In the past I have blogged about a typical homeschooling day, my experiences using “My ABC Bible verses” as a curriculum, favorite toddler/preschool activities and my favorite apps for RocketGirl. But I really wanted to create a series of resources including the BEST OF …
… so here is a list of my favorite free printable packs. I have found many of these from Google and weaned them down over time to include the best of breed. Others I have found through my subscription to Money Saving Mom.
Where do I find all these awesome free preschool printable packs that I use in my lessons with RocketGirl?
- 1+1+1=1 http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/PreschoolPacks.html
- Homeschool Creations http://homeschoolcreations.com/EarlyLearningPrintables.html
- 3 Dinosaurs http://www.3dinosaurs.com/printables/
- 2 Teaching Mommies http://www.2teachingmommies.com/p/unit-studies.html
- Our Little Monkeys http://mamasmonkeys.blogspot.com/p/printables-for-tots.html
- Lawteedah http://www.lawteedah.com/p/my-printables.html
What do I do during a typical “lesson” using these packs?
Most preschool packs include some of the following activities below. [I have arranged them in order of easiest (say, toddler 18months+ to 4yo Pre-K).] We usually just do a couple of activities at a time and then I try to pair them with a Bible lesson (from “My ABC Bible Verses), a craft, or sometimes just a bunch of YouTube videos to explain a new concept. I use the printable packs in addition to my other Montessori-type activities and lessons, reading books together and “field trips” to the museum, grocery store, whatever.
What does a “preschool printable pack” include?
- Shadow – match the image to the corresponding shadow of the image
- Tanagram – use shapes to mimic a design
- Picture/Number-order alignment – put the numbers (or letters) in the right order
- Montessori Nomenclature
- Item identification
- Sight-Word identification (for older kids)
- Pre-writing – trace the dotted line from one object to another
- Words – usually just simple sight words or easy ones to sound out (cat, bat, sat, etc.)
- Size – put the objects in order from largest to smallest, etc.
- Patterns – identify the pattern and add the appropriate missing object to complete the broken pattern
- Logical Order – ex. put the whole egg before the broken egg and the picture of the girl cleaning up the mess last.
- Stories – ex. arrange the pictures of little red riding hood in the appropriate order
- Color by Number
- Color by Shape
- Color by Letter
- Memory Match – match the same objects – sometime a photo to a drawing of the same concept (i.e. the photo of a dog to the clipart image of a dog.)
- Same/Different worksheets – Identify the object that is different from / same as the rest.
- Size sort – put all the small objects in one box and the medium objects in another and the large in final different box.
- Differentiation sort (i.e. boy vs girl, hot vs cold, etc.)
- Clip cards
- Counting – Count the objects and use a clothes pin to clip the appropriate response – usually out of three choices. You can also use a dry erase marker if laminated.
- First letter of word
- Using dice – roll the die and then use marks or tokens on graph paper to count how many times each side lands face up!
- Using spinner – spin the wheel and then use marks or tokens on graph paper to count how many times each image is selected by the arrow. Use brads to secure the arrow or even use a paper clip as the arrow.
- Do-a-Dot Activities
- Cutting practice / scissors skills
- Stamping Activities
Printable Pack Tricks and Tips
- If you don’t have a laminator or can’t afford to laminate all your printables, put the worksheets in a clear binder/protector sheet or even a large ziploc bag and let the kids use dry erase markers on them.
- Don’t glue the sorting/matching/sequencing pieces to the worksheet – at least not the first time! Even if they aren’t laminated they will last several uses.
- Laminate clip cards back-to-back so that you waste less laminating paper.
- If you want to laminate glue-able pieces, laminate two full sheets of paper back-to-back and then cut into smaller shapes after laminated. The front of the sheets will be laminated but the backs will not; therefore they can be glued to other non-laminated surfaces! This is, of course, assuming that you don’t let your 3yo use CrazyGlue
- Store all printable pack components together in ziploc bags. Put tiny pieces in smaller zippies and staple to the appropriate worksheet so they don’t get all jumbled together or lost.
- Share with friends!