Birth to School Age
- Easy Peasy - All in one Homeschool - 1st-8th Grade Free Reading classes Learn to read and 1-8th grade
- Genesis GC Steps - 3 workbooks for reading readiness to be started before kindergarten.
- Hubbard's Cupboard - Great Resource homeschooling for Preschoolers and very young children.
- The Homegrown Preschooler - Hands on Preschool Education rooted in nature and strong in arts and crafts(A year of playing skillfully is the name of the complete curriculum sold on this website, but the website itself is a great resource) This would be considered Montessori philosophy of educating - Find more about Montessori here
- DLTK - crafts for kids - all free
- DLTK - Teach - educational resources - all free
- DLTK - Holidays - all free
- Veritas - Phonics Museum Combo Kit - $99 for full curriculum - $9 for phonics phone app only - Great complete program for phonics
- The ordinary parent's guide to teaching reading by Jessie Wise
- Phonics pathways
- Modern curriculum press's phonics program.
Resources for children who are younger who are sitting in on lessons for older children - At this age, my daughter made a palate on the floor and pulled out a busy bag and puzzles and coloring page and was in the room, entertaining herself while we did lessons. Within a year she was participating and excited about school.
- Busy Bags!!
- Puzzles-See list below for more educational toy resources
- History Puzzles
- Science Puzzles
- Dover Coloring books
- Free Coloring pages from Education.com
Kids Educational Toys Resources
- Melissa and Doug
- Learning Resources
- Usa Toyz
- Young Explorers
- Oriental Trading
- Fat Brain Toys
This is a great time period to start teaching with tales, fables and legends. See how to do that here and find some great resources for that here.
Ways to teach children birth to school age without formal lessons.
- Pre-reading = constant chatter! Speak to babies a lot. Speak outloud when you're playing with them in full sentences so that they can pick apart sentence structure.
- Read whenever you have a moment! Ask questions about what happened in the story.
- When they can speak, teach them the alphabet. Sing it all the time for fun! Read Alphabet books and watch alphabet YouTube videos.
- Teach the individual letter names.
- Teach that each letter makes a sound, just as cow says "moo" and dog says "woof".
- Teach which are vowels and consonants.
- Let them trace counterclockwise loops.
- Let them write letters in sand or rice.
- Count as often as possible. Start with fingers and toes. If they are incessantly bringing you pinecones as a gift or acorns, count them!
- Once they can count, count by 2s, 5s and 10s.
- Count backwards from ten.
- Start working with math sums up to 5, then 10.