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So, if you are homeschooling (or just getting your kiddo ready for school), and you are like me- then you like to see what other parents have done when starting out on the homeschooling journey. I am by no means seasoned or a pro. I am still learning and plan to continue learning all I can about homeschooling. But what we did for pre-K worked for Addie.
I started really working with Addie on her alphabet, numbers and other preschool age stuff last summer. She was 3. By the fall, she had mastered the basics. I just wanted to get her ready for this year, when we will actually be purchasing curriculum and having a structured school time each day. The only thing I used that wasn’t free from the internet was the book: The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. We only went through half of the book, as I felt it was a little over her head after the basic letter sounds. She wasn’t ready for blending and she didn’t have the attention span necessary. We will be switching to Phonics Pathways this year.
So anyway, we started going through the lessons in that book and added in a couple worksheets each day. Also, we usually did some sort of craft to drive home the lesson that day. As far as worksheets though, I found Education.com where you could download the worksheets for free. I was able to download and print the entire alphabet in worksheets, and numbers 1-10. With these kids will practice writing and identifying things that start with the letter you are working on. We usually took a day for each letter.
Here is an example of the letter ‘A’ sheet:
When you are just starting off, it’s nice to be able to try out different things before you commit to a curriculum. I could kind of get an idea of how Addie did with it all. Homeschooling is a big financial commitment and I encourage testing the waters first!