Free Flash Cards for Preschoolers, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 3

3. Flash Cards

The following websites are the best resources to print flash cards for learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Of course you can always substitute with flash cards that you already own or print from any website that you like. If you can find them cheap buy them and save time in printing and laminating. Just make sure to have 2 sets of each. Save money and ink buy cutting from magazines and old books from garage sales or Good Will and glue to 3×5 cards. You can save money by using stickers or drawing and coloring images on 3×5 cards.

Directions:

Make double copies and laminate or cover with contact paper. (you only need 1 set of double copies for ABC’s, 123’s, colors and shapes-there are many designs to choose from, black & white and color. Choose 1 set and make double copies. If you prefer, you can print a variety of different designs and types but you do not need double copies of everything) The flashcards will be used throughout the curriculum during circle time, singing time, and games.

Alphabet, Colors, Shapes, Numbers

http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-flash-cards.html

1. Explore the above website and print different versions of Alphabet cards (color, b&w, with and without pictures, with and without words etc…)

2. Print flash cards for colors and shapes

3. Print different versions of number cards- color and b&w, and ladybug counting cards

4. Make sure to print something with a 0 on it

Counting Cards in black and white:

Click to access number-flash-cards-1-10.pdf

Purchase:

http://www.schoolzone.com/best-kids/preschool/flash-cards

Preschool Articles, Preschool Method and Philosophy, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 2

2. Read articles on the web to learn about the following:

Child Development

How to teach and facilitate learning in the home

Philosophy and research

Why does it matter?

There are literally thousands of learning activities online. Read these articles to understand why I chose the activities and subjects listed. You will understand why I chose to keep worksheets to a minimum and why I didn’t use a letter of the week format. You will understand why so many of the activities are hands on and play based. I did not just choose random activities. There is actually a method to this madness! Read these articles to understand that method.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Preschool development for 3 and 4 year olds: http://www.preschooleducation.com/art13.shtmlWhy does it matter?

7 articles on preschool age development: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/articles/childdev/intellectual.htm

PRESCHOOL AT HOME

What to expect: http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/ask-heidi/preschool-at-home.aspx

Tips for teaching at home: http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/homeschooling-preschoolers.html

A homeschool curriculum: http://www.besthomeschooling.org/articles/lillian_jones_ps_kdgtn.html

You can teach your child at home: http://ezinearticles.com/?Preschool-Teaching:-You-Can-Teach-Your-Child-at-Home&id=254165

You can teach: http://youcanteach.com/articles/introduction.php

The natural way to learn: https://www.learningthings.com/blog/index.php/homeschooling-preschool-natural-learn

RESEARCH

Too much too early: http://www.besthomeschooling.org/articles/david_elkind.html

No more letter of the week: http://www.pre-kpages.com/lotw/

NAEYC: http://www.naeyc.org/

Play is a child’s work: http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=26297

How children develop: http://www.gdrc.org/kmgmt/learning/child-learn.html

How children develop and learn: http://www.encompassnw.org/DownFiles/DL34/CC4_Ch1_exrpt.pdf

Importance of play: http://www.education.com/reference/article/importance-play/

Importance of play from the American Academy of Pediatrics: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full

More on play: http://www.childaction.org/families/publications/docs/guidance/Handout13-The_Importance_of_Play.pdf

Social and Emotional Development: http://nieer.org/resources/policyreports/report7.pdf

National Council of Teachers of English: http://www.ncte.org/standards

Headstart: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/eecd/Assessment/Child%20Outcomes/HS_Revised_Child_Outcomes_Framework(rev-Sept2011).pdf

No more worksheets: http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleId=134

No worksheets for preschoolers: http://www.pre-kpages.com/no_more_worksheets/

 

Preschool Standards, Preschool Guidelines, Kindergarten Readiness Skills, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 1

1. Get familiar with your state preschool standards, guidelines and kindergarten readiness skills. Most states have early learning guidelines. Some state sites have links that you can easily find and other require you to perform an internal search on the website to find them.

Why?

Preschool is a time to introduce and become familiar with pre-academics, not a time to master them. Understanding your state standards will help you start with a goal in mind so you can focus your attention on what your child needs most. ABC’s are important, but so are many social, emotional and physical skills. Understanding standards and readiness skills will help you fill in the gaps so you don’t over drill your child or overlook many important skills. Remember, preschool is not college. It’s a time for play and development. Don’t get too stressed about all the guidelines. Use them to guide your child’s learning and play but you don’t have to follow a strict and rigid learning plan that forces your child into a structured environment before they are ready.

Kindergarten Readiness List: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/what-to-expect-grade/ready-kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness Slideshow:http://www.education.com/slideshow/developmental-indicators-kindergarten/ready-get-set-go/

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist: http://family.go.com/parenting/pkg-preschool/article-800421-kindergarten-readiness-checklist-t/

You can google your specific state and view their guidelines. Below I give you the links to a few highly ranked states to get you started.

Massachusetts: http://fcsn.org/pti/topics/earlychildhood/preschool_learning_eec.pdfPrekindergarten Performance Standards from New York: http://schools.nycenet.edu/offices/teachlearn/PreKStandards.pdfNevada prekindergarten standards: http://doe.nv.gov/Standards/Pre-K/Pre-K_Standards.pdf

Connecticut: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/DEPS/Early/Preschool_framework.pdfCalifornia preschool standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp

Vermont: http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/cdd/care/2006-03-29-VELS_booklet.pdf

Other links:

Highscope frameworks:http://www.highscope.org/Content.asp?ContentId=266

Headstart Website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/sr/approach/cdelf