List of 3 Year Old Homeschool Plans Week 1

List of 3 Year Old Homeschool Plans:  Week 1

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List of 3 Year Old Homeschool Plans Week 1

This list of 3 year old homeschool plans: week 1 begins a new adventure for me. My step-daughter, mom of my 3 year old granddaughter, works Saturday through Tuesday and is off Wednesday through Friday. Since she only needs childcare for Monday and Tuesday, my granddaughter doesn’t go to daycare.  Since she doesn’t go to daycare, someone needs to begin teaching and preparing her for school. Jessica, my step-daughter, has Wednesday through Friday off, so I asked her if I prepared lesson plans for her, would she want to homeschool Hadley, my granddaughter. She said she would like to, so we are beginning this new adventure.

I taught 3 year old Sunday School for many years, so I am somewhat used to preparing lesson plans for 3 year olds. Three year olds are very busy and usually their attention span is only about 3 minutes. There are things that can occupy much more of their attention, but each child is different.

You have to figure out what your child enjoys spending time doing. Unfortunately, what she spends hours doing today, may not interest her at all tomorrow. The joys of parenting…and teaching… 🙂

When I taught Sunday School, I would always like to have a few extra activities prepared just in case one of the activities didn’t take as long as expected or it didn’t seem like a good thing to do with the group that I had. Sometimes I had helpers with me in class and sometimes I didn’t, so I had to have plans that would allow helpers to help and plans in case I had to do it by myself. 🙂

Thankfully, there are a lot of free resources online. You can find just about anything you need on, I think. It may take a little searching, but it is probably there. When I first started searching for lesson plans, I couldn’t find the perfect plan, so I decided to purchase one. It may have been recommended on one of the websites I visited, but I am not sure which one. I ordered:

The Ultimate Preschool Curriculum Kit – Printable Workbooks, Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Preschoolers, Pre K Kids and Toddlers (Ages 3 – 5)   By:  Preschool Palace.   

I do like this curriculum and I am going to use it to supplement the curriculum that I later found,

Thankfully, I found  It is exactly what I was looking for.  It is a free curriculum program.  (There are items that you can purchase, but it is not necessary.)  Jessica can teach Hadley all of the skills she needs to teach her and incorporate Bible stories/lessons with that teaching!  This really is exciting to me!!

The curriculum is free, but it is necessary to purchase teaching supplies.  🙂

Thankfully you can find a lot of supplies at Dollar Tree.  Here is a list of the things that I purchased at the dollar tree:

  • jumbo pencils
  • jumbo crayons
  • glue sticks
  • watercolors
  • finger paint
  • construction paper
  • hole punch
  • pencil box
  • folders for lesson plans
  • few different containers for supplies
  • individual chalk board
  • individual dry erase board
  • dry erase markers
  • paper clips
  • stick pretzels (for snack this week)
  • raisins (for snack this week)
  • Ziploc snack bags
  • kid’s scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • kid’s jumbo tongs
  • pom poms
  • craft sticks
  • tissue paper
  • flashcards for colors, numbers and letters (I laminated these.)

Start by reading How to Teach at

Take a picture of your child on his/her 1st day of 3 year old Homeschool!!

Go to for complete details.  This is my summary of their instructions that I am giving to Jessica to use when she is teaching Hadley.  🙂  (I have added some things that Jessica might find helpful to look at and/or use.)

Fill out First Day of Preschool worksheet.

Fill out “I am learning” objective poster using dry erase marker.

Possible Schedule:  (revised from Preschool Palace Curriculum Program)

8:30   Breakfast, free play

9:00   Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Song and Poem

9:15     Bible Story, Activity and Memory Verse

10:00 Music & Movement:  Interactive songs like Hokey Pokey or Ants Go Marching, free-style dance to Music CD, dance/hop like animals, stretching and tumbling on nap mats

10:15 Snack/potty/clean-up

10:30 Colors and Numbers

11:00 Outdoor Play/neighborhood walk/park day.  Slides, trikes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, playhouse, outside toys, etc.  Create an area in yard where child can interact with nature, bugs, plants, water, trees, etc.

12:00 Clean up & wash up, Lunch:  children can help with food prep, setting table, serving and cleaning

12:30 Read book of the week & Nap Time

3:00   Potty/Snack/Clean-up

3:15    Motor Skills

3:30   Outdoor play:  race, hopscotch, soccer fun, t-ball, hide & seek

4:00   Center time–if you don’t have room to set up centers for your child, you could create centers-in-a-box and the child could pick which box they want to play with.  You could have boxes set up with different art projects, kitchen stuff to play with in their kitchen, musical instruments, books, building blocks/toys, games in boxes, baby doll stuff, cars, puzzles, play-doh, etc.

Bible Song:  This is the Day (traditional) 

  • This is the day (echo)
  • That the Lord has made (echo)
  • I will rejoice (echo)
  • And be glad in it (echo)
  • This is the day that the Lord has made
  • I will rejoice and be glad in it
  • This is the day (echo)
  • That the Lord has made


Traditional poems and nursery rhymes help children with rhyme, fine motor skills, and rhythm as well as beginning reading.  Assist the child in performing actions to the poems and quote them very slowly at first to help the children correctly learn the words.  Quote them throughout the day (example: while driving, in the bathtub, while washing hands)

Seven Days (Tune:  Are you sleeping?)

Seven Days, Seven days
In a week, in a week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Saturday, that’s a week

Bible Story:  Creation Days 1-3    Scripture:  Genesis 1

Read from any child’s Bible or if you have a child’s book that tells the Creation story, you could read it.  (I have purchased The Jesus Storybook Bible:  Every Story Whispers His Name–Kindle version and installed it on Hadley’s Kindle Fire under her Freetime account.)

If you have felt board, use felt board and felt “Creation Story” pieces to tell the story.  Read here:  How to Teach a Story Using Flannelgraph.

Additional help (Creation videos on YouTube):


Day 1 & 2: Creation Wheel

Day 3: Creation days 1-3 Coloring Sheets—Day 1, Day 2, Day 3–can use crayons or finger paints 

Additional activities from other sites:

Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

  • Day 1, 2, & 3: Cover memory verse and song every day
    Memory verse card (I printed these and laminated them.)
  • Memory verse song:
    • Sung to tune: “Are You Sleeping”  
      In the beginning, In the beginning
      God Created, God Created
      The heavens and earth, The heavens and earth
      Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:1


Focus on the colors of Creation in the Bible story and snacks

White—clouds in the sky

  • Worksheet: Building with Colors—color ice cream cone
  • Color Flash cards
  • Snacks:
    • Day 1 (day, night): chocolate chips and marshmallows or Oreos (colors:  black and white)
    • Day 2 (sky, water): blue jello  and marshmallows (colors:  blue and white)
    • Day 3 (land, plants): make plants and flowers with stick pretzels, colored M&Ms and raisins
  • Day 2: view Boz Colors and Shapes video, if you have it,and discover God’s world through colors and shapes

Numbers:  0

Day 1: Tactile numbers(also called sandpaper or textured)—because many 3 year olds do not have the fine motor skills for handwriting activities, trace the numbers with the child’s finger.  As the child traces the tactile numbers, be sure to say the number rhymes included in the objectives to help the child learn the correct information

Rhyme for number 0: around, around, around you go.  That’s the way to make zero!

Day 2: Create 0 (zero) poster .  Use black, white and blue crayons to color the number 0 poster.  Explain that zero means none.  Play a game asking the child to jump up and down, clap and say his name zero times.

Comprehension Questions: (use when planning story and at the end of the week use them to check for understanding of the Bible story)

What did God create on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3?
What is your favorite activity to do during the day?
What is your favorite activity to do during the night?
What is your favorite activity to do in the water?
God created everything. God gave us day and night.  Why do we need night time?
God created the sky and water. Why is water important to us?

Book of the Week:  Five Little Ducks

  • Day 1: Read book  (Five Little Ducks book is in Hadley’s Kindle in Freetime app)
  • Day 2: Song/Rhyme/Finger Play: after reading the book several times, sing the song while doing the actions by memory
    • Number—show the number of ducks on your fingers
    • Over the hills—move hand in front of you like you are going up and down over hills
    • Far away—move opposite hand in front of you in same motion
    • Quack—move hand like a duck’s beak saying “quack”
  • Day 3: Five Little Ducks worksheet        
    • Color and cut apart the Five Little Ducks worksheet. Back each duck with sticky tape and post.  Sing the song or read the book and have the child remove one duck for each verse (begin with duck #5).
    • As the book progresses, sing each verse in a “sadder” voice. Talk about the feeling of “sadness”.  Show a “sad” face.  Talk about things that make us sad just like Mommy Duck in the story
    • Practice counting backwards from 5 to 1 using your fingers. This is a great fine motor activity.
    • Visit a local pond and feed the ducks.

Motor Skills:

  • Day 1: Draw My Family
  • Day 3: Put the Fire Out—a fun outside activity that involves sidewalk chalk, water and a sponge.  Begin by drawing a ladder on cement with sidewalk chalk.  Draw a fire at the top of the ladder.  Place a bucket and a sponge at the bottom of the ladder.  Have the child wet the sponge and jump between the rungs of the ladder to get to the fire.  Once at the fire, squeeze the sponge over the fire to put it out!
    • Gross motor skills are big motor skills (running, jumping, hopping, etc.). They require balance and coordination.


Other Songs–You may want to start your day with these:  (from Preschool Palace)

Calendar Song: Days of the Week (tune: The Addams Family theme)

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,

There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,

There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,

And Saturday ends the week.

Days of the Week (Clap, Clap),

Days of the Week (Clap, Clap)

Days of the Week, Days of the Week, Days of the Week (Clap, Clap)

Calendar Song: Months of the Year (tune: Ten Little Indians)

January.. February… March… and April…

May… June… July… August… and September…

October…. November… and December…

These are the twelve months of the year.

Weather Song (tune: Follow the yellow brick road)

What is the weather today, (clap, clap)

what is the weather today, (clap, clap).

Sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy.

What is the weather today?  (Have  child add weather card to weather chart if you have one. Then sing a weather themed song: Mr. Sun or You Are My Sunshine or It’s Raining, It’s Pouring or If All the Raindrops.)

God Made
(from Perpetual Preschool)
(Tune: ‘The Farmer in the Dell’)

God made the land.
God made the land.
God made the land and it was good!
God made the land.
Additional verses…
day, night, sky, seas, trees, grass, stars, sun, moon, fish,
birds, animals, all the people


He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

Additional verses…
He’s got…
the little bitty baby
you and me sister
you and me brother
the mommy’s and the daddy’s

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Below are items using/purchased:

ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse music app





The Jesus Storybook Bible





Kindle Fire with Freetime (Fire Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited at no additional cost.)

The Five Little Ducks, the book for this week, is on it.




laminator sheets




felt board



Creation felt set





Thank You God for Colors and Shapes DVD




Charlie Church Mouse Preschool





Think about setting up learning centers:  art/craft center, reading center, kitchen center, blocks/building center, toys center, etc.