Preschool Homeschool Resources

FREE CURRICULA FOR 3 & 4 YEAR OLD PRE-K THROUGH K (some Kindergarten)

This list of free resources includes both secular and religious content, so you have choice. Almost everything is free. There are many more resources online, but this is a good start for you if you are developing your own curriculum, or an adjunct to one you’re using now. We suggest that you also review the links for K and first grade because there is a lot of overlap.  Also, children learn at their own rate. If you see something that you believe is a timely topic for your child and it’s listed in another grade level, certainly dig deeper to explore it! That’s one of the joys of homeschooling; it is out of the box, unique and individualized instruction. Let it work for you.

On the CHN Legal Requirements page, you can read about the legal aspect of homeschooling in CT. For your convenience, here it can be stated that if your child has never been enrolled in public school, you simply proceed to homeschool. You do not opt out of a system that you’ve never opted in to. If your child is already enrolled in public Pre-K or K, then you will need to file a Letter of Withdrawal to homeschool. We have a sample letter on this page. If you are planning to send your child to public school Kindergarten, and you are waiting a year so they will begin at age 6 instead of age 5, you need to appear in person at the school and file an “opt out form”. The form simply shows that you intend to send your child to public school one year later than is typical. This does NOT apply to homeschoolers, because you do not opt out of a system you were never enrolled in, nor planned to enroll in.

There are many philosophies about how to instruct a child that is in K or Pre-K. If you are planning to homeschool, you should consider doing some research on what it means to have such a young child at home. What are your goals and priorities? They will never have a chance to re-live these tender years, so most homeschool parents see the value in preserving and prioritizing the importance of play and socialization for such young children. Academics do not need to be format at this age. Learning is quite natural and simply if you just let it unfold and guide your child as they express their interest in the natural progression of learning the basics. Trust your child to teach that to you! Below are resources for you to consider when deciding what will work best for your particular child. This list is just a beginning. The breadth of options available can be overwhelming, so this is a good stepping stone to begin with.

How Can I Teach My Child to Read & Spell?
10 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Read: Link here
3-5 Year Old Children: Reading Tips: Link here
Easiest Ways to Teach a Five Year Old to Read: Link here
Book: Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons (all of my children quickly learned how to read with this book): Link here

If your youngster is already learning to spell, this site offers free spelling word lists from Grades 1-8 or ages 5-7.
Looking for a list of books to read that are suggested by grade level? Here is a Must Read Book List.

Birth-To-Three
Educational Philosophy: Link here
Currclick: Link here
Simple Homeschool: Link here
The Marathon Mom: Link here
Homeschooling Toddlers: Link here

Pre-School
Hands On Homeschooling: Link here
Successful Homeschooling: Link here
Confessions of a Homeschooler: Link here
In Lieu of Preschool: Link here
Curriculum Choice: Link here
Preschool Printables: Link here
Best Homeschooling: Link here

Kindergarten
Homeschooling About: Link here
Are We There YetL Link here
123 Homeschool 4 Me: Link here
Confessions of a Homeschooler: Link here
Curriculum Choice: Link here
Homeschool-How-To: Link here
Best Homeschooling: Link here
Kindergarten Complete: Link here
Starfall: Link here
Calvert Education: Link here

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Resources – Newsletter

CHN Website Preschool-Kindergarten Homeschool Links

*Parenting on a Penny for Preschoolers – Link here
*Mega List of Preschool Resources – Link here
*How to Homeschool Preschool for Free – Link here
*Top Free Preschool Teaching Resources – Link here 
*Preschool Curriculum Links – Link here
*Teach Preschoolers at Home – Link here 
*Christian based Pre-K – Link here 
*More Christian based Pre-K – Link here
*An Entire Year of Preschool Lesson Plans!

FREE  GENERAL CURRICULA FOR PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 12 
Some of these have multi-grade overlap.

*3 Year Old Curriculum – Link here 
*Preschool Education – Link here 
*Everything Preschool – Link here 
*Ambleside Online – Link here 
*Khan Academy – Link here
*Teachers Pay Teachers – Small fee, some free – Link here
*Super Teacher Worksheets – Small fee, some free – Link here
*Pinterest: You can Google “Pinterest preschool” for hundreds of ideas
*Torrington, CT Library offers Mango on our website which allows you to learn a language for free!
*Duolingo – Learn a language – link here
*FreeRice – Answer vocabulary questions to donate rice to people in need. – Link here
*Five in a Row – The reading books and when you join the website all the archives are free. They do sell manuals but they are inexpensive.
Link here 

PRESCHOOLERS: Ideas for Social and Emotional Growth
*Preschoolers are commonly ready to be more independent when caring for themselves & their belongings.
*They can contribute to the family ways as a more active participant.
*They are capable of more respectful interactions with people in various social settings, which is a learned skill they gain from guidance and experience.
*They are capable of sharing, taking turns and exhibiting kindness toward others.
*They are capable of basic conflict resolution skills.
*They are able to ask for help when they need it.
*Raising a happy and well-adjusted child who is friendly and confident.
*Parental modeling of appropriate behavior.
*Parents and adults work toward building a preschooler’s confidence & self-esteem through experience.
*Children in this age range should know their contact information (name/address/phone).

VARIOUS ACTIVITY IDEAS TO DO WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER
Play! Go on adventures! Explore! Have FUN! Create wonderful memories & photo-ops!
Visit parks, zoos, farms, museums.
Visit friends for playdates.
Go for walks in nature and discuss what you see.
Collect items from nature to learn about.
Have lots of arts & crafts supplies and create!
Play board games and card games.
Read to your child.
Visit the library.
Learn about age appropriate use of technology.
Cook together.
Bake together.
Attend library events.
Consider a gymnastics class.
Consider a dance class.
Attend homeschool events.
Join a homeschool pre-school group or start your own.
Learn from educational television shows, DVD’s, YouTube, Netflix, etc.
Learn from preschool specific websites…many offer free resources.
Attend a play.
Attend an orchestra – they do programming for children.
Enjoy a restaurant or plan a picnic.
Learn to make lapbooks.
Simple unit studies on topics of interest.
Live, love and laugh…enjoy life. Preschoolers don’t stay preschoolers very long.
Things to do in CT with little children – website 

SPECIAL NEEDS PRESCHOOLERS (mostly free or inexpensive)
* Homeschooling and Students in Special Education: Sorting Out the Options for Parents article
*HSLDA’s special needs page.
*Time 4 Learning website
*Educating Children with Autism Using an Online Curriculum: https://www.time4learning.com/autism_education.shtml
*Homeschooling Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Basics – website
*10 Best Curricula for Autistic Children Homeschooling (some free) website 
*Homeschooling Autistic Children: Tips and Ideas website 
*Special Needs Homeschooling – Autism website  
*Autism an Unexpected Homeschooling Journey website 
*Children With Special Needs website 
*Friendship Circle website 
*Special Education Advisor website 

MUSIC WITH PRESCHOOLERS
*The 10 Best Preschool Songs website
*The Top 30 Songs For Preschoolers website 
*20 Playful Preschool Songs (with lyrics) website 
*Songs for Teaching (a must see!)
*These Preschool/Kindergarten songs are available from a variety of albums and teach directions, parts of the body, opposites, money, weather, clothing, telling time, adjectives, action and participation, and good behavior.
*Fingerplays with Preschoolers website 

MATH WITH PRESCHOOLERS
*Math Salamanders
This site has math for all grade levels. It’s free and comprehensive. There are self-generated math worksheets that you can create easily online, and interactive worksheets to use from the website.
*Preschool printable math worksheets and workbooks
*Math Milestones for preschoolers website
*Preschool math activities  
*The best math activities for preschoolers (40+)
*15 hands-on math activities for preschoolers
*Pinterest ideas for preschool math activities
*Everyday math play for preschoolers website

SCIENCE WITH PRESCHOOLERS
Learn to approach science by exploring and asking questions, which is an introduction to doing research. Teach your child to ask why, what and how about topics of exploration. Document your ‘research findings’.
*Science processes and skills
*Life science
*Earth science
*Space
*Physical science
*Preschool science website 
*Seven Preschool science lesson plans
*Education Preschool science website
*PBS science activities
*Happy Hooligans website 
*Science for Preschoolers website 
*Scholastic science grade level resources 

LANGUAGE ARTS WITH PRESCHOOLERS
*Reading Readiness
Here is a reading readiness checklist 
*Word Walls for Preschool & Kindergarten website 
*A Guide to preschool reading activities

PHONICS
ABC Fast Phonics
Here is a beginning phonics program with over 100 pages, 400 cartoons and click-and-hear words, plus audio narration.  When you get to the site, you can choose from the following categories: Sounds and Letters, Words, Consonants and Vowels, Blends, Common Words.
*KidzPhonics preschool website
*Montessori phonics website 
*7 Phonics activities for  your preschooler
*Phonics worksheets & printables here
*Phonological awareness activities
*Dolch preschool site word printable list
*Preschool phonics alphabet songs

READING – BOOK LISTS
Preschool Library book reviews
Read to your preschooler book lists:
Scholastic book list
Read Aloud America book list
Good Reads book list
Letter of the Week book list
100 Books to Read website

WRITING
*Preschool writing patterns
*Writing paper of various styles to print out
*Parent article: Emergent Writing in Preschoolers
*Preschool Handwriting tips
*Teaching writing in preschool: modeled writing
*Pre-printing skills practice

TALKING AND LISTENING SKILLS
*Baby Center preschool speech and listening skills
*Get read to read website 
*How to help preschoolers with communication skills website 
*Raising Children website 

SOCIAL SCIENCE WITH PRESCHOOLERS
At this age, preschoolers are learning about the world near them. Family dynamics, their community resources, basic area geography and history, economics and citizenship. Of course, these topics are approached at an age appropriate level and builds a strong foundation upon which to build further as the child matures.
*Social Studies activities
*Social Studies lesson plans
*Typical PreK/K SS curriculum
*Social Studies on Pinterest
*Social Studies Ideas and Activities website
*Social Studies activities

PRESCHOOLERS AND TECHNOLOGY
Other than the fact that they are more comfortable with it than some adults, let’s look at ways they can learn (if not teach their elders, LOL).
Article: What Should a Preschooler Know About Technology?
Technology lesson plans for preschoolers

PRESCHOOLERS AND ART
*The top 10 educational art projects to do with your preschooler
*The best preschool art projects
*20 Preschool art projects
*Preschool Arts & Crafts projects
*40 of the best art projects for preschoolers
*50 art projects for 3-5 year olds
*Teaching art to preschoolers – lesson plans 
*Preschool art lesson plans
*More preschool lesson plans for art

PRESCHOOL FILE FOLDER FUN (a pre-cursor to lapbooking)
Link here

FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT AND PRESCHOOLERS
Here are ways to support your child’s fine motor skills

Kindergarten & Preschool Resources
www.homeschoolcreations.com
www.1plus1plusequals1.com
www.simplehomeschooling.net
www.freehomeschooldeals.com
www.3dinosaurs.com
www.royalbaloo.com
www.thisreadingmama.com
www.frugalhomeschoolingfamily.com
www.simplehomeschool.net
www.education.com
www.a2zhomeschooling.com

FREE online curriculum learning games
www.allinonehomeschool.com
www.pbskids.org
www.sightandsoundreading.com
www.starfall.com (excellent!!)

Letter of the Week
www.letteroftheweek.comwww.abcya.com