26 Places to Find Homeschool Curriculum for 2 – 3 Year Olds for Free or Cheap

Whether your children are  2 or 3 years old or you are homeschooling a variety of ages; finding homeschool preschool curriculum that can be a challenge. For this reason I wanted to compile all of the resources I have found over the last several years of homeschooling my own children in one place to help other parents navigate this often overwhelming world of homeschooling toddlers and preschoolers.

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Homeschooling Toddlers and Preschoolers Lesson Plan Videos

One of my favorite ways to keep my 3 year old preschooler busy was to ensure I had several hands-on activities at my disposal. I created preschool toddler trays or tot trays weekly to ensure he had things that he could work on to stay busy. This was also especially helpful when his older siblings were homeschooling and needed more of my attention as some of them he was able to do independently.

I created a YouTube video playlist of 21 Homeschool Toddler Preschool Shelf Work Activities using free or cheap resources online. I break the first two of them down by activity. This will give you an idea of what is included in the videos. Click here to watch the playlist in its entirety.

Homeschooling Toddlers Preschool Shelf Work – Alpha-Phonics Practice & Number Recognition – for this video I purchased foam letter and number puzzles and water beads. I then hid the pieces in a bin of water beads for him to find, say the number or sound and place in the corresponding spot in the puzzle. I also placed number flash cards in front of him, had him count the items on the card, find the corresponding number in the puzzle and place the foam number to the side next to the matching card. 

Foam Letters & Numbers Toddler Homeschool Preschool

Water Beads Toddler Homeschooling Sensory Bin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Fall Activities Shelf Work for Homeschooling Todders and Preschoolers video I used his Kurio Kids Tablet and pulled up the Starfall app. Using resources on that site and the letter magnets I had him create the CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words he learned in the lessons. I also incorporated our Halloween pumpkin carving activity into this lesson by scooping out the seeds, washing them and letting them dry and using them for math activities.

I purchased foam pumpkins, wrote numbers on them and had him place the correct amount of seeds on each pumpkin. We also did some reading for this activity. I also use The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat, My First Steps to Reading Alphabet books and the Alpha Phonics Primer for Beginning Readers and incorporate those into our lessons. 

Secular Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Lesson Plans and Resources 

Did you know Easy Peasy Homeschool offers a Preschool and Kindergarten program?

In Getting Ready 1 they learn the alphabet, one letter a week as well as the alphaet song to earn the order of the letters.

Getting Ready 2 covers counting through 100, handwriting and incorporates writing words and sentences by the end of the school year.  The goal of these courses is to prepare them to use the free online homeschool curriculum Easy Peasy Homeschool. 

Starfall emphasizes exploration, play, and positive reinforcement—encouraging children to become confident and intrinsically motivated. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children and is especially effective for special education, homeschooling, and English language development.

Teach Your Monster to Read is is part of the Usborne foundation, one of the worlds leading childrens book publishing companies and helps young children develop speed and accuracy in learning letters and ultimately reading.

Free Toddler Preschool Homeschool Curriculum – Christian Worldview

Many families are looking for way to incorporate their beliefs early on in an educational way with their children and luckily there are several free Christian homeschool preschool and toddler options available.

ABC Jesus Loves me was founded to help adults be intentional with the children in their lives. It includes free homeschool preschool lesson plans and curriculum for ages 1 through 5.  The curriculum includes Bible, self-care, music and academics online in the form of free, easy-to-use lesson plans and worksheets.  

Another Christian Homeschool Preschool and Toddler Curriculum resource comes from Danielle’s Place. Danielle’s Place offers several Sunday School and arts and crafts options for parents and Sunday School teachers.

Included with that yearly subscription is an ABC, I Believe Series of Lessons that offer a scripture and theme for each letter of the alphabet. This is a perfect option for teaching 2 and 3 year olds in a homeschool preschool setting. Each lesson includes an introduction to the letter and an animal or insect.

Compimentary arts and crafts projects round out the lesson. Integrated  toddler preschool lesson plans around math, reading, writing, science and physical education are included.

This curriculum works well for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids through Grade 3.

Preschool Homeschool Lessons Through Everyday Life

For more structured learning for the preschool and toddler age, I recommend the Before Five in a Row Curriculum. These books and the accompanying lesson plans provide endless opportunites for growth and learning.

As organized, structured and educational as homeschool preschool lesson curriculum can be, they are truly not necessary to homeschool your toddler or preschooler. Creating a loving, nurturing environment full of opportunities for learning and growing is enough for for the 2 to three  year old child.

Three are countless ways to teach 2 and 3 year olds in your homeschool for free or inexpensively. Often though for this age, you don’t even really need a curriculum. Visiting the park, library, grocery store, post office and children’s musems are great ways to engage your child and teach them about the world around them.

Spending time together, reading, cooking, playing and enjoying one anothers company will go far to create a loving home environment where learning happens organically through living life and everyday activities.

 

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