How to Homeschool Your Preschooler for Less than $100

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Are you getting ready to homeschool your preschooler? With so many curriculum choices, learning styles, and Pinterest ideas; it might be hard to decide on what exactly you are going to do with your preschooler at home.

In my post, 4 easy steps to homeschooling your preschooler, I talked about the basics of what your homeschool might look like.

This year I will be homeschooling my twin 4 year olds starting in August.

wow, I love this preschool homeschool curriculum on a budget! This is great for preschool activities at home.

 

One thing that I did not want to do was to spend time on the Internet searching for quality printables that actually taught the skills needed for my children to get ready for kindergarten. Although there are a lot of “cute” printables, they aren’t actually functional.  So I created my own flexible preschool curriculum.

Here are my low cost curriculum choices for homeschooling my preschooler:

Reading:

Since my twins can read, we will be focusing on more in-depth skills. Learn to Read is a complete reading curriculum that includes 6 full units, and each unit focuses on a specific word family. Each unit includes 4 lessons that last five days each. Each lesson has 25 or more activities that focus on the word family.

Learn to Read is a great resource for children who already know letter sounds, and some sight words, since they will be combining the sounds to actually read. Learn to Read teaches beginning readers how to read and spell through common word families, sight words, and short vowel sounds.

I will be using the entire bundle, since I plan on continuing it through the summer. The bundle also saves you $12, than buying each unit separately.

However, if you are on a budget, each individual unit is available for purchase as well. I think that you could go through at least 3 units comfortably through the school year, and your child will still be well prepared for kindergarten.

If your child is not ready for Learn to Read, Reading the Alphabet is a simple curriculum to use to teach letter sounds and some sight words. It is free or $12 (for a complete download with tons of bonus activities)

Math:

Our preschool math curriculum will consist of all of the kindergarten readiness skills needed for kindergarten, as well as fun activities from KinderStar and my preschool curriculum.

Preschool math is very hands on and includes skills such as counting up to 20, which I will be using grid games to practice. In Preschool Star, there are created 2 grid games for each unit to practice counting up to 10, and up to 20. Grid games are great independent practice once your child knows how to count.

I have also included number recognition and tens frame practice in my preschool curriculum.

Science & Social Studies:

We will be doing thematic preschool units so Science & Social Studies will be incorporated into our weekly book choices, printables, and activities for each unit. For example, in the Apples unit, we did a fun experiment where we saw the effects of liquid on apples.

Writing:

Handwriting and fine motor skills practice are also included in the preschool curriculum. Before kindergarten, preschoolers should be able to write their first and last name. A great way to practice is when you are doing work with your child, start requiring them to write their first name on their paper. Once they are comfortable, you can start teaching them their last name.

Kindergarten Readiness Skills:

There are so many other skills that children need for school such as social skills, emotional skills, and practical skills. In my KinderStar course, I include a 90+ page Parent Activity Guide that includes activities to practice each of these skills.

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My Complete Curriculum Plan

Learn to Read $48 (also available in individual units for $10 each)

Preschool Star- 20 Printable Theme Units $35

KinderStar- Kindergarten Readiness Skills $27

Supplies:

I usually get all of my homeschool resources for free using Swagbucks. Since I am trying to be more minimalist and we will be moving soon, I won’t buy as many books and instead check them out from the library. Be sure to reserve your library books at least a week in advance, so that way you will be prepared for the next unit.

Related: Library Hacks Every Mom Must Know

On my preschool curriculum page, each theme has a list of suggested books to read during the unit. Those are just a few of the books, but of course you can read more. We usually read at least one book a day.


With my Swagbucks gift cards I purchased:

Folders (1 for each child)

Backpacks (when we go to storytime & crafts they can put their “work” in them)

Washable Paints

Smocks (these are a necessity!)

Playdough (because for some reason there is never enough)

Alphabet Stamps

Throughout the school year I will also get what is needed for each theme as I earn more Swagbucks.

Remember, homeschooling your preschooler does not have to be expensive. Be creative and think of ways to cut the costs. The most important thing to remember is to teach your child the skills he needs to excel in kindergarten.

What will you be using for your preschool homeschool curriculum? Let me know in the comments below.

Grab my free Preschool Homeschool Planner so that you can plan the perfect preschool activities at home for your child.

 

10 Hands-On Apple Activites You Must Try

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Although it is still in the triple digits (!) where we live, back to school usually symbolizes fall and apples.

The first unit in our preschool homeschool curriculum is all about Apples. My twins and I have been having fun learning about the apple life cycle and reading about apples.

i Love these fun apple theme preschool activities at home! They are great for my preschool homeschool curriculum!

 

Here is some fun hands-on apple activities that we have been doing to enhance our apple theme unit:

1. Apple Stained Glass Window Craft

This craft is great fine motor practice since you can have your preschooler cut up the tissue paper themselves.

2. Apple Science Experiment

This simple apple science experiment shows the different affects that liquid has on apples. (From Pre-K Pages)

 

 

3. Apple Stamping

This activity is so simple to do, and you probably already have all of the materials needed. (From: Crafty Morning)

 

 

4. Counting Apple Seeds

I love this easy math activity. You can also make it more challenging by adding higher numbers.

5. Sponge Painted Apple

My twins love anything painting so this simple activity is great for theme.

 

 

6. Exploring Parts of an Apple

7. Apple Sorting Activity

You can use either real apples of different colors, or poms in red, yellow, and green. In order to help your child improve their fine motor skills, use tongs or tweezers while sorting.

8.  Magnetic Apples Sensory Bin

Using split peas and magnets, this sensory bin is sure to keep your child entertained for awhile.

9. Apple Stem (Little Bins for Little Hands)

This is a fun collection of apple STEM experiments such as balancing apples and do apples or sink or float.

10. Build an Apple Tree Sensory Bin

This sensory bin uses real twigs and red checkers for a fun activity. (From Sugar Aunts for Coffee and Crayons)

Looking for more preschool homeschool ideas?  Check out my preschool homeschool now!

7 Must Haves for your Preschool Homeschool Room

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i love these preschool homeschool room ideas. They are great for preschool activities at home in a small space.

1.      Easel

An easel is a must for any preschool homeschool since it gives children an opportunity to create with other materials such as chalk and paint.

 

2.      Table and chair

We actually have a small folding table with 4 chairs and I love it because even my older children can sit at it. It’s also super sturdy and good for indoor and outdoor use.

My twins use their table mostly for pretend play but it is also good for outdoor painting projects.

 

3.      Storage

It’s important to keep your supplies in order. I like using a small portable filebox (with the files out), to store our weekly materials. I put all of my children’s work in a folder, and then place it in the storage box.

I also keep their crayons & other writing tools in this box since we do that at the kitchen table.

 

4.      Bookshelf

Any type of shelving will do, but you want the books for your theme to be in reach and accessible for your children. I actually like this shelf because the book covers are facing forward.

We usually have at least 10 books related to the theme that we are working on, and after I read them to my children, they like to practice “reading” as well.

 

5.      Dress up Center Storage

Preschoolers (boys and girls), both love to pretend play. Even in a preschool classroom there will be a dramatic play area. We pretty much own every Melissa & Doug costume, but they can get messy quick.

So it’s important to have some storage for them, as well as for the costumes to be easily accessible. The other bonus is that your child can practice the life skill of hanging up clothes.

 

6.      Message board

A message board will be a great place to put the focus sight words of the week, letters of the week, and concepts that you are studying. You can also add realia, real items, to make the board more interesting for your preschooler. If you don’t want to use thumbtacks, use a whiteboard with magnets for a safer board that your child can interact with.

 

 

7.      Rug

Your rug doesn’t have to be large, but a small rug will be a great place for your child to play on the floor. It is also a nice spot to share a book with your child.

If you have a small space, you could even use a bathroom rug. Rugs make it seem as though there is another spot even though they are in the same room.

 

8.      Calendar

Help your child begin to understand time with a simple calendar. I like this calendar because it also has cards to discuss the weather as well.

 

It doesn’t take much for you to have an amazing preschool homeschool room. Even if you have a small space, you can improvise to have a great space for your homeschool preschool.

Don't forget to also use Swagbucks to get free gift cards that you can spend on Amazon to furnish your preschool homeschool room. Before you check out, go through Ebates so that you earn cash back as well!

How did you furnish your preschool homeschool room? Leave a comment below!

10 Ways to Make Your Homeschool Preschool Amazing

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I love these tips on how to have preschool activities at home. This will be perfect for my preschool homeschool curriculum.

 

School will be starting soon! Are you excited for your homeschool preschool or worried that you won’t be able to do it?

Relax, you got this. Homeschooling your preschooler is easy to do, and you can make it an amazing and fun experience for you and your child with the following tips.

1.      Create a Plan

If you aren’t sure here are some tips on how to homeschool your preschooler. After you have created your plan, adjust it as needed. Homeschooling is supposed to be flexible and fit the needs of your family.

I know for myself I don’t want to have to create brand new themes each week. So I am doing a relaxed approach, and am only doing two themes a month. This gives us time to really go through the theme, and enjoy it.

2.      Have a Daily Schedule

If you don’t have a schedule, I have one in my free preschool planner. Think about how many hours of the day you will homeschool, as well as what days of the week.

I will only be homeschooling three days a week, for about 3 hours a day. The other two days of the week we will be doing extracurricular activities.

3.      Treat it like School

I don’t mean that it has to be rigid, but treat it like a learning experience for your child. Remember the reason why you are teaching your child, and work on the math skills and reading skills for kindergarten.

4.      Plan Your Homeschool for Your Children

Remember that it is your homeschool. It is your homeschool so plan it for your children. When I chose my preschool themes, I chose things that my twins are truly interested in. For example, my son loves construction and our area is constantly building, so it will be an easy theme to teach for me.

 

5.      Plan Extracurricular Activities

In order to have a great homeschool preschool, include extracurricular activities for your children. Think weekly library storytime or craft activities.

The parks and recreation center usually has free and low-cost activities to join. My twins will be doing a cooking class, swimming class, and soccer.

This will not only give them the chance to socialize, but also practice gross motor skills which are important for preschool development.

6.      Decide on your end goals

At the end of preschool, your child should be ready for kindergarten. If you aren’t sure of what your child needs to do to prepare for kindergarten, get my free preschool planner which tells you all of the skills that you need to practice on.

7.      Incorporate Field Trips

Think of simple places that you can go that relates to your theme. Besides the library, there are many places in the community that are free to visit. Even a trip to the post office can be a field trip and you can talk about mail, packages, and sending a letter. I also like seasonal trips such as the pumpkin patch, picking fruit, etc.

Your child is still learning even if they aren’t at home.

8.      Plan for Fun

Remember that it should be fun. I plan painting parties, we use playdough to learn our sight words, and in general I just try to make our learning time fun. Although we do printable worksheets, I want the overall learning experience to be fun for my twins.

In my ten plus years of teaching, I noticed that my students always learned more and were more engaged when I made it fun.

So sing a silly song to practice counting, make up silly words that rhyme, just have fun!

9.      Schedule Downtime

Don’t forget to include downtime in your schedule. Give your child time to play independently and explore. I am not always “teaching” my twins, instead I give them the freedom to play and create their own games. Even if they were at a traditional preschool, they would get time to move freely from each center area and play by themselves.

      10.  Connect with other Moms

               As a stay at home mom it is sometimes hard to connect with other moms. So when you are out at storytime or an activity, take the time to connect with other moms.  This will help you not only socialize your preschooler, but also make homeschool preschool fun for you as well. I love being able to connect with other moms and share the joys and struggles of mom life.

 

Preschool activities at home should be fun and engaging for you and your child. Use these tips to have the most amazing preschool year for your child!

Tips to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

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I love how this helped me choose the best preschool homeschool curriculum for my children. These are fun preschool activities at home that is a good preschool homeschool curriculum.

 

Are you preparing to homeschool your preschooler? With so many websites full of printables, packaged programs, and sets it might be hard to figure out what curriculum you want to use for your preschool homeschool.

Luckily, I have some tips to help you get the best preschool homeschool curriculum for your child.

First, preschool years (between the ages of 3-5), are supposed to be fun, filled with exploration and discovery. Developmentally although your child will have to learn how to complete a printable, you don’t want that to be the only focus of their learning.

Look for a curriculum that is:

  • Fun
  • Child Friendly
  • Themes based

Many preschool curriculums focus on themes, which is basically a topic for the week or month. Depending on how relaxed you want your preschool homeschool to be, then you can stretch that topic for that length of time.

With my twins, I will be doing a theme for two weeks so that way we can have enough time for fun activities, crafts, and sensory play related to the theme. I have seen some curriculums with themes that last a month, but that might get old for your child (and boring for you).

Is it related to your parenting style?

Personally, I don’t follow a particular educational method. I am more in tune with my children and what they need, and follow that approach. I do like elements of the Montessori method, but I am more traditional with my learning.

So what is the best curriculum?

It’s the one you feel that best meets the need of your child. All children are different, and only you know what your child will respond best to.

My plan for preschool homeschool is to work backwards. I have already begun preparing my twins for kindergarten using KinderStar.

For our actual curriculum, we will homeschool three times a week, and the other two days will be outside activities (library storytime, cooking class, swimming, etc).

I have chosen themes from my free Preschool Planner. Grab your free planner now, if you don’t have it already.

What not to do for your preschool homeschool curriculum?

Spend time searching the Internet for fun and creative resources that will keep your child entertained. It is much easier to prepare in advance than to wait until the morning or day and try to figure out what to do with your child.

Plus, you want to make sure that the work is actually educational and has a purpose. I have downloaded material only to find that its 10 pages of simple tracing that takes 5 minutes.

So I decided to create my own preschool homeschool curriculum.

What will be included?

18 printable units- with 15-20 pages of fun educational activities that covers sight words, letter recognition, math skills, and more!

I will also be creating a page for each theme with book lists, sensory play ideas, dramatic play, and crafts that relate to the unit.

Don’t want to search for a curriculum for your child? Sign up here to get early access to my 18 unit Preschool Curriculum.

 
 

How to Teach Your Preschooler to Read (For Free)

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After I wrote the post on how to teach your child the alphabet, I received a lot of questions on exactly what to do after your child knows the letters and sounds. In my book KinderStar, I go over many alphabet activities that can be used to teach your child the alphabet.

Once your child knows her letter and sounds, then they are ready to begin learning to read. An easy preschool reading curriculum is Reading the Alphabet. If your child is not yet ready to read the alphabet, then you should complete Learning the Alphabet first.

Depending on where your child is, Reading the Alphabet would be good practice before kindergarten if your child is still struggling with

Even if your child will be going to school in the fall, Reading the Alphabet, would help prepare her for school. Also, you could continue the work at home throughout the school year to make sure your child understands all of the concepts. This will help her be more confident in school when she does

Reading the Alphabet is a free, yes, free pre-kinder reading curriculum developed by literacy specialist and homeschooling mom, Becky, from This Reading Mama.

Reading the Alphabet consists of:

  • 31 Weeks of Lessons
  • Beginning Sight Words (covers 26 words)
  • Book & Print Awareness
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Math Practice (numbers & patterns)

Here's a sample of one lesson of Reading the Alphabet (this is not even all of the activities for just the one lesson)

 

Who is Reading the Alphabet for?

  • Children who already know their letters and sounds
  • Parents who want a slower approach to reading

Each lesson includes:

  • Hands on activities
  • Focuses on one letter a week
  • Sight word of the week

 

My three year old twins will be going through her Learn to Read Curriculum beginning in August, but this summer we will be reviewing certain parts of Reading the Alphabet.

Pros:

Multiple Activities

Each lesson is designed for a 4 or 5 day week. There are a lot of activities to complete for each letter.

Engaging

My children like the pocket chart sentences as well as the sight word songs.

Hands-On Learning

The lessons include a lot of fine motor skills practice such as cutting, pasting, and even fun bottle cap games.

Cons:

None really. The only thing that is missing is the book list for each lesson for the word families (i.e. –ig, -ug). I like to reinforce the skills that we are doing with a related book. This not only gives children confidence to read alone, but also helps them recognize words in new contexts.

However, these books are easily found online so it is not a big deal.

Another benefit of Reading the Alphabet is that it only uses a few basic supplies.

Materials Needed:

  • Pocket Chart
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dice

Although the entire curriculum is available in individual downloads for free, there is also a special bundle available with all of the units as well as bonus pages for only $12. The main reason I like the bundle (besides the bonuses, of course), is that everything is all in one place.

The $12 Reading the Alphabet bundle also includes:

  • One page readers (can also be cut apart to make strip books)
  • Lacing cards (more fine motor practice and great quiet time activity)
  • Handwriting Pages
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Dice Games
  • Sight Word Cards

The best part of Reading the Alphabet is the flexibility. Some lessons might take longer than others, and that’s okay. As a mom you can decide what your child needs more practice on. Or you might have twins or are teaching two children at once, and each child has different skills to work on.

I don’t print out every single activity, just what we need. The handwriting pages can be slipped inside a sheet protector and used with a dry erase marker so they can be reused multiple times.

Since preschool is between the ages of 3 and 4, it depends on how much you have already taught your child and what his needs are. My three year old twins already know their sight words and are ready to read, so we will be starting a different curriculum, Learn to Read (which is also available in her shop) in the fall. However I will be reviewing parts of Reading the Alphabet in the summer to give them extra practice with the sounds.

If you are looking for a quality reading curriculum for your preschool homeschool, then you should check out Reading the Alphabet.


Once your child finishes Reading the Alphabet, or if it seems too easy for your child then I suggest Learn to Read. Learn to Read is a faster paced, reading curriculum that focuses on word families and short vowels to help your child become a more fluent reader.

 

4 Steps to Homeschooling Your Preschooler

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wow, I'm so happy that I found this list to homeschool my preschoolers. Preschool at home is so easy with these tips and free preschool printables.

Did you know that many moms are now choosing to homeschool their preschooler? Whether you choose to homeschool for financial, religious, or personal reasons; just know that you are not alone in this growing trend.

Many moms constantly ask me exactly how to homeschool their preschooler. I homeschooled preschool my oldest two children, and am currently homeschooling my three year old twins.

Here are four things to do to start homeschooling your preschooler:

1.      Schedule

2.      Curriculum

3.      Set-up/Area

4.      Extracurricular Activities

Schedule

Let’s talk about the schedule. How many days of the week will you commit to your preschool homeschool?

Many people do a traditional M-F routine, and save the weekends for family outings and events.

The schedule also includes the time you will homeschool. Remember to keep in mind the age of your child, their attention span, and any other commitments you have in your day.

Although the preschool day might be from 8 am- 12 noon, much of the day rotates around independent play areas or centers. Only some of that time is actual “written” or worksheet type work.

For example, with my twins we are currently preschooling for about 3 hours a day four days a week. One day of the week we attend storytime and activities.

Here is a cute schedule chart so your child can see what you will do for the day:

 

Schedule:

9-10 Independent Play/Centers

10-11 Structured Activities/Lessons

11-12 Independent Play/ Centers

Three hours might seem long, but only one hour is structured. In that one hour, we may do 2-3 short activities.

In the 1 hour is when I am directly teaching them, going over kindergarten readiness skills (link to post), and completing worksheets.

In the other 2 hours of the day, I set up independent interest areas for them. Since I have twins they play really well together, and sometimes I join in. Another option for you might be to get with another mom friend and have a playdate so your child can also practice their social skills while playing.

Don’t feel as though you have to have the same schedule as mine. Create your schedule based upon your goals for your child and their interests.

Curriculum

What type of curriculum do you plan on following to teach your preschooler? The curriculum should match your goals for your preschool homeschool.

My Goal: Prepare my children for kindergarten with fun and engaging activities.

My “curriculum” also includes preparing my children for kindergarten (course page link). I choose an area of focus and complete at least one activity from the KinderStar book.

I personally follow my children’s interests when teaching them. We focus on weekly themes and I create their learning opportunities around them. There are many websites that offer free preschool printables (link to post).

Most of the activities that we do during the week center around the week’s theme. Even the independent play time focuses around the theme.

Set-up/Area

Where will you set-up your preschool? When you think of a preschool classroom, imagine a large room with different areas of interest. To make it easy for your child, you might keep the playroom organized in different areas for them.
Our “classroom” is just the playroom. If you don’t have a playroom, you can use your living room or any area where your child can have space to play and learn.

The areas that I have set-up are: dress-up (dramatic play), blocks (which are kept stored), and a library (literacy) area.

The library changes weekly based on the theme for the week. I check out books from our local library and buy books from Amazon based on our theme.

Extracurricular Activities

What kind of extracurricular activities will you plan for your child? Many local businesses such as farms, dairies, and fire stations offer free visits for fieldtrips. You can also get with friends from your Mom group or have a playdate for a field trip.

The local library usually has free activities such as storytime, classes, and special visitors which also make good field trips.

Don’t forget about your local recreation centers. Of course they have classes for young children, but they also offer free activities from time to time. Check with your park and recreation department to find out.

Homeschooling your preschooler does not have to be difficult. Remember to focus on the four key areas during your planning:

1.            Schedule

2.            Curriculum

3.            Set-up/Area

4.            Extracurricular Activities

 

After creating your preschool homeschool plan, try it out. If it’s not working, feel free to change it and adjust it. Don’t feel that you have to have the same schedule as another mom.

There is no right or wrong way to preschool. The point of preschool is to prepare children to enter kindergarten. Preschool should be fun and you want to keep your child engaged.

Every child is different and learns at a different pace. Depending on the age and maturity of your child, she might need more or less structured time.

What other questions do you have about preschool homeschool? Leave a comment below.

10 Best Websites for Free Preschool Printables

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Love this great list of websites to get free preschool printables for my homeschool preschool, it will make teaching my kids a breeze! thanks for pinning! @Mommymyteacher

 

Are you tired of searching for quality printables for your preschooler? Do you just want the ability to grab an engaging printable without spending two hours to find it?

Well I created a list to help you out! As a busy mom of twin preschoolers (+ 6 & 8 yr old), I don’t have the luxury to search the Internet all day looking for free preschool printables.

Here is my list of the top ten websites for free preschool printables:

1.     School Sparks

I have been using School Sparks since my oldest was a toddler. I love their clean simple sheets for preschool practice. You can only download one page at a time, but since it is free I can’t complain.

2.     This Reading Mama

This Reading Mama has tons of free preschool and elementary printables available for use. There are also good tips about teaching your child to read. She has a Letter of the Week curriculum that is a good starting point for learning the alphabet.

3.     The Measured Mom

The Measured Mom has a lot of free resources on her website for parents and teachers. With over 1,000 free printables, you are sure to find something to help you teach your preschooler.

4.     Itsy Bitsy Fun

I recently found out about Itsy Bitsy fun as I was searching for a printable to go along with our mini-unit. I like how she breaks everything up into themes and has complete mini-units for each topic.

5.     Mommy is My Teacher

Of course I will list my own website! Once you click on the subject area of your choice, you can click on each theme to find the printable that you need. As a former elementary teacher with over 10 years experience, and mom of 4, I know how to create preschool worksheets that don’t feel like work to your child. All of my printables are centered around the common theme of preparing a child for kindergarten. Also once you sign up for the newsletter, you will be able to access even more preschool printables that are exclusive for subscribers only.

6.     Playdough to Plato

My son loves her free Alphabet tracing tracks. This website gives frees preschool printables as well as Science tips and fun experiments.

7.     Prekinders

Prekinders is a great website because since she is a preschool teacher her printables have been tested in the classroom. I like how she also gives other ideas for each theme besides just the printable. Preschool is supposed to be fun, so she includes dramatic play ideas, games, and other skills that your child will need to learn all in the same theme.

 

8.     Learn Create Love

Ok, so technically this website is geared towards crafts with your preschooler, but there are printables available for us not so artsy moms. Any lesson that I teach with my twins I like to include an art project to go along with it. This site makes it so easy to do simple art with your preschooler, and even your older children will join in the fun.

 

9.     Life Over Cs

Life Over Cs has fun games that make learning fun for preschoolers. Preschool children don’t always sit still long enough to do a printable, but they will for these fun games. Each game also targets a skill so your child will still be learning while they are playing. Plus you get to spend quality time engaging with your child, so it’s a win-win.

 

10.  123Homeschool4Me

With over 1,000 free preschool printables, you will probably find what you are looking for on this website. The printables are very fun and engaging for young learners.

 Preschool printables make it easy to teach your child. Use these websites the next time you are looking for a free preschool printable.

What other websites do you visit for preschool printables? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Grab my FREE Homeschool Preschool Planner and plan your preschool today!

Why You Shouldn't Stress Out Over Development Charts

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Every time you go to the doctor they ask questions about your child’s development, weight, height, brain size, etc.

Even the most assured parents can get nervous about these visits. After my first daughter I stopped worrying about these questions that made me Google possible lapses of development.

Why? Because every child is different. My children that rarely eat meat, don’t eat processed or fat foods, so are usually much smaller than an “average” child. All of my children are in the 10-15% range for weight.

What about the language skills?

If you are teaching your child multiple languages, there might be a delay in one language. Also children who have older siblings are more likely to have a more advanced and developed vocabulary than an only child.

Now that I have twins I can see even more differences between children of the same age, even though they are the same age.

My boy twin is neat, takes his time, and likes to do “homework”.

My girl twin colors outside of the lines, is impulsive, and gets bored easily.

So, what’s the morals of the story?

Moral #1:

Don’t stress. Find out the way your child learns best and teach them in that way. If your child loves music, play educational songs to help them learn new concepts. If your child loves to touch things, use hands-on activities as much as possible.

Moral #2:

Don’t compare your children. Even if one child doesn’t seem to catch on as quickly as the other, try to refrain from comparing them aloud. Children can internalize these feelings as can gain a sense of inadequacy.

Remember:

All children develop differently that is why it is important to teach your children in multiple ways.

So what ways have you found that your child learns best? Leave a comment below!

 

How to Make Learning Fun with Playdoh

Playdoh. Colorful, fun, sticky, messy….children love to interact with playdoh. There is so much learning that can be done with a small container of playdoh.

Learning Activities

Make a letter

Nothing fancy here, use playdoh to form shapes to make letters. Don’t forget to teach your child to roll the playdoh into a basic worm shape to help them get started.

Names

Use the playdoh to form the letters of their name.

Sight words

Use sight word mats to help your child practice sight words at the same time.

 

Clean up tips

Put newspaper on the table before using playdoh. Then you can throw it away when finished.

Playdoh on paper plates. I put the playdoh on paper plates or you can use cheap plastic trays for less mess.

Sweep before letting your children up, then sweep again. I do NOT want playdoh tracked in our cream carpet so I have to be paranoid about that. I sweep any random crumbs that are on the floor, then any playdoh that has attached itself to my children.

Use bibs. I use bibs for my younger children when using playdoh so they don’t get it on their clothes. How they get playdoh on their clothes I don’t know, but they are also three… so go figure.

 

Playdoh is great because it allows children to practice their fine motor skills, and it engages their creativitiy. I usually only do one learning activity first, then give them time for free exploration.

How else do you use playdoh to teach your children? Leave a comment below.