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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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Read all of the days in this series:

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

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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Learning Lifestyle}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

For the first time in fifteen years, I don’t have preschooler. *sniff**sniff* It is my favorite age to teach! I love seeing little eyes filled with wonder, and there is freedom to learn without some of the restrictions that we tend to place on the upper grades.

There is no need to purchase a curriculum for your preschooler (unless you want to). There is an abundance of free preschool curriculum from which to choose. The question I get the most is –> “How do I make a plan for the year using free preschool curriculum?”. This week, as part of iHomeschool Network’s Summer Hopscotch, I am going to show you five different ways to plan out your homeschool preschool. 

Learning Lifestyle

We are going to start with the most basic plan. I call it a Learning Lifestyle. It doesn’t involve worksheets or sitting at a desk. It is simply teaching concepts to your child as you live out your day. Count the socks as you pull them from the laundry basket. Name the fruits & vegetables at the grocery store and talk about their colors. Count the sides of a book and point out that a rectangle has two longer sides and two shorter sides. Watch a squirrel bury food in the yard and talk about how animals store up for the winter.

I know some of you are uncomfortable just winging it, so I made a simple list of basics to cover. It could go on & on, but at least you will have a starting place! I’m including a printable of the list in case you want to put it in your homeschool planner.

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Preschool Skills Checklist

{Math}

  • counting objects (cereal, toys, crayons)
  • counting from 1-20 or higher
  • number recognition (knowing what the #s look like in print)
  • shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, oval)

{Beginner Phonics}

  • say the alphabet
  • recognize letters in print
  • recognize name in print
  • letter sounds (A says a as in apple)
  • read LOTS of books

{Bible}

{Science}

  • observe nature, draw in a nature journal
  • talk about the weather in different seasons
  • explain how things work
  • explore hot, cold, wet, dry, textures

{Basic Skills}

  • right & left – practice while putting on shoes
  • cutting practice – safety scissors & scraps of paper
  • learn colors
  • do puzzles
  • manners- please, thank you, wait your turn
  • chores – let them work alongside you

What questions do you have about homeschooling preschool?
I would love to hear them!

Read all of the days in this series:

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

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Homeschool Freebies and Sales {7/15}

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

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(Prices can quickly change, so check before you buy!)

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FREE Famous Artist eBooks for Kids

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It’s time for our weekly seasonal/educational ebook roundup!

These ebooks were free at the time of posting but that could change at any moment.
As always, check before you click!

The Famous Artist Paintings are back! If you like the format of these painting ebooks, there are several more for .99 each (or free with Prime). Read on most devices with the FREE Kindle Reading App.

**Note: These will most likely ONLY be free for TODAY. Grab them now! Click on the link below to browse the list of FREE Famous Artist eBooks.

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Don’t own a Kindle? You can read Kindle ebooks on your phone, tablet, or PC with the FREE Kindle Reading App..

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My affiliate links were used in this post. There is no cost to you to download the free ebooks. I appreciate any shopping you might do while visiting Amazon! I have not read most of these ebooks and am not endorsing the contents. Please use your own judgement when choosing reading materials for yourself and your family.

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