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In another week, we will begin our fourth year of homeschooling. During that time, my older two children have been homeschooled through Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), and we have been so very grateful for that resource. However, I now have a four-year-old, and he has been asking to be homeschooled for over a year! Since CCA does not have a pre-K program, I will be creating our own homeschool program for him this year and am looking for some easy preschool ideas and themes. I never thought I would teach preschool, let alone homeschool preschool! It’s a little scary but so much fun at the same time.
One of the things I loved about the preschool my older children went to was the weekly and monthly themes that pulled all of their lessons, stories, and activities together. Everything from a handprint turkey to a cotton ball bunny to build on the weekly themes.
This is something I wanted to replicate in our homeschool for my youngest, but to also incorporate the themes with my older children whenever possible.
While I am calling this a list of preschool themes, these ideas can work for any age group from homeschool preschool to any grade in traditional brick & mortar schools. These themes may also be a good jumping-off point for Morning Meeting even in the upper elementary grades.
Holiday Tie Ins: Honey Month; Labor Day; Teddy Bear Day 9/9; International Talk Like A Pirate Day 9/19; Autumn Equinox 9/22; National Comic Book Day 9/25
Holiday Tie Ins: National Hummingbird Day – 1st Saturday; Fire Prevention Week – week 2; National Fossil Day 10/17; Horseless Carriage Day 10/26; Halloween 10/31
Orange & Black
Holiday Tie Ins: Election Day; Veterans’ Day 11/11; Thanksgiving Day
Orange & Brown
Holiday Tie Ins: Hanukkah; Advent; Gingerbread House Day 12/12; Winter Solstice; Christmas; Kwanzaa
Holiday Tie Ins: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr Day; National Day of Service
Holiday Tie Ins: Ground Hog Day 2/2; Valentine’s Day; Presidents’ Day; Chinese New Year; Mardi Gras/Carnivale; Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday 2/15; Tell a Fairy Tale Day 2/26; International Polar Bear Day 2/27;
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Holiday Tie Ins: Passover; Easter; Spring; Dr. Seuss’s Birthday 3/2; St Patrick’s Day 3/17
Pot of Gold
Cat in the Hat
Thing 1 & Thing 2
Red Fish, Blue Fish
Green Eggs & Ham
Holiday Tie Ins: Easter; Passover; National Garden Week – week 2; National Soft Pretzel Month; National Zoo & Aquarium Month; US Elephant Day 4/13; Earth Day 4/22
Holiday Tie Ins: National Bike Month; Mother’s Day; Memorial Day; Jigsaw Puzzle Day 5/11; World Turtle Day 5/23
Holiday Tie Ins: Summer Solstice; Flag Day; Father’s Day; National Fishing Week – week 1; Hot Air Balloon Day 6/5; Sunglasses Day 6/27
Holiday Tie Ins: Independence Day; Great Circus Parade Week – week 1; Greatest Show on Earth birthday 7/8; Cow Appreciation Day 7/15 or 7/18; Vanilla Ice Cream Day 7/23; Ice Cream Sundae Day – 3rd Sunday; National Picnic Month; National Hot Dog Month
Red, White, & Blue
Ice Cream Sundae
Holiday Tie Ins: National Watermelon Month; National Peach Month; National S’mores Day 8/10; Eyeglasses Day 8/13; Shooting Star Day 8/24; National Dog Day 8/26