Workbooks for Preschoolers - So Many Options! I got you covered...
When to Use Workbooks
Let's remember these are PRESCHOOLERS most of how the learn should not be with a textbook/workbook. However, that being said I admit there will be times you need at least one workbook for writing practice. You should use a workbook for writing practice. Letters, number, and line tracing are the skills they should be working on. If your preschooler is advanced and has mastered letter writing you need to level up and have them practice writing sight words.
I have done hours of research on preschool workbooks because I am very VERY choosy and these are the four workbooks I swear by:
Preschool Math (top left) - Do not let the cover confuse you, this is mostly number tracing and basic understanding of a number having a value attached, not addition. If you have a little girly girl at home that loves mermaids and princesses, this is a keeper! I will say a lot of the counting and adding practices can and should be done outside of the workbook. It has number writing practice, count and circle the value, draw a line from the amount of objects to the number it correlates to, color this number amount of objects, connect the dots and more. My daughter was very engaged in the illustrations. What was awesome about this one is a lot of these concepts (circle the object, draw a line to and from) are concepts your child WILL be using in kindergarten - so let's start familiarizing them now! Purchased this on Amazon. Here's a peek inside:
Wipe Clean Early Learning Workbooks (Top Right) - First workbook I ever bought my daughter and it's the one we use almost everyday. It's a simple dotted line tracing book of uppercase letters and numbers. It is only uppercase, that is my only grievance with this book. The dry erase marker is included. I recommend spiral bound and not paperback - it's cheaper and easier to use! Purchased on Amazon. Here's a peek inside:
Munchkin's Lane Workbook (Botton Left) - Personalized for your child this monthly subscription workbook is unbeatable! We get the $14.99 a month subscription but you can also get just one for $9.99. Each month you get a new workbook it includes personalized dotted name tracing for each day along with color the weather, coloring the month, tracing the date, and daily social/basic concepts such as how to be a good friend, five senses, healthy eating habbits, etc. Again, the extra stuff such as social concepts and five senses should be taught outside of the workbook but this is a nice reinforcement if we have already done a hands on activity. You can purchase it here. Here's a peek inside:
Prekindergarten Skills (Bottom Right) - I actually bought this at Office Max but it's available on Amazon as well. This workbook is a fun grab-bag of fun. It has a little of everything. It has beginning sounds, shapes, opposites, rhyming, letter and number tracing, and sight words. You can purchase it here. Here's a peek inside:
I don't plan on having my daughter spend most of homeschooling with her nose in a workbook but I do plan on alternating the workbooks so she will work on two or maybe three pages a day following an engaging lesson on the topic, for the exception of the munchkin lane workbook which is a daily workbook that I am making part of morning calendar.
I hope this helps narrow down the options. I know the options available can seem overwhelming. Please feel free to ask me any questions or concerns.