Daily Preschool Activities, Free Preschool Curriculum


13. How to use the curriculum

Hopefully you had some time to get prepared and make your supplies. Now all you need to do is understand how this curriculum works.

This curriculum is a 3 day a week program with optional enrichment and play activities for the other 2 days of the week. Choose from the enrichment and optional activities and do only what you like, what you think your child will like, and what you have time for. I include many different activities to choose from and you should not feel stressed if you don’t do everything. You are not supposed to do everything. Don’t worry if you miss a day, or if all you do is read a book and count to 10. Preschoolers are learning all day long and you are teaching them even when you don’t realize it. Don’t worry if you do none of the enrichment activities. I include them only so you have some ideas to keep your preschooler busy when you need to keep them occupied.

There are some activities that you will repeat daily. Below, there are links that will help you understand how to maximize the time and get the most out of the activity.

Circle Time: Usually done with many preschool children at once but circle time can be done with all your children or one on one.

-Purpose of circle time-http://abchomepreschool.com/PreschoolEducationBlog/2007/05/24/preschool-circle-time/

-Why circle time is important: http://www.aplaceofourown.org/question_detail.php?id=205

Calendar Time: Calendar time in this curriculum is done differently than many preschools. This decision reflects the most current research on how preschoolers learn and understand the concept of time. These articles explains why.

-Good Intentions Gone Awry: http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/beneke_calendar_time.pdf

-Missing the Mark: http://blog.mathatplay.org/2012/01/01/“calendar-time”-in-preschool-are-we-missing-the-mark/

-Questioning the Curriculum: https://home.comcast.net/~leighanne.kraemer/graduateportfolio/calendarmath.pdf

Weather Time:

-How and why to talk about weather: http://www.the-preschool-professor.com/preschool-weather.html

-Make a weather bear: http://preschool2prek.blogspot.com/2009/09/our-weather-bear-and-how-you-can-make.html

-Make a weather wheel: http://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=24870

Story Time

-How to Read a Bedtime Story: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/24609/ (use for any story time)

-How to Read Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/60/

-Reading Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/reading_aloud/

-Reading Tips: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7833/

-Interactive Reading: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/16287/

At the top of each weekly plan the following are listed: goals and standards, supplies and preparation, cheap optional supplemental tools, and a weekly article with topics geared to raising preschoolers.

Every required activity presented in this curriculum comes from a free online source. Some of the links are videos, music, printables, and directions for activities. Except for the few books that you will need to buy, basic supplies, and printer ink, you won’t need to spend a penny.

DIY Teaching Materials, DIY Preschool Supplies, Free Preschool Curriculum


11. DIY Teaching Materials

You will use these teaching tools frequently during the entire year. Some you may use daily. They will be referred to often in the curriculum. You don’t need to print and make these tools until they are mentioned in the curriculum but if you have the time you can get an early start on creating them. Directions on what to do with the learning tool will be in the schedule.

Items for Circle Time:

Chart for Weather Time:

Chart for Calendar Time:

Items for Story Time:

Play dough mats- “ABC” and “abc” template cards to teach letter formation (roll play dough snakes on letter shape, use pipe cleaners to build letters, or trace with fingers)

http://www.daycareresource.com/flashcards27632.html (print each letter as needed)

Bumpy Letters: http://www.education.com/activity/article/bumpyalphabet_preschool/

Tactile Sand Letters:

Foldable Number Line- http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-number-line.html

Growing Lemons and Flower math tool- http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-growing-lemons.html

Play dough number mats- http://abcjesuslovesme.com/learning-letters-a-numbers/267-number-posters

Number and Dot counting cards: http://www.daycareresource.com/dotflashcards3434.html

Number Match File Folder Game: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/teddy-number-cards.pdf

Make 2 copies of the ten frame sheets: http://www.fuelthebrain.com/Printable/detail.php?ID=208

10 Frame Strips:


10 frame with dots: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/Ten%20Frame%20Flash%20Cards.pdf

Counting dots/manipulatives: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/Dot%20strips%201%20-%2010.pdf

printable math manipulatives: http://www.homeschoolfever.com/downloads/numbers/rainbowmanipulatives.pdf

shapes to laminate, cut and attach magnets if you want to use on cookie sheet: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-shapes-cut-out-templates.html

Black and white pattern blocks: http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/pdf_files/pattern_blocks/all_blocks.pdf

Tanagrams: http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/pdf_files/tangrams/tangram.pdf

Color Matching: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-ice-cream.html

Shape Matching: http://www.mrprintables.com/shape-matching-games.html

Money with Ten Frames: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/coins%20for%20unitary%20thinkers.pdf

Clock file folder: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-clock.html

Flannel Board:


Dot Counting Cards: http://www.prekinders.com/2008/02/dot-cards-for-counting/

How Many Cookies Playdough Mat: http://preschoolspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/cookie-jar-playdough-mats.pdf

Preschool Organization, Free Preschool Curriculum


10. Get Organized

Let’s face it. Keeping a clean house is hard enough with a preschooler in the home. Add homeschooling supplies to the mix just makes it harder. Get organized so everything has a place. Find your supplies quickly when you need them and protect your supplies from getting lost or damaged.






Preschool Kits and Supplies, Free Preschool Curriculum


9. Splurge a little. Optional step.

If you are aching to spend some money then here are some great ways to spend your dough!

Everything Preschool Kits:


Online Shopping:

I love Lakeshore Learning. This is my favorite store. I make no promises that they offer the best price on products but I love their  products.


Online Websites:


Leapfrog Letter Factory

DIY Preschool Projects, DIY Preschool Furniture, Free Preschool Curriculum


8. Optional DIY build it projects

Below are links and directions to build your own preschool items.

Sand and Water Table:


Ana White Website has tons of great plans for kids furniture:


Dress Up Cabinet: 


Pinterest for upcycling projects to make a play kitchen:

Crib to art table:


Art Easel:


Cheap easel:


Adorable child’s personal portable desk:


Preschool Learning Centers, Free Preschool Curriculum


7. Set up learning centers

Fine Motor/Table Toys: If you try to build your collection of fine motor activities/table toys over night you will get overwhelmed, run out of money, or get cramps in your hands from super craftiness. Follow the suggestions in the curriculum for new activities to add each week that fit the monthly theme or basic skill. Make the suggested activities 1 at a time to build your collection little by little. Don’t try to do it all at once.

Blocks: Upcycle ideas are great if you don’t feel stressed about adding everything you need too quickly. This too will take time to build. Just add a few extra upcycled blocks at a time until you are satisfied with the amount or until you run out of room!

Dramatic Play: You probably have most things you need in your home or you can find them second hand. Children don’t need a fancy expensive toy to make-believe. They will be just as happy with an old or not working version (not dangerous of course!) of the real thing. -old plastic dishes from your kitchen, old clothes and shoes for dress up, old phone, etc..

Literacy Center:


Table Toys/Fine Motor/Tot Trays:



Block Center:








Dramatic Play:


Literacy Center:


Science Center: 



Art Center:



Music and Movement:

1. http://www.ehow.com/info_7880407_music-learning-center-ideas.html



Preschool Room Decorations, Preschool Bulletin Boards, Free Preschool Curriculum


6. Decorate and set up a bulletin board

Decorate your wall space and get creative with bulletin boards that change with the seasons or theme. Find a small space on your kitchen or family room wall, hallway walls, or use the fridge if you are short on wall space.


Decorating the walls in a special designated area will brighten up your room and make that area child centered. Don’t forget to display your child’s art work too! Designate a space, however small it may be, and put up something bright, fun, and colorful. This is completely optional but highly recommended.





Bulletin Board Ideas:

1. http://bulletinboardideas.org/tag/preschool/

2. http://www.classroom-ideas.com/classroom-bulletin-boards.html

Preschool Supply List, Free Preschool Curriculum


5. Gather supplies

You don’t need to go broke supplying your homeschool preschool. Many supplies you may already have or can be found cheaply at garage sales or second hand stores. Don’t forget to recycle things you many normally throw away. Many things can be reused for art supplies, storage containers, or for homemade toys. Check ebay for used items and Pintrest for upcycling ideas.

Start gathering now and collect as you go. Build your supplies little by little. Child size furniture is nice but not essential. A kitchen table, family room couch and fuzzy rug work just fine. If you have the money to purchase or if you can find second hand supplies look for a child size table and chairs, bean bag chair or comfy pillows for reading center, and a sand and water table for outdoors. Art and craft supplies are a must but you can find and make art supplies cheap and recycle items for craft supplies. You can do preschool at home on a budget. Remember, children don’t need the best and most expensive supplies and toys to learn. They need you!  




Homemade Art Supplies

10 recipes: http://www.hsclassroom.net/10-recipes-for-homemade-art-supplies/

Pinterest List for Homemade Art Supplies: http://pinterest.com/cannonmama/homemade-art-supplies/

Recycled Craft Supplies: http://www.carbon-footprint-defined.com/recycled-craft-supplies.html

Craft supplies from nature: http://www.treeliving.com/recycled-craft-supplies

This website lists crafts for each type of recycled item. Visit this site to get ideas on what types of things from around the house  you can save: http://www.makingfriends.com/recycle.htm#_/exjun_

Preschool Posters, Preschool Wall Displays, Free Preschool Curriculum


4. Posters and wall displays

Posters and wall displays can be printed off the internet, purchased, or hand made. Hand make with poster board and photos from magazines or old picture books, coloring books, stickers, or hand drawn images. You will need posters and wall displays of basic skills-the alphabet, numbers, colors, and numbers. As the year goes on you will print or make posters that fit the theme of the month. Your basic skill posters should be readily available all year long.


Posters and wall displays keep basic skills visual all day long and can provide many impromptu learning moments. Wall displays will foster conversation, oral language, and vocabulary as you and your child talk about the things you see on the charts.


Print and laminate or cover with contact paper. Hang up on walls at child’s eye level in an area of your home that you and your child spend most of your time. If you don’t have wall space you can store them behind a couch and bring them out during the day to look at or glue them to a large 3 or 4 fold cardboard display board from an office supply store.

ABC poster http://www.mrprintables.com/alphabet-posters.html

Wall display http://pdf.mrprintables.com/mrpfc01-large-cards.pdf

-alternate letters for wall display (use alternate cards for I and O – do not use alternate G, use alternate hat if you have a girl-girly hat, keep original hat for boy) http://pdf.mrprintables.com/mrpfc01-large-alt-cards.pdf

Single Letter Chart

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/picture-alphabet-posters.htm or http://www.babybumblebee.com/downloads/a-z.pdf

Numbers: small chart http://www.daycareresource.com/numberminiposter.JPG

wall display 1-5 http://www.abcteach.com/free/s/set_primary_signs_number1_5.pdf

wall display 6-10 http://www.abcteach.com/free/s/set_primary_signs_number6_10.pdf

Numbers with pictures and number word-


0-10 number line on cars- http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/traffic_jam_number_line_0_10.pdf

Colors: wall display

http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/colors/icecreamcone2.htm or http://www.daycareresource.com/flashcards27632.html

Shapes: wall display http://www.abcteach.com/free/p/primary_signs_set1a.pdf