I’ve been homeschooling my preschooler for about a week now. It’s been challenging, as this is his first experience with any type of structure to his day or activities. We’ve had some hard times this week and a few melt downs as well, but ya’ll, he’s learning.
I absolutely love teaching him and watching him learn new things, like this week, he learned the letter A and the sound it makes. The look on his face when I ask him and he knows the answer, is priceless. It makes me happy every single time.
The downfall for some when it comes to homeschooling is the cost. It’s no secret that homeschool curriculum can be expensive. I’ve seen some over $1,000, which isn’t something I could afford, even if I wanted to. It doesn’t have to be an issue though. I’m homeschooling my preschooler completely free. I paid zip, nada, zilch for the amazing lessons we’re using to help him learn his ABC’s and 123’s and I had to share what I’ve found, because I know this could be useful for many others!
We’re using one program as our main curriculum, but we’re also adding in some other stuff from a few other places, so I’m going to share all of that with you so you can pick and choose what you like!
The main curriculum we’re using is called Easy Peasy Homeschool. Easy Peasy is actually a complete curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12th grade, it’s amazing. And if you live in Pennsylvania like I do, it meets all of the legal requirements too! If I was going to homeschool after Preschool, I’d use this curriculum. It’s laid out so simply and it includes everything you could need, and all of it is free. They also have a separate curriculum you can purchase (VERY inexpensive) if you wanted to homeschool your children without the daily use of a computer or the internet. Easy Peasy is a Christian based curriculum, but I will say that you don’t really see anything faith based in the Pre-K curriculum (that I’ve seen thus far). Pre-K on Easy Peasy is listed as “Getting Ready 1” and Kindergarten is “Getting Ready 2”.
I mentioned that we pulled resources from a few other places as well and they are:
Teachers Pay Teachers – This site includes free and low cost worksheets, games, and other resources. What I love about Teachers Pay Teachers is that everything on this site was designed by teachers and you get to support other teachers and homeschooling moms by purchasing these! I haven’t used anything that wasn’t free yet, but I’m sure I will once we get farther into the “school year”.
Jumpstart – Jumpstart is awesome because it has worksheets and resources for every subject from math to art to science to history and it’s all free.
ABC Jesus Loves Me – This is a Christian curriculum, and what is so amazing about it is that it’s a Bible based curriculum where the children learn through play. We don’t use this daily, but I do plan to use it on days he is having trouble with structured work and when we could just use a fun day.
Pinterest – Pinterest is a gold mine for pretty much everything these days, so it’s no surprise that there are a ton of free resources available there too. I have a Homeschool Preschool board you can check out here.
I’ve given you all of the resources we’re using but the reality is that there are a ton more. If you’re really interested in homeschooling, don’t let the cost deter you. There are so many resources out there for us these days, that you can find almost anything free if you look hard enough.
Best of luck, mamas and happy homeschooling!