Free Preschool Curriculum
Ideas for Homeschool
If you are looking for free preschool curriculum ideas for your homeschool, ask yourself these six questions...
1. Do I know my colors and shapes?
2. Do I know the alphabet and the sounds the letters make?
3. Do I know how to count and recognize numbers?
4. Can I rhyme?
5. Can I read a child's storybook?
6. Can I color, cut and paste?
If you answered "yes" to these questions, you have a free preschool curriculum.
Years of experience teaching preschool in a school setting and at home taught me that every lesson can be "boiled down" to these basic skills. Building a homeschool preschool curriculum around these concepts just takes a little imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started...
Colors- point these out around the house, outside and around town. (You probably do this anyway.)
Shapes- again, point these out whenever you can. square = a box, circle = a steering wheel, triangle = a Dorito, rectangle = a door. Be careful, you may "surpass" a regular pre-kindergarten curriculum by teaching that a stop sign is an octagon!
Alphabet, Sounds- use those cheap magnets on the fridge, cut out them out of sandpaper, use letter/numbers in the tub, point them out on signs and in books. When you talk about them, talk about the sounds they make.
Count- steps, Cheerios, friends, forks at the dinner table.
Numbers- see the ideas for letters.
Rhyme- learn nursery rhymes and rhyming songs. Play silly rhyming games. What rhymes with "cat"? Think of all the words you can
Read- Read, read, read aloud. Stories of all kinds.
Coloring- provide opportunites for creative expression with markers, crayons, pencils and paint.
Cut and paste- cutting is a hard skill to learn. Have kids practice on yarn then move to paper with no lines, THEN try paper with lines. Craft ideas using cut and pasting skills are readily available online.
If you want a homeschool worksheet on any of these skills, it's easy enough to make one of your own by drawing 3-4 items on a piece of paper and giving oral directions to color the circle blue or circle the "B".
You don't have to go out and spend alot of money to teach your child at home, especially when they are young. The best free preschool curriculum for your homeschool is one you develop based on the interests of your child and the everyday activities you enjoy together.
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