It’s back to school time and this year is my first year doing tot homeschool with Zoe. I am almost done with our organization prep so now it’s time to get our first assignments together. We already do a hands on and play by learning approach however I have decided to follow a few early learning curriculums and styles which are more structured. I work better with structure and as long as we both adjust, we will continue to have wonderful results. Pinterest is our friend for homeschool resources. After researching curriculums, I was able to find lots of FREE resources on Pinterest. Being a SAHM on a budget this is a total win. I make smart purchases based on the resources I find and I also do DIY variations because we all know Pinterest is great for that too. I am focusing on toddler/preschool but no matter your child’s age or grade level, Pinterest has you covered.
Top 5 Pinterest Boards for Tot Homeschool
FHM Homeschool Board
I continue to build this board with pins from my next picks and more. We focus on 1-2 tasks per week and incorporate lots of art, music and discovery play. I’m flexible in what we do daily but having resources organized and at my finger tips makes it so much easier to prepare a few lessons in advance. Mornings work best for Little Z and I so I like to prepare before hand. I try to have everything planned out and prepared on the weekends.
This Reading Mama’s Pre- Reading Skills
This Reading Mama offers some of the best tot homeschool material covering any and all subjects. I’ve actually purchased a printable pack from her with over 600 pages of ideas, activities and instructions. I love all of her pre-reading and alphabet activities. In talking school with a fellow SAHM who is a former teacher, lots of the resources she suggested can be found on this reading mama.
The Artful Parent Toddler Board
My baby is an artist! She loves art especially painting. I discovered The Artful Parent while searching for easy art activities for babies and toddlers focused on gross motor skills. I immediately signed up for her newsletter. OMG, the resources for children and for parents are wonderful. Her toddler art board is one of my favorites but seriously I love everything about The Artful Parent.
I have a singer and musician on my hands. We bought Z a drum before she could walk. She loves it as well as a little mini piano. That along with microphones and she is well on her way. I tape her and send her singing videos to my uncle who is a self taught musician. He has played Carnegie Hall amongst other famous venues. All of his children are natural musicians so I always go to him for advice. I wanted to start her out with drum lessons but he suggested piano because if one can play the piano, you can play almost any instrument. He also suggested signing her up for a choir. We sing daily and I will be learning how to read music with my little girl. I found this great board with Music for Preschoolers.
Fine Motor Skills
Hands On While We Grow is yet another resource that blows me away. You can find everything here. The fine motor skills board is great for getting your kids prepared to write. Zoe loves to draw, scribble and paint. She has been spelling her name long before she even turned 2. She knows the entire alphabet, counts to 30 (sometimes 40) and counts to 15 in Spanish. I think this is pretty good so now I would love to engage her in activities to get her writing. I tried the whole trace the dots which is what I know. It hit or miss, mostly miss so I started to research and we are working on her Fine Motor Skills to get her going.
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SonyaAugust 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM
I homeschool my kido too and I’m currently trying to get back into homeschool mode. I’m about to checkout these boards. I’m sure they will be helpful for my three year old.
M JAugust 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM
Hi Sonya, Oh I will be coming to you for advice. Check out the boards. I’ve found some great stuff.
StacieAugust 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM
Homeschooling is a talent I do not have! I can’t wait for the kids to go back to school. It’s been a fun summer, but I’m ready for our regular schedule.
M JAugust 15, 2015 at 10:31 AM
LOL! I don’t know if I have the talent either. Every day is a new day and we are getting in our groove. Enjoy the rest of summer. School will be open in no time.
Siobhan (BeFree Project)August 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM
This Fall will be my first year homeschooling my children. They’re in the 4th & 2nd grade. I love Pinterest because there are so many great ideas on there. I think it’s awesome that you’re starting tot homeschool.
M JAugust 9, 2015 at 7:14 PM
Oh good luck Siobhan. What made you decide to homeschool? I am hoping to make all the difference in my kids world in case I decide to send them to public or private school in the future.
Christine @MomsNChargeAugust 10, 2015 at 3:16 AM
I love this series! And you know, as a homeschool mom of three, I’ll definitely be checking these out. Thanks for sharing!
M JAugust 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Thanks Christine. Yes I remember our homeschool discussions. I hope to stick with it.
AidahAugust 10, 2015 at 8:35 AM
I homeschool my tot and often time feel like a fish out of water not really knowing what I should teach her. This really helps give me some direction.
M JAugust 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Good for you Aidah. Yes there is so much to consider but I find Pinterest makes it so much easier. Good luck with your lessons. So far my tot is loving it.
[email protected]August 10, 2015 at 9:32 AM
This is awesome MJ. I so wanted to homeschool my kid back in the day but just couldn’t find a way to make it work at the time, so I am glad to see that there are so many resources available for those who can
M JAugust 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM
I hope to continue. Pinterest has been great as well as local mom groups. I am learning so much along the way including PATIENCE!
LaShawnAugust 11, 2015 at 6:20 AM
this is an awesome resourse! I wish I had the temperment and the time to homeschool, but I know I don’t! Good luck!
M JAugust 15, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Girl, I don’t know if I will continue when it is time for grade school. Right now it is rather fun but uhmmmm MATH especially if it is common core. Sigh
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