Homeschooling for Free and Frugal: Preschool for Free at Home

Welcome back to the 2nd annual event of 10 Days of Homeschooling for Free and Frugal. You can read the entire series from the beginning on the Homeschooling for Free and Frugal series beginning post.

Preschool for Free

Preschool for Free

 

This post is from Erin of Royal Baloo.

Keeping your kids home for the preschool years can be exciting, fun, and expensive.  But it doesn’t have to be!  In fact, you can easily preschool at home for free!

1. Read, read, read!
I firmly believe that even if you do nothing else, reading to your child as much as possible will give them an incredible head start.  Read books and magazines that interest them and read to them as often as you can stand it!  The general advice is at least 20 minutes a day.
Books can get expensive though.  Make sure to use your local library!!  It’s free, they have a great selection of books, and you can explore many more titles than if you had to buy them all.

Another great place for free books: http://www.wegivebooks.org/
Their selection seems to change from time to time, but there is always a great book available to read.

2.  Practice Math
You don’t need anything fancy to practice math with a preschooler.  Just use the toys they already have.  Count how many trains they have, sort stuffed animals by size or color, and compare them by size, length, etc.

3. Science
Science at the preschool level a lot of fun!  Teach them about their body by singing songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  Go on walks outside and observe nature.  Answer all the questions they ask, and Google the answer if you don’t know!  YouTube.com can be your best friend here.

4. Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are very important for preschoolers!  Fortunately, going to a park or playground can cover most gross motor skills.  Climbing stairs and ladders, running, swinging, jumping, etc.  Find a line or curb and practice walking and balancing on it.  Play catch and learn to kick – if you don’t have a ball use a rolled up sock!

5. Art
Let them explore different artistic tools – crayons, markers, paint, construction paper, newspaper, etc!  These items are hard to get for free, but there are definitely easy ways to cut down on the cost of art supplies!

  • Stock up at back-to-school time.  Crayons often go for 25 cents for a box of 24!
  • Use coupons at craft stores.  Micheals, JoAnns, AC Moore, and Hobby Lobby often have coupons for 40-50% off and they have great selections of crayons, markers, paints, etc!  They also have deals randomly throughout the year, so keep an eye on their flyers!

6. Calendar Time
Calendar time can be a great way to practice math, days of the week, months of the year, and many other concepts!

 

Free Preschool Resources:

Luckily, there are many many people out there who have put together free curricula, printables, and all kinds of materials.  This is not a comprehensive list, by any means, so keep checking back at FreeHomeschoolDeals.com to be alerted to any new materials!
Royal Baloo Preschool Printables
3 Dinosaurs Preschool Printables
This Reading Mama Preschool Printables
Homeschool Creations Preschool Printables
1+1+1=1 Preschool Printables

Free Preschool Curriculum:

Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool
Brightly Beaming Resources
Hubbards Cupboard

Free Online Games:

Cookie.com
Starfall.com

 

Erin

Erin is a homeschooling mom to 3 wild boys. In her “spare” time she enjoys blogging about their homeschooling adventures, knitting, and creating free printables to share. You can find her at RoyalBaloo.com, or on Facebook, Pinterest, or Google +

This series is part of iHomeschool Network Hopscotch 2013.

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