An awesome round up of essentials for homeschooling your early learner!
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Many parents may be considering preschool at home for a number of reasons. Perhaps its an option you’ve always wanted to consider. Maybe you are considering preschool at home because of the state of our nation as were are in the midst of a pandemic. Maybe its a more economically sound decision for you and your family. Whatever your reason may be, you will find Preschool at home must haves in this post. All of these suggestions will be wonderful for an easy transition and more organized homeschool life. Staying home with my son through these amazing early years and having been an early childhood educator for many years, I have definitely managed a list of ” can’t live withouts”.
Having a printer at home is an absolute must. If you’re doing preschool at home, its likely that alot of your learning aides will be in printable download format so its just helps to be able to print right at home. I really like this one because it does a great job of printing on cardstock (another must!) and it has a mobile printing option, which is an awesome and convenient feature.
allows you to easily set up your wireless printer, scan documents with your camera, and print from social media or the cloud, such as iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
A great reason to laminate homeschool activities is it allows printables to be more durable. However, the BEST reason to laminate is to create multi use opportunites with your activities. When a given printable is laminated, your little one can use dry erase markers with the activity! A definite heavily used tool in our home! We use this one
- 5 minute warm-up time. Light signals when machine is ready
- Assembled product dimensions (L x w x H) 4.00 x 15.80 x 4.00 inches.Never jam technology automatically prevents misfed Items
- 2 roller machine. Laminates at speed of 15 in/Min. Use with 3-5 Mil thick thermal pouches, up to 9 Inches Wide
A storage cart is so helpful to help organize and hold frequently used items such as markers, pencils, crayons, craft, craft supplies etc. Its much easier to have everything in one place and your little one will be an excellent helper in the clean up department as there is a place for everything and everything has its very own place!
- 【Ideal storage solution for anywhere】 – As a space saver, the 3 tier shelves can provide you more EXTRA storage space. Use it for your pantry, kitchen, garage, laundry supplies, kid’s toy, or any other multitude of possibilities, etc.
3 Ring Binder
There is alot of planning involved with homeschooling. You’ll want to plan your weekly themes, and have everything prepped and ready to go! The best way for me to do this has been to use a 3 Ring Binder and divide weekly themes in a way that serves me best. I use dividers and clear pocket paper protectors to place hard copys, printable activities etc. for the week! Planning out your weeks will become a regular part of your routine, so it is really important to find a way to keep track of all your lesson plans and activities
There are many different kinds of pocket charts that you can choose from. I got a really basic ones from a local educators store years ago. Similar to this one. You can find them at the dollar tree too!
- Awesome tool for Homeschooling: Teacher resource for classroom management, center activities, learning activities, small group instruction, ideal for classroom and home use.
- Heavy Duty Pocket Chart: Made of durable Nylon, solid construction with industrial grade stitched inside each pocket chart for stability.
Great to have to protect hard copies or worksheets/ activities you may want to reuse. They can also be used as “laminate” For example, you can place a tracing practice sheet inside a protector and have your little one trace onto the protector with a dry erase marker. You can definitely use traditional page protectors but I found this set on amazon and love it!
VERSATILITY – Ravel Dry Erase Sheets comes in a value pack of 12 sleeves (6 assorted colors). Our multi-purpose sleeves are 10×13 inches so it will easily fit most of the student activity sheets, work orders and shop ticket orders and more.
Any paper sorts, printable games, or pocket chart activities will be so much more durable when printed on cardstock. Kick it up a notch by laminating and they last even longer! Cardstock quickly became an item I found myself replenishing often as I would purchase small packs at Target or Michael’s. I buy larger packs now. I love this brand:
- IDEAL FOR EVERDAY PROJECTS: This smooth cardstock is ideal for premium brochures, flyers, report covers, and crafting
- PREMIUM PRINT PERFORMANCE: Create crisp prints with jam-free results. Enjoy bleed-free, double-sided prints in copiers, inkjet and laser printers. Plus, our cardstock is lignin and acid-free to reduce yellowing over time.
Cut and paste and crafting will be something your little one will love to look forward to. In the beginning they won’t use glue sparingly. (lol) I always purchase multi packs as opposed to one stick or two.
Paper plates are an absolute must have for me. I can’t count how many on the spot craft activities I have come up with the a paper plate! There’sl ikely no end to what you can make. Here are only a few of the crafts we done with paper plates.
The lovely Dinosaur or turtle or ladybug your little created is not officially a master piece until the googley eyes are glued on:)
So many crafting opportunities with these. Great to use for numbers and counting activities as well!
You will also need
- Crayons, color pencils, markers. I loved that the set below comes in a trio!
- Construction Paper- Essential for crafting!
- Easy open, recyclable package ships in simple recyclable packaging that’s easy to open and frustration free, and the Play Doh cans and lids are also recyclable to help build a more sustainable world
- Notice to parents: contains wheat
Play dough is so great for learning through play. A definite hands-on medium perfect for fine motor skills. I love to use play dough with learning mats (latminated). I also love to include play dough in any themed invitation to play I set up for my son. For example, here’s an Easter themed invitation to play I set up where I included playdough number mats:
I really enjoy clip card activities for learning. All you need to do these type of activities is clothes pins. You can also come up with cool craft ideas using clothes pins as well. Not familiar with clipcard activities? Check out this one I created!
I love dot makers for roll and cover activities, or find and cover activities. They’d also be perfect for art and crafts as well. Here’s a Numbers and Counting activity perfect to use with dot makers!
Scoops & Tongs
These are perfect for sensory play and activities. Create sensory bins using rice, beans, or pom poms:) We absolutely love this set
Sensory Bin Tools for Toddlers – scoops, tongs and cups and pots simulate fine motor skills and sensory play.
Well wishes on your homeschool journey!
I am wishing you a smooth transition and lots of teachable moments together! There is no definitive right or wrong way. Do what is complimentary to you and your little one(s). Feel free to visit my amazon finds shop where I have curated many other learning aides & tools for early learning and homeschool!