use A Beka Phonics by This Little Home of Mine

Handwriting Without Tears’ Letters & Numbers for Me Workbook is also a great option! Handwriting without Tears offers loads of great sensory activities for beginning learners. We use the Keyboarding without Tears component of their program, so if you visit their website, be sure to check that out as well!

If your little one is showing an interest in reading, you may want to encourage them with these fun ideas!

Math

The Handwriting Without Tears’ Letters & Numbers for Me workbook offers some practice with writing numbers, but for the four-year old year, we also use Kumon’s math workbooks. Their Numbers 1-30 workbook is a great place to start, and using these either during the summer before the four-year old year and/or after the four-year old year has worked well for us.

Three Year Old Homeschool Preschool: Kumon Workbooks (Letter a Week Alphabet Activities) by This Little Home of Mine

Their workbooks include so much variety, and I love the way Kumon encourages critical thinking – even at a young age.

My First Book of Uppercase Letters Available Here

My First Book of Lowercase Letters Available Here

My Book of Numbers 1-30 Available Here

While workbooks can be great resources for some children, hands-on interaction is the center of our focus – we use lots and lots of manipulatives!

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

The Tangrams pictured here are by Lakeshore Learning (found second-hand) – An alternative set can be found here.

Extra-Curricular Activities

For science, history, art, music, and physical education, our kiddos are involved in several different local programs. We also keep an eye out for any age-appropriate opportunities being offered at our museums, libraries, theaters, etc. There seem to be loads of great resources right in our backyard, and many of them are free! Some areas have local Facebook groups dedicated to connecting homeschooling families to amazing field trips – Be sure to check out what is going on in your town! One of my favorite things about homeschooling is all of the additional opportunities you are able to provide for your little ones.

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

 How Do I Stay Organized?

I simply use my personal day planner to jot down the workbook pages and hands-on activities that I want to complete with my child each day. I plan for four-days a week – allowing for Friday to be wide open for reinforcement practice and enrichment activities.

Three Year Old Homeschool Preschool: Homeschool Lesson Planning by This Little Home of Mine

Check out my favorite planner: Simple & Inexpensive!

I typically plan out 1-2 months at a time – leaving room for any holidays, out-of-town trips, etc. that would take us away from our usual routine. There is no need to be strict and rigid with your schedule. One of the most beautiful things about homeschooling is the flexibility it provides. Don’t be afraid to embrace that.

What Do My Lesson Plans Look Like?

 Each day begins with our morning time:
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These are all daily practice activities that we go through each morning and then we walk through the worksheets/activities planned for each day.

The Days of the Week Song is sung to the Tune of “Yankee Doodle”:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Don’t ask me to sing again, because I’ll do it anyway.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

The Months of the Year Song is sung to the Tune “Michael Finnegan”

January, February, March, and April

May and June

July and August

September, October, November, December

These are the months of the year.

Here’s an example of what our first two weeks of four-year old homeschool preschool might look like:

Week #1

Monday, September 1st: Letters & Numbers for Me Workbook Pages 8-9; Little Book #1; Create patterns with trail mix; Interact with the Starfall website.

Tuesday, September 2nd: Writing with Phonics Workbook Pages 1-2; Little Book #1; Classify animals by category; Complete cutting/gluing activity.

Wednesday, September 3rd: Letters & Numbers for Me Workbook Page 10; Little Book #1; Play Shapes Bingo Game; Count to 20 with counting bears; Attend Story Time/Music Time at the local library.

Thursday, September 4th: Writing with Phonics Workbook Pages 3-4; Little Book #1; Sort Legos by color; Use popsicle sticks to create geometric shapes.

Friday, September 5th: Keyboarding without Tears; Educational YouTube Channels*; Attend drop-in art class at the local art center.

Week #2

Monday, September 8th: Letters & Numbers for Me Workbook Page 11; Little Book #2; Create patterns with colorful pom poms; Interact with the Starfall website.

Tuesday, September 9th: Writing with Phonics Workbook Pages 5-6; Little Book #2; Complete cutting/gluing activity.

Wednesday, September 10th: Letters & Numbers for Me Workbook Page 12; Little Book #2; Trace sight words with a highlighter; Count to 20 with counting chips; Attend Story Time/Music Time at the local library.

Thursday, September 11th: Writing with Phonics Workbook Pages 65-66; Little Book #2; Sort coins by their value; Use play dough to create geometric shapes.

Friday, September 12th: Keyboarding without Tears; Educational YouTube Channels*; Attend drop-in art class at the local art center.

*Some of our favorite YouTube Channels: Super Simple Learning, Maple Leaf Learning, Oh My Genius, Storybots, Edewcate, Jack Hartmann, Patty Shukla, and Mother Goose Club.

Next Up: After each day’s worksheets have been completed, then it’s on to hands-on activities that provide practice and reinforcement in our areas of focus. This is where I like to spend the majority of our time!

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

Interested in having access to ALL of my lesson plans A through Z? I’ve released them HERE!

Five Senses Activity Guide for Letter-a-Week by This Little Home of Mine

Yes, I’ve done all the work for you – providing you with a multi-sensory approach to teaching more than JUST the alphabet: Library Lists, Snack Ideas, STEM Activities, Sensory Explorations, Art Experiences, Outdoor Play, and more!

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*This product works standing alone OR as a supplemental activity guide you can use with other resources!

Where Do I Find My Ideas for Hands-On Activities?

I like to brainstorm ahead of time about what kinds of activities my child will enjoy doing. Does your child love board books? Puzzles? Do you own any educational toys/games that they especially enjoy? Is your little one artistic? Musical? Consider these kinds of questions and then tailor your activities to their interests. Another beautiful thing about homeschooling is that you can plan your lessons specifically for your child, so don’t hesitate to do just that! Doing so guarantees that they will enjoy learning with you which is most definitely the number one goal!

Four Year Old Homeschool Preschool

If you find that an activity isn’t working well (and there can be a variety of different reasons why this might be the case), don’t stress. Simply stop what you’re doing and redirect. No worries!

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas for your little one, I have one word for you: Pinterest! Hey, even if your creative juices ARE flowing, I would still suggest checking out Pinterest. Search “Letter of the Week Activities”, and you will be all set with fun ideas to last you from A to Z...and then some! Free letter/number printables, simple alphabet-related craft ideas (Have I mentioned that I’m all about simple?), tasty snack suggestions for each letter of the alphabet, and more – It’s all there for you! In fact, you will discover more ideas than you could ever possibly do, so just pick a few that sound especially fun [and do-able], and you will be all set for a great year.

In the early days, that is what I did – putting all of my favorite activities together in this resource that I make available here at This Little Home of Mine:

Five Senses Activity Guide for Letter-a-Week by This Little Home of Mine

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Now, for my #1 homeschool organization tip: On Sunday night, I lay out any workbooks/supplies I want to use in the coming week. Once a busy week begins, everything I need is right there at my fingertips…which ensures the activities will actually happen as I hope.

Where Do I Find My Supplemental Resources:

Most of my educational supplies/toys have come from yard sales, thrift stores, and consignment sales! You can even find great resources at the dollar store/in the dollar spot! You do not have to spend a lot of money to provide great resources for your children.

Homeschool Preschool Manipulatives by This Little Home of Mine

 A Few Final Thoughts:

Some educators feel that Abeka’s curriculum is too traditional, but I love the strong foundation it provides! This is not to say that the program is for everyone! Every child is different…every parent teaches in their own unique way…but this is simply why we have chosen to use it for our preschoolers. Some parents may feel overwhelmed by the thought of learning Abeka’s phonics curriculum. I can completely understand this as it may seem like a foreign language to those who have never taught it; but I promise that after a little bit of time, it becomes second nature to you and your child! Abeka‘s preschool curriculum allows you to start with basic concepts and then grow from there as your child moves along in the program.

 

Round-the-clock learning is encouraged! We continue “schooling” during the summer months – even including educational activities in to our summer travels. The goal is to always keep it laid-back and fun – with little ones not even realizing that they are learning!

During the summer months, we have also used a variety of different age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate workbooks. For example, Kumon workbooks provide great reinforcement, but I would highly suggest testing the waters to see what your child is able to do as you definitely do not want them to feel overwhelmed. There are so many great workbooks and activity ideas out there – find what your little one loves and let that be your guide! Don’t over think it. Don’t compare to others. Just go with it. You will be amazed what they will be able to do!

Whether we realize it or not, lots of learning is going on during typical childhood activities: rigorous outside play, building with blocks, assisting with household chores, coloring/painting at an easel, cutting/pasting with paper and glue, designing with play dough, creating with Legos. Especially at this age, it is important that we value these things! My kids love when I read aloud to them! They are big fans of play dates at the park and trips to the library for music time/story time. They enjoy going to the art center and doing little projects in the garage with their dad. They love taking “nature walks” and playing outside with water, bubbles, sand, and chalk. These daily experiences are where so much learning is taking place. In my mind, formal Homeschool Preschool is simply for reinforcement and enrichment, and I would encourage families to simply find ways to enjoy learning together.

The sky’s the limit!

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11 Comments

  1. Toyia Williams says:

    You have some great activities.

    1. Thanks so much, Toyia! I love connecting with other moms – So glad you stopped by!

  2. I’m sorry if this is obvious- just checking out your site for the first time! I went to the a Beka site and got a little confused. Did you purchase the whole k4 kit? Or just choose the books you mentioned? Is the parent kit necessary? Thanks for your help!

  3. What a great teacher you are–not only to your precious children, but to adults as well. I just found your website today while scrolling through Pinterest. ?
    I teach 4 yr old preschool at a local church and I know that I can use your ideas in my classroom too.

    Thank you for sharing what works for you and yours in such detail that anyone–whether you are a young (younger than me! Lol) mom doing/learning/trying our best to homeschool or a “seasoned” mom (in my 50’s-yikes!) doing/learning/trying in a classroom environment–be the best we can be to teach these precious angels God has put into our lives.

  4. Hello, I recently found your page through pinterest. This is my first year starting to homeschool my 4 year old boy. Anyways, in your schedule you wrote weather, I was just wondering what that entails? do you go through the seasons of the year and how rain is made? or do you go through that days weather? Thank you

    1. We usually chat about that day’s weather~ Sometimes we chat about specific clothing you might wear for that weather, which season we’re in, etc. but it stays pretty casual. I’m so glad we’ve connected! Let’s stay in touch!

  5. This is Amazing! I’m wanting to start homeschool for my four year old. There’s just so much out there. I can’t figure out where to start! I will definitely be back to your blog. Thanks so much for the detailed schedule!

  6. Love your site, so many great ideas- you are definitely gifted at teaching. I will be starting homeschool for the first time with my soon to be 4 year old and I am wondering how to put lesson plans together the way you have with the first sample weeks you have here. I love Abeka phonics (its how I learned to read) but I’m wondering if I need to purchase the parent guide, just so I know what to say! I need my hand held!

    1. Hey Ashley! I think their guides can be really helpful for those just getting started with the journey at home~ It can definitely give some comfort, but either way, I know you’ll do great! On Monday, I’ll be doing a LIVE CHAT in our Facebook group – specifically focused on four-year-olds, and then on Tuesday, I’ll be chatting about K5 and first-grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolingyourpreschooler/ Would love for you to join us!

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