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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Letter of the Week}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

Letter of the Week is one of the most common ways to homeschool  preschool. Simply choose a letter and then build your activities around it.

Day 4 Letter of the Week

There are two main views on Letter of the Week. One is to start with A and continue through the alphabet in order. The other is to work through the letters in a pattern that teaches pre-reading skills. Reading the Alphabet is an example of the second method.

The idea behind Letter of the Week is to theme everything around that letter. Here are a few of the categories you could include:

  • Writing practice
  • Letter sounds
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Bible Lessons
  • Animals/Nature Study
  • Songs
  • Poems
  • Lapbooks
  • Puppets

You can find links for all of these activities in my list of Free Alphabet Resources for Preschoolers.

Since there are only 26 letters, you will probably have a few weeks left until the end of the school year. You can use them to review the letters, or to do covers numbers 1-10. Another option is to slip in a few themed weeks throughout the year around holidays.

You can find more alphabet ideas on my ABCs and 123s Pinterest board

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Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week (coming Friday)

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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Printable Packs}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

Printable preschool packs are all the rage! I am so amazed at the quality and quantity of the sets being offered. Most of the bloggers I know who offer these freebies are giving from the heart and truly have a passion for helping people educate their children.

Day 3 Printable Packs

The beauty of these packs is that they are print & go. The hardest part is choosing which to use, because it would be impossible to complete them all. I like to do two a week – one alphabet and one themed (usually seasonal). Remember that you do not have to print the entire pack. Select the ones for the skills needed, or the activites that your child will enjoy. Slogging your way through every page is wasting time doing busy work!

If you have the funds, invest in a laser printer. The colors are so vibrant, and the cost-per-page is lower than an ink jet.

You can find FREE printable preschool packs on these lovely sites: 

Be sure to follow my Printable Packs board on Pinterest
I hope to have hundreds of packs on it by the time I’m done!

Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week (coming Friday)

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Homeschool Freebies and Sales {7/22}

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weekly homeschool freebies and sales

Have fun checking out this week’s Homeschool Freebies and Sales!

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Zoo Scavenger Hunt Printables

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Learning Shapes Games & Activities

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August Activity Calendar

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Pre-Primer Sight Words Bingo

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Minecraft Addition Worksheets

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Amazon has some deeply discounted art supplies that are great for back to school:
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80s sharpies

80′s Glam Sharpie 24 pk  $28.99  $10.00

watercolors

Simply Art Watercolor Cakes  $13.88  $5.03

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Pentel Color Pen Set, 36  $33.99  $17.99

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Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, 12 pack  $10.49  $6.98

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Crayola Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay 2.5 lb.  $8.99  $4.74

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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Nursery Rhymes}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

Nursery rhymes are a fun and simple way to homeschool preschool for free. There are several methods to organize them for the year. The easiest is to just pick from a list each week. You can order them using the alphabet – An Apple a Day, Baa Baa Black Sheep. If you put your thinking cap on, you could sort them seasonally.

A few seasonal ideas:

  • Back to School – Mary Had a Little Lamb, Wheels on the Bus
  • Fall/Halloween - Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Miss Muffet
  • Christmas - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Jack Horner, Christmas is Coming
  • New Year’s – Hickory Dickory Dock, Months of the Year
  • Spring/Easter – Humpty Dumpty, Hot Cross Buns, A Tisket a Tasket

Day 2 Nursery Rhymes

Once you decide which nursery rhymes to study, you will need to search for activities to match your theme for each week. I am using Mary Had a Little Lamb to show you the types of free resources available. I used a 3-step process to find the following links.

  1. I browsed through my list of links for Teaching with Nursery Rhymes.
  2. I did a board search (not pin) on Pinterest for Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  3. I did a Google search for Mary Had a Little Lamb Preschool.

These are a few of the activities I found for Mary Had a Little Lamb:

Trace and color Mary & her lamb.

Print out a sheep in several colors to play a color game.

Act out the story with sequencing cards.

Color and fold a mini book.

Practice pre-writing skills with these tracer cards.

Practice cutting & gluing with this sheep craft.

Play a shape game that is similar to Candy Land.

Combine snack time and craft time by making a popcorn sheep.

Do a letter L hunt with the poem.

Discuss rhyming words and patterns.

I found  few activities for older kids too:

I created a simple 2-page planner to help you keep track of your year of nursery rhymes. It has space for 36 titles (based on a typical school year), and a place for that week’s theme if you are using one (alphabet, season, animal, etc.).

free nursery rhyme planner

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Follow my Nursery Rhymes and Stories board on Pinterest

Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs 
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week (coming Friday)

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We Choose Virtues {Weekly Homeschool Giveaways}

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