The cost of preschool can be as high or low as you want it to be. There are plenty of at home preschool kits where you can easily spend hundreds of dollars for just a few months. There are also many great free resources online. Here are just a few of my favorites.
1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1 is a site packed full of Montessori rich activities. There are activities like "Tot Trays" designed to inspire hands on learning and exploration. There are tons of free printables to help preschoolers learn the basics. Many include popular cartoon characters like Disney's Doc McStuffins or Nick's "Octonauts." The site is not only inspiring but doable as well.
Starfall is another great free resource. It is computer based, so you might need to help your little with navigating the site. The site helps little ones learn the alphabet and the sounds the make. It helps older children learn how to read and how to become more fluent. Starfall is both educational and entertaining. The original site remains free but they have expanded to include "More Starfall" which is not free.
Letter of a Week is a valuable resource at no cost. There "curriculum" can be used from birth all the way up to 11 years old. The lower levels place the focus on reading to your infant or toddler. The lesson plans include Literature recommendations, nursery rhymes, music, exercise, French, and speech. The lessons are simple and designed to create a love of learning and literature.
Counting Coconuts is a unique blog that has many ideas to use for your preschooler. It has brilliant recommendations for Montessori activities and resources. The blog has gorgeous and inspiring photographs that are sure to give you some great ideas and motivate your preschool. There are free printables and themed activities to keep you as busy as you want to be.
DLTK Kids is a must visit site for non-crafty moms. It contains many crafts sorted by ABC's, 123's, Books, Shapes, Animal Crafts, Bible Crafts, Different Cultures, and holidays to name a few. The crafts require simple house hold items. The instructions state what age the craft is appropriate for. You can print the templates right at home. The site also contains songs, coloring sheets, and printables.
These sites help you create a rich learning environment in your home. They provide low stress activities at no cost, so you can spend more time and money on other things. What are some of your favorite free preschool sites?