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best workbooks to purchase for early childhood {preschool resources by subject for learning at home}

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I had a dear friend ask me for workbook suggestions for learning at home with her preschooler.   And I realized that most of the resources I suggest here are free ones I find online from other blogs.  It can be stressful to choose which resources and ideas are best when we look online and there is just too much to choose from between all the blogs and the sometimes awful, guilt-invoking Pinterest.

There are a lot of us moms who don’t have the time to print free resources online — and it takes loads of time — sometimes purchasing a few items can be much easier and more do-able for parent and child.

30+ resources for best workbooks to purchase for preschool! from Wildflower Ramblings

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Every child has different learning needs.

My son was not the “sit down and color” type at two years old.  Now that he is three, he enjoys art projects a bit more.  He may work on something for 5 to 10 minutes, and be very proud of himself, but he won’t spend an hour on coloring or a craft like I’ve seen other children do.  This is why I can’t stress enough that we must, as parents and educators, meet the child at their interest and skill level.  Some children need more sensorial opportunities, while some thrive with a paper and pencil.

At this early age — playing equals learning!  There are so many opportunities to utilize toys as learning manipulatives.  This is where my son thrives.  But your child is different from my son.  Just as my daughter is oh so different from him.  That is why I present so many choices below.  I hope you can take a little time to evaluate each of these.  I’ve stripped down my choices to my most-highly recommended learning materials, but there are differences in each, so keep your child in mind when you purchase!  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a specific question.  I’d love to try to help you and him/her on your learning journey together!

Here are my suggestions, based on my Stages for Early Literacy (you can check out my series here).  I am writing basic ages as a starting point, but remember, every child learns at a different pace, and you should meet your child at their level!


Early Literacy Stage: Uppercase letter recognitionTactile uppercase letter writing

Basic Skills: 

Abeka – (I love Abeka’s bright pages for early coloring and crafting.  These books make teaching easy for any parent!)


Early Literacy Stage: Utensil prewriting and uppercase letter writing


Basic Skills:

  • Heart of DakotaLittle Hands to Heaven (This program requires more planning for the parent, but is an all inclusive, biblical program for preschool learning ages 2 – 5. More recommendations for Dakota Bible learning is here.)
  • Rod and Staff:
  1. Adventures with Books (For a child interested in cutting, pasting, colors, drawing lines and circles)
  2. Bible Pictures to Color (Consists of sweet pictures to go along with the simple Bible stories to Read)
  3. Counting with Numbers (Introduces math concepts and shapes and writing numbers)




Early Literacy Stage: Lowercase letter recognition (and matching uppercase with lowercase letters)


Basic Skills:





Early Literacy Stage: Lowercase phonetic soundsLowercase letter writing


Reading: See suggestions in Early Literacy Stage 5 for more details on the below books.

Basic Skills:



Working with your child, whether you choose to homeschool or not, will always be beneficial to your child. First, read together.  Next, try some of the above suggestions.  But remember that the precious young days of learning through play will come to an end all too soon, so if your child doesn’t want to “sit and do school” — that’s okay!  Instead, make being together and playing together a priority.






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  1. What a great list of books, there are so many that I want to check out!

    1. I’m so glad this post was helpful to you — I have almost all of these, so if you have specific questions about your child’s needs, please ask :)

  2. This are great suggestions especially for first time parents who doesn’t know what to do when it comes to teaching their kids. It’s also a great tool for early education providers as this serves as a guide for them. Thank you for sharing this out. I do have two kids now and with 7 years gap, I am starting all over again for my youngest. Will definitely check out everything on the list.

  3. This is so helpful, Amy. Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. This is a really handy list of resources to reference when shopping for your little ones. Thanks for sharing all of these books.

  5. Great stuff, thanks for sharing. I am sure every parent would love that they get these books for their starters. And I am hoping that various child care centers and preschools will use these books for their kids.

  6. Please view my site and books… perhaps ypu could add drawing to your list… my books lessons are designed for young learners and are excellent for visual learners. Thank you – Karen Smullen

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