Best Workbooks for Pre-K Children

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Best Workbooks for Pre-K

Having been a teacher for so many years, I have seen my fair share of workbooks. I would go to bookstores in my early days of teaching and sit for hours in front of the education section scouring books, looking for the best resources for my classroom. All workbooks are most definitely not created equal. Some are too busy and difficult to understand, others don’t really have any work on the page. So how do you choose?

A few weeks ago, I decided we needed a few books to help our pre-kindergartner beef up his skills before next year. I’d love to be able to sit with him more and do more activities, but I definitely needed something to keep him busy while his brothers are working on homework or while I’m doing dishes, laundry, cleaning up, blogging…

Before our package even arrive, my sis and I were chatting on the phone and she was asking about activities to keep her pre-kindergartner occupied as well. I was rattling off my opinions telling her which books to try and how so many workbooks and not great and thought , HOLD UP! Maybe you’d like to know too!

So here you go! These are the books I just and why I like them. These are specific books that are great for pre-k, but I’ll list some other great books for additional ages afterwards.

Kumon Workbooks

These are hands down my favorite workbooks, for any age. They are so well written and the. Most clear and concise books available. Each of my children have had at least one of these books at one point in time. And my latest order included 3 of these books for my son.

Lowercase Letters

This is a great book for letter recognition, beginning sounds as well as handwriting. Each letter has a dedicated handwriting page as well as a page where you fill in beginning sounds.

Simple Addition

A great workbook for a prekindergarten already really familiar with numbers. This book starts with number recognition and moves into adding 1s and 2s. I would recommend having some manipulatives handy to demonstrate the concept of addition. I usually use pennies or Cheerios but you could also buy some to have on hand as well.


This book is a little challenging for my guy, but is a great introduction to the concept of rhyme. Also includes the opportunity to practice writing letters and reading simple words.


This is a wonderful workbook for young kids, I like it so much that this is the second time I bought this book. My middle son worked his way through these mazes when he was four and five and know my yougest is completing it as well. The mazes seem like a game to my son, but I know that he is getting great early handwriting and fine motor practice as well.


Kindergartners have to cut ALL THE TIME. Being good at cutting allows students to focus more on what is being taught. I love to have my five year old practice cutting becasue I know it will make next year easier for him, plus he loves the activites too!!

School Zone – Get Ready Books

School Zone makes a series of books that practice specific concepts and are very economical. These are short workbooks but a great to review your child’s needs independently.

Connect the Dots
I bought this one to hit home my sons letter recognition. Right now he is better at numbers and this book allows him to feel confident enough to complete the activities on his own.

Brain Quest

Brain Quest makes a lot of great products, our favorite being their question packs which all of my boys enjoy doing at bedtime. Knowing this, I purchased their Pre-K workbook. This is a giant book which includes many subject areas. If you are looking for a more general book this is a great choice, but know that the pages do require a little more adult assistance to review concepts.

There you have it! These are the books that my 5 year old is currently working through. Do you have a favorite workbook series? I’d love to hear about it, comment below.

1 Comment

  1. Asher on April 12, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Great information. My son used these books as well and he loved them. Thanks so much for your podcast and great site.

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