Preschool

My collection of homeschool resources has been growing so I figured I would make a separate section for those speficifically preschool-related.

Weekly Themes
We went through the entire alphabet starting in August 2011, focusing on one theme each week.  See below for a link to each week’s theme.  I have since cleaned out my alphabet Pinterest boards, but all of the posts include internal links for all of the resources I used.
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Holidays/Seasonal: Valentines | Easter | 4th of July | Thanksgiving | Snow | Christmas

Blogs
Confessions of a Homeschooler (COAH)
Counting Coconuts
Homeschool Creations’ Preschool Corner
Totally Tots

Books
Creative Play for Your Toddler, bu Janni Nicol
Mommy, Teach Me!, by Barbara Curtis
Mommy, Teach Me to Read!, by Barbara Curtis
Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, by David Elkind
Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross

Curriculum
Raising Rock Stars Pre-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 and sound of the week.

Bible

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.


ABCs/Reading

1+1+1=1Tot School PrintablesPreschool Printables, Read & Write the Room, You Can Read!
ABCJLM – On their Letter of the Week page there’s a list linking each letter of the alphabet with ideas for crafts, books, snacks, interactive websites and other resources.  They also have tips for learning to write and have these handy dandy letter formation chants that are used with children when teaching them to write.
Cheateau Meddybemps – Cool interactive writing guide.
Education.com – I love their worksheets section.
First-Schoolalphabet printables and resources
Homeschool Printableslist of ideas and resources for each letter.
Kiboomu – Extensive database of ideas for kids, but I usually go there for their ABC activities and their sections for the letters of the alphabet giving all sorts of crafts and ideas for each one – starting with A, of course.  I haven’t availed myself of this feature yet, but I love how they have song clips to go along with some of their activities.
Totally TotsNow I Know My ABCs crafts
Worksheet Works – Hundreds of worksheets for a variety of subjects.

Colors

1+1+1=1Preschool Printables
ABCJLM – On their colors page there’s a list linking each color with ideas for crafts, books, snacks, interactive websites and other resources.First-SchoolColor activity pages and ideas.
Homeschool CreationsColor printables and resources.

Numbers

1+1+1=1Preschool Printables
ABCJLMlearning ideas and number rhymes to teach number formation.
First-School – Math-themed preschool crafts and activities.
Preschool Coloring Book – Number coloring pages.

Shapes
1+1+1=1Preschool Printables
ABCJLM – Resource suggestions for each shape.
First-Schoolshapes printables; the farm animals flash cards are cute, I use those with Gwen.
Homeschool CreationsShapes printables & resources.

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.
Counting CoconutsSensory Tubs
Totally Tots What’s in the Tub?

Trays
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.

Lapbooks & Theme Units
Christian Preschool Printables
1+1+1=1Took Books & Packs, lapbooks
Counting CoconutsMini Units
KidSparkzPreschool Themes
Lapbook Lessons – I’ve used this website a few times for their Bible themes.


Preschool Routine

These are the materials that I have used consistently from week to week, along with the workbooks that I happen to have on hand.  I have tons more workbooks from my mom – she picks them up whenever she sees them – but you can only trace so many letters before it’s overkill. I plan on using some of them as review at the end of the year, and others I’ll save for Josiah.

Bible
100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs
ABC Jesus Loves Me’s  memory verse cards

Workbooks
Wipe-Off My Alphabet Book
Wipe-Off I Can Count 0-10
Wipe-Off All About Shapes
Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read and Ready for Math
Kumon My First Book of Tracing
Big Preschool Workbook
Write, Learn, and Wipe

Worksheets
ABC Do-A-Dot Pages
ABC Color By Number
Alphabet Cut & Paste Sheets
ABC Playdough Mats
A-Z Letter Hunt Worksheets
Letters of the Alphabet worksheets
Beginning Reading: Alphabet Worksheets
Letter Mazes
Alphabet Nursery Rhymes
Letter & Number Posters
Twisty Noodle – this is where I often get a letter or number coloring or tracing pages, along with a theme coloring page that I can customize with a word or phrase. I always use the letter & number rhymes when introducing the new material.

Crafts
Now I Know My ABCs crafts
Kiboomu – I search in the category for whatever letter we’re studying

Interactive
Starfall’s calendar and letter activities
Story Time For Me’s online library
Peekuboo’s stories & games
Paddywhack Lane’s Costume Club Dress-Up

Other Resources
Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center
Crayola’s mini book report page (I ask Gwen the questions and write down her answers)
Signing Time DVDs

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