Preschool Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plans, Age 3

Preschool Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plans - Mud Hut Mama

In an attempt to organize this space a bit, I am listing the links to each week of our free homeschool preschool lesson plans for age three here. One thing that I would change if we were starting over would be to use the rhyme a week instruction from Webbing Into Literacy with their suggested activities from the start. All the activities we have done are based on this plan for a free DIY curriculum. Enjoy!

  • Week 1: Letter crafts (d, o & g), salt tray writing, letter recognition, sequencing, sorting by color, matching and nature bracelets
  • Week 2: Letter s craft, writing practice, letter recognition, cutting shapes, counting with playdough, sorting by size, number recognition, nature journals and popcorn science
  • Week 3: Letter crafts (a & t), shopping for letters, correct grip, measuring/baking, counting book, vinegar & baking soda volcanoes, studying animal tracks and tooth brushing practice with eggs
  • Week 4: Letter crafts (p & i), number cookies and nature journals
  • Week 5: Letter crafts (n & r), writing practice, comparing block towers, puzzles & pattern blocks, making dough & watching it rise and dealing with emotions (anger)
  • Week 6: Letter crafts (l & y), run to the shape, nature walk and dissecting a pumpkin
  • Week 7: Writing and letter sound practice, hopscotch, number matching, baking and nature journals
  • Week 8: Letter jump phonics game, number puzzles, making a counting book, dissolving egg shell experiment, building a grasshopper house and stringing pasta
  • Week 9: Letter sounds wall, homemade playdough math mats, color sorting and nature journals
  • Week 10: Letter c craft, number matching, learning about lion reintroductions and cutting practice
  • Week 11: Letter w craft, memory game with numbers and drop or float experiment
  • Week 12: Letter z craft, completing patterns with pattern blocks, color mixing and table manners
  • Week 13: Letter v craft, weighing, making dough & seeing it rise, nature journals and cleanliness & hand washing
  • Week 14: Lacing cards to act out a nursery rhyme, jigsaw puzzles and experimenting with water, ice & items found on a nature walk
  • Week 15: Making books & telling stories, making toy clocks and exploring living & nonliving things
  • Week 16: Rhyming, charting living & nonliving things and nature walks to look for living & nonliving things
  • Week 17: Drawing cubes, sequencing craft, growing an avocado tree and making a tiny bird bath
  • Week 19: Playdough letters, learning left & right and parts of a plant
  • Week 23: Reading practice, symmetrical butterflies and inflating a balloon with baking soda & vinegar
  • Week 24: Reading practice, graphing & estimating and making rock candy
  • Week 25: Reading practice, painting, opposites and studying terrapins
  • Week 26: Reading practice, double digit numbers with block towers and studying tortoises
  • Week 27 : Shape drawing cubes, tortoise shell math and a color changing milk experiment
  • Week 28 : Beginning sounds computer games, counting down and learning about germs
  • Week 29 : Matching uppercase and lowercase letters, nonstandard measurement and sink or float science
  • Week 30Blending letter sounds, measuring weight & volume and a floating egg experiment
  • Week 32: Phonics readers, time & temperature and reptiles
  • Week 33: Earth Day – focus on trees
  • Week 34: Blending letter sounds game, measuring area with blocks and color mixing with nature potions
  • Week 35: Word family wheels, things that go together worksheets and oobleck science
  • Week 36: Alphabetical order, number recognition and a dancing raisin science experiment

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  1. Kathy says:

    You rock! Thank you for this! :) My almost 3 YRO is starting preschool three mornings a week next month, but I will still review all of this to get some ideas for things we may do together at home. Though I doubt I will ever fully homeschool our children, in a paralell life I think it would be fascinating and wonderful experience.

    • Nicole Moore says:

      I’m so happy I found your site! My daughter is three and my son is 18 months. We decided to home school earlier this year and I’m late on getting started. I have so much motivation and ideas but I didn’t know where to start! I love your ideas and simple layout! I don’t know why I was over stressing myself! I’ll be keeping up with you. Thanks for the motivation. :) Nicole – Texas

  2. Zoe says:

    I’m going to home school my newly adopted 4 year olds in the fall. Because they are still learning English and have some delays, I’m wondering if these lesson plans might be useful to us. I’m going to check them out!

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Congratulations! I would love to hear which activities work for you. In the fall we will start doing a lot more lessons based on children’s books which might be helpful with language acquisition.

  3. Adrienne Williams says:

    This is fantastic! I’m just getting started and am so overwhelmed by the options. This looks so cohesive and do-able! I look forward to reading through all of your posts. Thank you!!!

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thank you for reading Adrienne. I was where you are almost exactly a year ago – now that we’ve finished our first year I am feeling so much more confident. I hope you find the posts useful.

  4. Romy Mayes says:

    Thanks for the great ideas, I lived in Malawi for three years (we were tobacco farming!) I home school my three girls, the older two (twins) are in their third year of HS & my youngest daughter is 4 & we just starting with her! :) We are living back in Zimbabwe now & very happy here :)

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thanks so much for reading – It is so nice to hear from someone who knows Malawi and I’m very glad that all is going well for you in Zim. I’d appreciate your thoughts since you’ve been through it all before with your older girls!

  5. Bethany Barrow says:

    Would you do this curriculum once a week or broken up into a couple of days? I really like the flow of it to use on my 3 year old and 2 year old this fall, but am just curious on how you laid it out. Thanks!

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Hi Bethany – thank you for reading. We break it up so we are only doing one or two structured activities a day. I generally make a list of the activities I want to do at the beginning of the week and then just pick one off it each day. I planned the activities with my three year old in mind but my two year old joined in for almost everything. I hope your kids enjoy the activities!

  6. Meagan says:

    Thank you so much for this!! My 2.5 yo has been asking for “school” for a while now, since her favorite little friend is in school (she’s a year older than my daughter), and I’ve been trying to find something more structured than “let her do whatever”, but not just a ton of worksheets (which is all the prepackaged curricula seem to be). As a former preschool teacher, you’d think that I would be a wealth of knowledge, but this pregnancy seems to have completely drained my “teacher brain”.

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Hi Meagan, Thanks for stopping by I hope your daughter enjoys the activities and I’d love to hear your feedback. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  7. Rachel says:

    Hi Jody : your lesson plans are awesome … I’ve been tossing the idea of homeschool my son around for a while but I was having trouble figuring out where to start. Your blog has solved that :) thank you. I am just wondering approximately how much time each day you spend on “school” ?
    Rachel

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thank you Rachel! I’m so glad this is useful. The time we spent on “school” did vary but I would say about a half an hour a day Monday through Friday was average for us.

  8. Krystal says:

    My son is almost 3 and we are struggling getting to speak. He’s in speech therapy and I thought I could get him into pre-k this fall, but was informed there is no developmental problems he’s where he should be and on somethings ahead. I am looking for tips to keep him doing well and this looks like it will be a great help. I am still going back and forth about the home schooling or not. But definitely want to keep him learning and having fun with it… Thanks for this.

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Hi Krystal – thank you for your comment and for reading my blog. I really hope your son enjoys these activities. You may already be familiar with it but I also wanted to mention another site that might interest you – http://www.playingwithwords365.com – it’s dedicated to expanding speech and language skills in young children through play. I’ll be so interested to hear if you do end up homeschooling!

      • Krystal says:

        I wasn’t familiar with that site. But I will be checking it out later today. Thanks that’s helpful.

  9. Britany says:

    Hello. I am just beginning home preschool in the fall and I am trying to decide if I should do 1 letter a week, 2 letters a week, in alphabetical order, vowels first…..so on! My question for you is…How well does teaching more than 1 letter a week work?

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thank you for your comment Britany and best of luck with your homeschool. A lot of people use letter of the week and love it but I decided not to after I read a few articles – here is one with similar information http://www.pre-kpages.com/lotw/ – of course you can probably find a lot of support for letter of the week too. We never finished the alphabet crafts because my kids ended up learning their letter sounds from the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD which I think ended up teaching them in a way that stuck much more than our letter crafts. We still might finish the alphabet crafts as reinforcement and because they are a lot of fun but my girls had no trouble learning more than one letter a week. Here is a post I wrote right before starting our preschool homeschool that explains how and why I decided to teach letters the way I did – http://www.mudhutmama.com/thoughts-on-how-to-teach-reading-to-my-kids/ – I hope you find it helpful. Thanks so much for reading my blog.

  10. Annmarie says:

    Jody- We have chosen to homeschool our preschooler. i read a previous post about teaching the letters via leap pad or my question is how did you get their writing skills down; Hand eye, cutting with scissors etc? if you were not doing work sheets on letters?

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Thank you for your comment Annmarie – my girls did learn most of their letters and sounds with the Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD. For writing (age 3) we practiced writing in a salt tray, in the sandbox with sticks, making play dough letters, writing on a chalkboard & whiteboard. We also did some of the worksheets from the Progressive Phonics website. This year (age 4) we are working more on writing – mostly on a magna doodle and we are doing a little of that everyday. One thing that I’ve done this year (that I wish I had done from the start) is select a handwriting program – we won’t start it until age 5 but now I’m showing my girls how to form letters in the way they will have to form them for their handwriting books. There are so many styles out there and the Progressive Phonics worksheets teach ball and stick letters which is not the same as the Getty Dubay Italic style that we are planning to use. For hand eye we did a lot of arts and crafts, stringing, cutting and pasting and lacing cards. I hope that’s helpful – wishing you lots of success with your homeschool!

  11. Mandy says:

    I love every bit of this! It was such an inspiration when I was getting frustrated with making my own plans for my little one. I used your blog as a guideline for our first homeschool year. I made sure to add your website to my blog. You must have all the credit! Thanks for this amazing and helpful tool in getting us started!

  12. Jenny Pou says:

    Thank you very much for your wonderful ideas. I am going to implement all of them with my 3 years old!

  13. Maria says:

    You are a saviour!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  14. Brittany says:

    Is there anywhere you’ve explained these activities/crafts for each day? I don’t know what several things are like tortoise shell math…

  15. Janelle says:

    Thank you Mud Hut Mama! What a refreshing element of your youth you are! I stumbled upon your site to obtain materials for my 2.5 yo. I am a secondary science teacher by training, scientist, manager, etc., but I have answered a higher purpose as my child’s developmental guide. It was a tough choice to make initially, but my little one’s daily development fascinates me to unparalled levels such that I could not contemplate leaving the reigns entirely to someone else. She drives me to a fuller understanding of how the world works – and what we are leaving for the next generation. Losing ourselves in our child’s imaginary world makes everything possible. I am sure by what you represent that you can relate. Thank you very much again for your work. It has broaden the tools I need for my most significant endeavor to date.

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      Hi Janelle, Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad you are finding these links useful and wishing you all the best as you and your child learn from each other!

  16. Vanessa says:

    Hi I was wondering what u mean for the ‘Nature Journal’s? Thanks!

  17. Brindula Karol says:

    Wonderful lesson plans

  18. Ana says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Love all of your ideas.

  19. Jessica says:

    Thank you sooo much for writing about all of this! My daughter is 3 and My son is 18 months so this is perfect to include both of them! Cannot wait to start!

    • Jody Tilbury says:

      I’m so glad you are finding this info useful – wishing you all the very best with your homeschool!

  20. Niambi Hogans says:

    I see you have curriculum for three year olds but I realize this is a little older site have you upgraded now that your children are older and do you have the curriculum for that to share.

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