Preschool Room Decorations, Preschool Bulletin Boards, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 6

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.

Why?

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.

Decorating:

http://www.ehow.com/video_6164940_decorate-preschool-classroom.html

Tips:

http://faigekobre.hubpages.com/hub/4-Tips-on-Decorating-your-Preschool-Walls

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

STEP 5

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!  

http://www.first-school.ws/materiallist.html

http://www.hsclassroom.net/2011/09/15-supplies-you-need-for-homeschooling-preschool-and-beyond/

http://inlieuofpreschool.blogspot.com/2012/03/our-art-and-craft-supplies-list.html

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

STEP 4

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.

Why?

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.

Directions:

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-

http://www.thatresourcesite.com/Resources/lbls_signs/posters_number1to10.pdf

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

signs/posters_number1to10.pdf

 

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:

http://www.homemade-preschool.com/support-files/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