Preschool is a time of wonder and tremendous growth. Two, three, four, and five-year-olds are eager to learn new things and they approach each task with focused joy. It's truly a gift to have a preschooler at home.
In addition to a 9th grader, a 6th grader, and a 3rd grader, I will also be homeschooling our soon-to-be 4-year-old this year!
In light of this, I've pulled together a list of some of our favorite clothes, shoes, and educational products for preschoolers.
Whether your preschooler will be putting on a backpack and going into a traditional classroom or staying at home for the year, you're bound to find a few favorite things from this list.
Our favorite polos for preschool - by far - are from KicKee Pants! These ultra-soft polos are super comfortable, while offering a preppy, pulled-together look for school, church, family photos, or everyday play. Because of the supple, stretchy material, your child will WANT to wear them - which helps when "dressing up" is in order. These are fashionable enough for parties, while being down-to-earth enough for running around out in the backyard. The perfect combination for active toddlers and preschoolers!
Polos are available in solids and prints for infants all the way up through size 14-16. There are also men's polos in the same designs for father/son matching.
Our family has loved See Kai Run for over a decade. These high-quality shoes come in super stylish designs, but offer flexibility, support, and comfort for little ones.
You can find itty bitty shoes for early walkers all the way up through trendy sneakers, boots, and sandals for early elementary students.
* Pictured: Elias Navy. Currently on sale!
A beautiful set of fairy tales belongs in every preschooler's home and your little one is sure to be enchanted by this charming collection by Mary Engelbreit. The illustrations are positively delightful and the stories are toned down a bit for the very youngest audience (example: the gingerbread boy doesn't actually get eaten). All three of our younger children (ages 3, 8, and 11) enjoy browsing the adorable pictures and listening to the familiar stories. Even tiny toddlers are bound to be captivated.
If you're looking for a simple, hands-on math program, consider "Preschool Math At Home." Created by a Harvard math major and mother of two, this thin book provides easy games and activities to help you engage your child in mathematical concepts without workbooks. Use stuffed animals, dice, pretend food, and included printables to teach your young child (ages 2-5) about counting, ordering numbers, recognizing written numerals, and beginning addition and subtraction.
The author recommends one activity per day (example: 1.1) for most preschoolers - "although older kiddos may be ready to zoom through a few per day at the beginning of the book."
Tired of tedious worksheets? Play a board game with your preschooler instead! ThinkFun offers four different versions of Zingo Bingo - which are specifically geared for ages 4-8. Choose between: Zingo (recognizing words), Zingo 1-2-3 (number recognition), Zingo Sight Words (recognizing 42 commonly used sight words), and Zingo Word Builder (creating and spelling 3-letter words).
What are your favorite clothes, shoes, and educational products for preschoolers?