Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Days of Tips for Homeschooling Parents~ How to teach Kindergarten for FREE (or almost free)!


5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents

When we first started homeschooling. I had no idea where to begin. I looked at different programs but felt that they were too expensive or too much work for a little one. I didn't want my five year old son sitting down and filling in workbooks all day long. So I searched for other ways for us to learn!
Many I found were free or relatively cheap. I loved using stuff we already had in the house.
Online I found a variety of free worksheets available. I printed out coloring pages, wiring pages and fun games for him to complete.
Here were a few of our favorite sites.

First School Worksheets 
Kid Zone 
DLTK

One fun thing I did was make a wall of his work. As we worked through the alphabet, we'd add the coloring page and writing page to our wall. The nice thing about "creating" my own lessons is I could easily find coloring pages and activities of something he loved to go along with our letter of the week. So for example, for the letter Dd we colored a page of a dinosaur. We read books all about dinosaurs that we checked out from the library. For fun, we'd draw pictures of dinosaurs, create a dinosaur out of playdoh, and play with his toy dinosaurs. 

Unit Studies are a great way to bring in all the subjects into learning. Homeschoolshare.com has a wonderful of unit studies geared for all ages! One unit study we did was for the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I created a giant coconut tree on the inside or our front door. I cut out all the letters and we placed them on the tree. Both kids loved having the tree in the house. We tried various types of fruit with this unit study. Michael loved star fruit and kiwi, but learned he didn't really care for papaya. 

Arts and crafts are a great way to learn. I saved everything. Plastic bottles and tubs, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper rolls, small and large boxes, newspapers, magazines, egg cartons, old socks, etc. We used all these things to create wild beasts, puppets, animals, robots, knights, swords. One time while learning about bats, we made bats out of black socks and hung them on a stick (which we found in the yard) from our dining room window. Michael loved it. We had four black bats hanging in our dinning room for months!

All my lesson were fairly simple and almost free. The only thing I really spent money on was the ink for the printer. We even had colored copy paper donated to us from grandparents. It was simple, fun, but definitely educational!

Stop by and see what other great tips and advice the other members of the Review Crew have to offer!

Tiffany @ The Crafty Home


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