Preschool resources are available for every budget! Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite affordable preschool resources. In fact, you can get free preschool curriculum and worksheets, too!
Formal preschool isn’t necessary–or feasible–for every child.
But I do think it is our jobs as mothers to begin educating our children–whether in a laid-back “live as we learn” approach or more formal training down the road.
I’ve curated a list of great preschool resources to get you started–that won’t break the bank. There are lots of pricey curricula and programs out there, but don’t think you have to spend big bucks to get good value. Have fun learning with your child, and remember: they don’t have to learn it all before kindergarten! 😉
Free Preschool Curriculum, Ideas, and Lesson Plans
- ABC Jesus Loves Me: This site offers free online lessons plans and PDFs for children ages 1 to 5. They also offer a variety of supplemental resources and workbooks at very reasonable prices.
- Our Preschool Homeschool Blog: A 26-week preschool plan, week by week.
- Brightly Beaming Resources: Another FREE curriculum that focuses on steps to reading.
- Starfall’s Learn to Read with Phonics: FREE printouts, resources and games.
- TLS Books: FREE printables for preschool through 6th grade.
- Richele @ Talking Mom 2 Mom offers many free homeschooling tips and printables.
- Modern Alternative Mama’s Project-Based Homeschooling (at Keeper of the Home): I love Kate’s laid-back, project-focused approach to preschool at home.
- Mary @ The Encouraging Home lists a great line-up of her homeschool curriculum and daily schedule. Her boys are older, but many of the topics and books can be adapted for younger children!
Affordable Preschool Resources
- Several experienced homeschooling moms recommended the Five in a Row series to me for preschool.
- I’ve gotten good reviews on Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I picked it up cheaply at a homeschool resources thrift store.
- Learn Your Letters Learn To Serve is a downloadable curriculum by Heavenly Homemakers. It is not free, but I have heard it is well worth the money!
Other Ideas for Preschool on the Cheap
- Share/Trade resources with friends
- Check out resources from the library or a homeschool co-op
- Scour consignment sales and thrift stores for used materials
Preschool shouldn’t put a strain on your budget. Keep it light and fun, be resourceful, and focus on learning and exploring with your little one!