Look at these free pre K homeschool curriculum math ideas that I have used. It does not have to cost a fortune to teach your little ones using these creative and free ideas.
Home school curriculum refers to a specific program or course that you can use when teaching your child at home.
I believe that when teaching the littles, it is very possible to spend no or little money to accomplish that! So, I will look at ways to teach math using free pre K homeschool curriculum resources that you already have on hand.
I will cover basic math concepts here; but phonics and other subjects, as well as online games, will be shared in future articles.
Your goal is to introduce your child to as many of the following concepts as possible, although most will also be repeated and reinforced in later grades:
Use whatever paper you have on hand, such as lined paper, blank paper or index cards to create number flashcards to teach number symbols and names. Be creative and use stencils or write the numbers as neatly as possible since you are modeling proper form at this time, too.
You can use these homemade flashcards as free pre K homeschool curriculum to practice counting, to find a certain number of items that match a number drawn from the stack, and many more games.
Another idea is to use an old deck of playing cards and show how for the numbers 1(A) – 10, there is an exact number of items shown. You will have to explain that the A(Ace) is like the number 1 in this instance.
Counting is easily done by having your child select five small eraser caps or pencils when shown the number 5. Or ask him or her to draw and then count the number of people shown in his family.
Number lines can be drawn and are great to teach and practice counting forwards and backwards. They are also great for showing addition and subtraction. Use questions such as, “If you start at the number 2 and move 2 more spaces, what number do you land on?”
Use concrete items or “manipulatives”– toys, cookies, pencils, beans, rocks, etc. – to solve addition, subtraction, greater than, and less than word problems.
Once your child grasps the concepts visually using these items, add simple math problems that can be written on paper, a homemade markerboard or mirror and dry erase markers.
Teach shapes using hand-drawn flash cards and then have your child look for those shapes throughout the house. For example, a wall clock, the base of a tall candle, and a Yeti® water bottle are all shaped like a circle.
While looking at the clock, you can talk about time in terms that are relevant to them – teach morning, noon, afternoon, and bedtime “hours.” Then teach 8:00 am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm, and so on.
I would start with the o’clock hours and show it on an analog clock, if possible. Children grasp patterns well, so by showing them one o’clock, two o’clock, etc., they should grasp the concept.
I will assume that everyone has Lego® blocks and that this idea can be free as well
Use them to teach patterns by ordering blocks in a red-blue-red-blue pattern. Then, do a red-red-blue-blue-red-red pattern. Or you could do a pattern with the number of blocks such as increasing by two when connecting two, then four, then six blocks.
I hope this list of math concepts that can be taught using free items at home has been helpful. As you work with your preschooler and help him “see” these concepts, you are helping to develop and increase his understanding.
Cooking is another terrific opportunity to teach math skills such as measurement and weight. It also has its own reward -- you get to eat what you make!
Math is a subject that builds upon prior knowledge and skills, so these foundational skills are very necessary for higher learning. Hopefully, by easing your child into math with familiar items, he will have a love of math and not fear it as some do.
I would love to hear about some of YOUR ideas for teaching your pre-k homeschool curriculum using free resources.