I threw together two little preschool booklets for my littlest one to complete, and I thought I’d share the downloadable files I created. I printed them on cardstock so they will hold up to paint dots, markers, etc.
Laurel gets to pick exactly what she wants to do with hers, but some of the options might be decorating the number cards with a corresponding number of colors or paint dots. For the abcs book, we might decorate it with something that starts with that letter, such as glitter for “g,” buttons for “b,” you get the idea. Stickers are also an option.
Here are PDFs of the abcs book and the number book. Just print, color, cut on the dotted lines, and assemble with a stapler. Or punch a hole in the top left corner and slide a book ring through it.
Laurel will be counting up to the 100th day as part of our preschool plan. She will be making a construction paper chain with these 100 links. They are 1 inch by 9 inches long and maybe I’ll even convince her to do a rainbow pattern with them! She’ll also be adding mini-sized popsicle sticks to a jar each school day, and on the 100th day we’ll go do something fun to celebrate.
5. A few years ago, I ordered several learning toys from My Father’s World. I especially love the rubber crepe puzzles by Lauri.
6. Peaking at the blogs of other homeschoolers can be helpful. Since my homeschool blog tends to be a tad “girly” at times, moms of boys might also enjoy Tons of Sons. The Well-Trained Mind also offers this overwhelmingly long list of homeschool blogs to peruse.
7. For helpful articles on homeschooling, check out Homeschooling Today. Be sure to click on the tab for “Get Started Homeschooling.” And be sure to check out their upcoming May/June issue because I have an article running in it!
8. Another fantastic site for all sorts of homeschooling tips, encouraging words and inspiring ideas is Heart of the Matter.
10. Tap into the variety of free downloadable homeschool forms and other printable resources at Donna Young. They are fabulous and very helpful!
11. Another extensive list of links to free online resources for homeschooling preschoolers is available at Homeschool Diner.
12. One resource that I have heard great things about but haven’t yet used is Five In A Row. I plan to investigate it further soon.
UPDATE: A reader asked me to add her blog to my list of resources for preschoolers. I checked it out, and Homepreschool and Beyond looks like it’s packed with helpful ideas from author and child development expert Susan Lemons. I especially like this article on what a 4-year-old should know. Thanks for the tip, Susan!