Homeschool

When I started preschool with the kiddos, I thought it would be a good idea to organize some of my favorite stomping grounds for resources and inspiration.  You’ll see many of these on my preschool resource page as well.

Blogs
These are the places I have gone for curriculum guidance, inspiration, ideas, and printables.
1+1+1=1
Confessions of a Homeschooler (COAH)
Delightful Learning
Homeschool Creations
How We Montessori
Living Montessori Now
Playful Learning
Simple Homeschool

Books
These are some books that have enlightened or inspired me.
100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, by Cathy Duffy
Deschooling Our Lives, by Matt Hern
The First Year Of Homeschooling Your Child, by Linda Dobson
Home Learning Year by Year, by Rebecca Rupp
Mommy, Teach Me!, by Barbara Curtis
Mommy, Teach Me to Read!, by Barbara Curtis
The Homeschooling Handbook, by Mary Griffith
Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, by David Elkind
Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross
The Unschooling Handbook, by Mary Griffith

Curriculum
Raising Rock Stars Pre-K & K – I used many of the preschool elements for Gwendolyn and hope to start some of the more advanced Kindergarten concepts next time around.
ABC Jesus Loves Me (ABCJLM) – I did my own version of their 3-year-curriculum with Gwen.
Brightly Beaming Resources – Started with the prep verion of their Letter of the Week program.  May take advantage of what’s next: letter of the week, sound of the week, and some of the grade K content like science of the week.
Charlotte Mason Help – Free curriculum guide.
Freely Educate – They offer “high quality 100% free educational finds” and post about free curriculum sources, in addition to lots of other things.
Lesson Pathways – You can create your own student list and customize a curriculum for them based on the available “pathways” of content on their website.
Simply Charlotte Mason – I love their free curriculum guide and am considering using this next year when Gwen is around first grade-ish.  Though I’m trying not to label her.

Bible
Many of the blogs and websites I frequent are Bible-based, and their curriculum and printables reflect these values.
ABCJLM – Their Memory Verse Cards coincide with the curriculum
Bible Story Printables
Christian Preschool Printables – I’ve used this website for our creation lapbook and to print out separate elements such as minibooks & coloring pages.
Totally TotsIn My Heart Bible verse cards.

Science
E is for Explore!

Math
Arithmetic Village

Lapbooks & Theme Units
Living Montessori NowShould You Use Unit Studies?
Homeschool and BeyondUnit Studies for Preschoolers, definition and ideas
Christian Preschool Printables
1+1+1=1Took Books & Packs, lapbooks
ABC TeachTheme Units
Bible Story PrintablesFile Folder Games
COAHPrintables
Counting CoconutsMini Units
Dynamic 2 Moms – Free lapbooks, notebooks and units for homeschoolers.
File Folder Fun
KidSparkzPreschool Themes
Lapbook Lessons – I’ve used this website a few times for their Bible themes.

Interactive Websites
Chateau Meddybemps – Stories, games, ABC activities, etc.
Paddywhack Lane – Dress up dolls, color and print, etc.
Peekuboo – Stories & games
Poisson Rouge – Exploration for the littles without instruction or direction.
Sesame Street – nice game section.
Starfall – Letter activities, learning to read, stories, and a calendar activity (Gwen gets excited learning her letters this way, and we try to do the calendar activitiy most mornings).
Story Place – The Children’s Digital Library.
Story Time for Me

Sensory Bins
These are a great way to incorporate a theme (or just do something fun!), especially for the little ones.  Here’s a collection of ideas from lots of sources along with a Pinterest collection of my own favorite sensory bins.

Trays & Workboxes
1+1+1=1 – I fell in love with the idea for Tot Trays when I saw it; it’s the tot version of workboxes and helps contain activities. Here’s a Behind the Scenes look at how it’s done.
Workboxes – a review of the system, directory of workbox users, turning Tot Trays into Preschool Workboxes, portable system (love her chore chart, too), girly workbox ideas, and workbox activity cards.

Crafts, Projects & Other Educational Resources
ABC Teach – Printables, interactives, custom documents, clip art and games.
Activity Village
– Coloring pages, crafts and printable activities.
Crayola Coloring pages, of course.  They also have a section for dry-erase pages, which would work nice in our dry erase center.
DLTK – A variety of fun, printable children’s crafts, coloring pages & more including projects for holidays, educational themes & cartoon characters.
First-School – Coloring pages, printable activities, themes and lesson plans.
The Lab of Mr. Q.
– These are too advanced for us right now, but I bookmarked these downloadable blank lab sheets for future reference.
Make Learning Fun Printables sorted by theme or activity.
Montessori for Everyone – Materials and downloads
Mr. Printables – Lots of printables and crafts. I particularly like their geography section.
Nature Detectives – Nature and season-related themes and activities; there are some great ideas for outdoor play and scavenger hunts.

Page Coloring – Tons of categories with coloring pages.
Preschool Coloring Book
– Coloring pages
School Sparks
Preschool and Kindergarten worksheets
Super Teacher Worksheets – Worksheets for every category
Tools 4 Tots
– Projects, crafts and activities. I’ve already made the clothespin color game, dyed pasta, and created a Mix and Match game (this was a big hit).
Twisty Noodle – Customizable coloring pages and worksheets.

Legal Stuff & Support
RI Christian Home Educators – a sample Letter of Intent for the official start of homeschooling.
Homeschool Legal Advantage – defending your right to homeschool.
HSLDA – Homeschool Legal Defense Association, advocates for homeschooling.

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