Teaching Preschool Using Workbooks

by | Homeschool Mom Helps

Teaching Preschool at Home

Teaching preschool at home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task! Check out how I used simple workbooks to keep my youngest engaged and learning while I worked on formal lessons with my older children during our first year of learning at home.

Teaching Preschool at Home

Teaching preschool can be a beautiful experience, but it can also be filled with unnecessary stress when if you over-complicate the process. That was exactly what I did when I was learning how to homeschool preschool.

Add on the struggle of keeping younger learners busy while homeschooling your older children and it can feel near impossible!

This is exactly why we utilize a homeschool morning basket, workbooks, and other simple activities throughout our morning hours.

Teaching Preschool at Home Doesn't Have to be Overwhelming

Teaching Preschool Without Curriculum

When I first started homeschooling, one of my biggest struggles was learning how to keep my young daughter busy while I spent time connecting with or teaching lessons to my older boys.

Our first year of full-time learning at home was spent catering to the schedule of our online school and I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things I had to do.

This left me with no energy or time to work on preschool lessons with my youngest.

The solution? Leaning on simple preschool workbooks and hands-on activities to keep her engaged and learning.

Simple Hands-On Activities are Perfect for Preschoolers

I simply tucked a few workbooks into our homeschool morning basket so that my daughter could have something simple to work on while I taught my boys their morning bible lessons. My daughter used the floor as her desk, while the boys and I hung out on the couch.

I’m a huge fan of simple mornings, so this worked great for us.

Teaching Preschool Using Workbooks

Our family eventually left virtual learning behind and opted for a more standard version of homeschooling.

We currently homeschool using a traditional curriculum program.

While I did use many workbooks during my daughter’s preschool years, I also leaned on a simple preschool curriculum for all of her core learning.

With that said, you can totally homeschool preschool with just workbooks if you wish.

Teaching Preschool Using Workbooks in Place of Curriculum

If you plan on teaching preschool using workbooks as your main form of learning, these are the things you need to know!

  • Size Really Does Matter

Opt for smaller workbooks for little learners.

Huge all-in-one workbooks can be heavy and overwhelming for a young child.

Preschool is a time for creating a simple and exciting learning experience, not a heavy workload. 

  • Make Sure You Diversify

Create a library of workbooks for your preschooler to choose from.

This helps eliminate boredom, encourages decision-making skills, and keeps learning light and fun!

Make sure you have both motor-skills/hand-eye coordination workbooks & educational workbooks on hand.

From sticker & dot to dot workbooks to letter tracing & counting.

  • Stick with What Works

While diversifying is great, sometimes a child finds their sweet spot and prefers to stay right there. This is 100% ok!

If your kiddo hates a certain type of workbook, don’t be afraid to toss or donate it and if he/she finds their perfect fit, it’s ok to buy that same book over and over again!

It’s not a waste if your child is learning and loving it.

Workbooks for Preschoolers

If teaching preschool with workbooks is your ultimate plan, I’ve got the good you’re looking for!

From budget-friendly preschool workbooks to awesome activity books. Our mega list of preschool workbooks has it all!

Yes, I’ve even included some of those heafty all-in-one preschool curriculum workbooks I mentioned above.

While those aren’t my go-to option for simple workbook learning, they work great in worksheet form if you decide to opt for a more structured preschool experience!

Tons of Great Workbooks for Preschool at Home

My daughter had quite a few favorites during her preschool years and this super cute sticker workbook was definitely one of them! She liked it so much that I ended up buying many other workbooks similar to this one. Stickers were definitely her happy place.

I absolutely love utilizing workbooks in our homeschool as an extra, but they can work great as a main source for learning as well!

Not only do they tend to be more budget-friendly than most homeschool curriculum bundles, but some of them can actually be more engaging.

We always keep a few of these bad boys tucked around our house for simple summer learning or downtime.

Teaching Preschool Using Everything

If you decide to teach your preschooler at home using a mixture of curriculum for core learning, activities for hands-on learning, and workbooks as a supplement, these are the things you need to know!

First, it’s important to separate the structure of a traditional curriculum from the simplicity and ease of workbooks.

In other words, do not treat the workbooks you use the same as you would your core curriculum.

Workbooks ought to be looked at as a supplement or a fun extra instead.

This will help your child understand the difference between structured lesson time & independent work.

Second, create a no-pressure atmosphere by schooling at your little one’s pace. Forget typical school standards and watch your preschooler flourish!



Simple Tips for Using Workbooks in Your Homeschool

Creating a no-pressure environment in your preschool will encourage your little one to form a love and desire for learning.

Lastly, always keep multiple workbooks available for your little one to work on at any given time, and don’t ever put a limit on how much or how little they can work in a setting.

If your little one wants to work in their sticker book for 40 minutes, embrace it!

My daughter absolutely loved picking out her own workbooks each day. I would take a quick moment to go over the instructions (if needed) and let her run with it. Sometimes sh would finish half a page, while other days she would complete 3-4 pages!

Flexibility is key.

Using Preschool Workbooks

Leaning on workbooks as an extra will always be my go-to as a homeschool mom and these are just a few of my favorite ways to use them!

  • During my morning coffee
  • While teaching older children
  • When cooking dinner
  • During our quiet time routine

Using workbooks for my preschool-aged daughter during the early years was such a blessing! They kept my sweet girl engaged just long enough for me to complete the task at hand and she was learning important skills along the way.

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Teaching Preschool Using Workbooks

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool mom helps portion of the blog! 

This is where you will find simple encouragement from a homeschool mom that has been there a time or two herself.

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