We started homeschooling in May 2012. I was scared. I wondered how I would teach my three youngest to read. I wondered how I would teach the baby his alphabet- all by myself. What about Algebra and such for older learners? It was a lot of pressure, but we knew it was the best decision for our family.
We have now comfortably settled into homeschooling and I am so grateful it is a decision we made. I feel confident.
I knew that teaching our baby, who is now 4, his alphabet was going to be a challenge. I needed to teach him each letter and the sound each letter makes. I decided that doing letter of the week crafts with him would really help the alphabet sink in. I remember when my twins were little and they attended Mother’s Day Out. They did many crafts and learning activities that associated with each letter, which helped them retain.
If you are doing preschool at home, homeschooling a youngster or just wanting to spend some extra learning time with your little ones, I have some awesome resources for you that are working well for me. I would love to share them with you.
Letter of the Week Crafts
If you are looking for a new craft to do with your little one as you introduce a new letter each week, check out my collection of letter of the week crafts. Over on my site I have a free printable and tutorial for each of these crafts that your preschooler will love!
The tutorial also includes books that relate to the letter you’re learning, as well as songs and rhymes to make learning lots of fun!
Preschool Letter Worksheets
We have started a new series that builds on the letter of the week crafts. These are preschool letter worksheets and they are free to print. The theme builds on the crafts mentioned above. So, for example, after creating the a is for alligator craft, you can do the do-a-dot printable where you search for the letter a on the alligator. Super fun!
Snack Ideas for Kids
What is more fun than to eat a delicious snack that correlates with the letter you’re learning this week? Our very own Chrissy Taylor, from The Taylor House, shares new snack ideas for kids each week that goes with our educational lessons. Super fun!
Best Children’s Books
And are you looking for awesome books to check out at the library as you teach your preschooler his alphabet? I have created lists of the best children’s books for each letter. Fun for all!
Alphabet Flip Book
Another resource I have handmade for my 4 year old is an alphabet flip book. It was super affordable and simple to make and we use it when doing each of these crafts and activities shared here today. It is also a great portable learning book you can take with you any where you go!
I hope you feel empowered to teach your little ones at whatever capacity works for your family, be it enrichment or home-based education!
Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.! She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?