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On the 5th Day of Homeschool, the Sisters gave to me..............
How to Teach Preschool for FREE
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With the beginning of a new school year rapidly approaching, I realized recently that I *really* need to get busy with homeschool planning!
This year I am tackling my most important planning first: Fun stuff for my littles. With a tenth grader and two eight graders in the house, I feel like the majority of my time and energy often goes into the "serious" business of career exploration, high school credits, and pursuing weightier subjects. Planning fun educational things for the little ones is often last minute and doesn't receive as much of my attention as I would like. So, this year I've decided to start with my littlest guy (who'll be starting preschool this year) and working my way up.
I don't pay for preschool curriculum. Maybe it's because I'm too frugal. Or because I tend to be pretty informal in the early years. Probably the biggest reason is because I don't really see a need with so many free options on the internet.
If you are just starting out or a mama of many looking to "freshen up" your approach to the early years, here is how I homeschool preschool for free.
This will be your child's daily "workbook". It's a great way to keep everything organized and in one place. Once the school year is in full swing, I will not have time to find and print these activities on a daily or weekly basis. Having it done ahead of time and in an easy-to-find location makes it all the easier to be consistent with preschool during the school year. It also fosters independent learning, since children can be taught to work independently from the binder with an appropriate activity. I was really surprised when we did this last year for my then 5-year-old. She was so proud to have a "real" school binder like the older kids. She would take it down from the bookshelf and show Daddy when he came home from work or leaf through the pages on her own looking at all the things she had done. She had a real sense of pride and ownership of the things she was mastering!
This year is Little Man's turn.
Find as many FREE activities online as possible for letter, sounds, and number recognition.
The goal is not to teach your child to read or even letter mastery. I delay that until they are showing reading readiness signs and then I begin a formal phonics-based curriculum (such as Foundational Phonics from Little Seedlings Press). Some of the goals here are:
- Beginning to recognize letters & numbers (in preparation for formal reading instruction later)
- Holding a pencil correctly
- Fine motor skills through tracing, cutting, coloring, etc.
- Learning the discipline of sitting still for brief periods of time
- Having fun together!
At this age (3-5 years), if it's not fun and the child is very resistant, he or she might not be ready.
- Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler has an awesome collection of preschool printables. Although she has some items that are purchase only (like the Letter of the Week curriculum), many of her preschool resources are free. She has a complete set of A-Z Do-a-dot Worksheets and over 20 Numbers, Shades and Color printables, ideas and resources. My favorites, which I have used for multiple children, are the A-Z Review Games (like Clothespin Math-Ups and the Alphabet Game).
- The Measured Mom has quite a few Letter of the Week activities. Many of these are available for free as individual documents, but if you would like the convenience of downloading everything at once, she has that option available in her store. She also gives a lot of ideas for hands-on learning.
- Then there are preschool freebies from our own Sisters with a System site. The latest is My Big Book of Learning, which has Look-and-Find number sheets, matching activities, number and letter flashcards, progress charts to track as each letter/number is mastered, individual worksheets for each letter of the alphabet and numbers 0 to 10, and more! (Click on the link to download.)
Download and print the activities, sorting them by number and letter.
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