Teach preschool at home with confidence using our kid-tested, mom-approved hands-on lesson plans.
33 fun themes
Each set is full of playful activity ideas and supporting printables to help prepare your child for kindergarten with ease.
Math, literacy, sensory play, fine motor skills and more for kids ages 3 to 5!
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The yearlong curriculum bundle includes 33 fully-developed lesson plan sets PLUS bonus materials.
- The Quick Start Guide will help you make the most of your lesson plan bundle.
- The Guide to Getting Started with Home Preschool provides an even more in-depth look at teaching preschool at home.
A Year of Popular Themes Kids Love
- All About Me
- Arctic Animals
- Australian Animals
- Five Senses
- Ice Cream
- Pond Animals
- Rain Forest Animals
- The Mitten
Teaching preschool at home shouldn’t be stressful. It should be fun!
Don’t spend all of your time planning and gathering ideas. We’ve combined our favorite early childhood activities for you, so you can focus on having fun with your preschooler as you practice key early childhood skills in all areas.
Save time planning AND have fun teaching preschool at home!
What makes the Hands-on at Home Preschool unique?
This program is designed with flexibility in mind. The themes in the Hands-on at Home Preschool Curriculum are designed to be interest based.
As such they do not follow a required sequence. Instead you may pick and choose which order you’d like to follow based on your child’s interests without worrying that you’re missing important skills.
Each sets of lesson plans has more than enough activities for a full week or more of playful, hands-on learning.
Pick and choose your own order, or follow one of our pacing guides.
9-Month Pacing Guide
For those families following the traditional school year calendar we’ve mapped out a 9-month option.
12-Month Pacing Guide
Spread your 33 themes out throughout the entire year, and add in more flex time with the 12-month pacing option.
What’s inside a lesson plan?
Each theme comes with a full set of planning materials and related printables.
On the Lesson Activities page, you’ll find 5 math activities, 5 science activities, 5 literacy activities, and 3-5 alternative activities that often relate to art, fine motor, or sensory skills. These activities are typically best done with your child and involve parent support.
On the Independent Activities page you’ll find activities that can be introduced to children and then inspire independent playtime or exploration.
We’ve also included a Book List and Preschool Skills Checklist in each set.
In each theme you will also find related printables like emergent readers and learning games. While we do not recommend using worksheets frequently with young children, we do find that a few well-designed printables are helpful to support various learning goals and save you some prep time.
However, if you prefer not to print the extra printables many of the activities can be either hand-drawn on copy paper or butcher paper, or you may do a similar activity with materials you have on hand using the general concept of the activity description.
Parents are loving these lesson plans!
“Such a time saver!!!”
“Such a great resource and very easy to follow.”
“Appropriate and fun activities”
How long will each day take?
You get to decide!
As we mentioned before parents love the flexibility embedded into our home preschool curriculum. In addition to the activity descriptions, we’ve provided three lesson plan formats for you to choose from. Pick the option that best meets your personal preferences and family routine.
You can be done in as little as 30-minutes per day, or you can stagger activities for a full day of playful learning.
All lesson plans can be printed or viewed on a digital device of your choice.
The Half-Day Lesson Plan outlines a morning routine that alternates between engaged learning time with planned activities and independent play.
The Full-Day Lesson Plan outlines a longer day that also alternates between engaged learning time with planned activities and independent play, but it also incorporates additional activities.
For those who prefer less structure and want to pick and choose activities as needed, we’ve provided the Activities Checklist. Select this approach if you’d rather pick 2 or 3 activities a day and do them as time allows in your regular routine. Using this approach you can decide whether to extend a theme until the activities are all completed, or stop after a week and move onto the next theme. Activities not done can be used during a FLEX week or if you choose to revisit the theme again another year.
Don’t miss these bonus materials!
In addition to 33 home preschool lesson plans sets, this bundle includes…
Quick Start Guide
The 17-page Quick Start Guide is designed to give you a quick overview of the Hands-on at Home Preschool Curriculum.Inside you’ll find:
- The complete theme list in alphabetical order
- A recommended 9-month pacing guide theme breakdown
- A recommended 12-month pacing guide theme breakdown
- Tips for making the most of FLEX weeks
- Lesson plan overview
- Tips for making the most of read alouds
Complete Guide to Getting Started with Home Preschool
For those interested in an even more in-depth background and training, we’ve also included the 107-page Guide to Getting Started with Home Preschool. Read it cover to cover or pick and choose sections that relate to specific areas you’d like to know more about.
Inside you’ll find…
- Information about preschool skills and the basics of preschool literacy, math, and science goals, as well as additional skills like fine motor, gross motor, and social emotional development.
- Tips and templates for outlining a home preschool schedule that fits your personal family needs and preferences
- Sample schedules
- Tips for getting and organizing materials
- Printable assessment checklist to monitor progress, if desired