Free Toddler Homeschool Curriculum

Free tips on where to find home school curriculum for your toddler including three lessons to get you started.

Helping your child learn their colors, shapes, textures, early phonics, and additional skills at an early age will provide a good foundation for learning throughout their whole lives. Doing it on a tight budget is possible and free curriculum for toddlers is abundant if you just know where to find it.

Library

Libraries offer curriculum material for a wide range of ages. Besides hands-on learning material, such as books, puzzles and learning toys, many offer programs geared for toddlers and preschoolers, including hands-on crafts, story hour, and even outdoor mini nature excursions. Stop in your local library or call their information desk and inquire what programs they offer throughout the year and if they require pre-registration. Other than being a member of the library, cost is usually free!

Church and Parent Groups

Many churches and local parenting groups provide toy exchanges for their members. The idea is not new, but with many parents now interested in their child's early learning skills, many of those exchanged are learning toys. Also, check with any local home school organizations to see if they have any toddler curriculum to share. All of these are a great way to share some of those toys that your toddler no longer shows an interest in, and replace them with new to your child alternates.



Online

Type -free toddler curriculum- or -free preschool curriculum- in any major search engine. These will provide several online places that provide free curriculum and curriculum for sale. Those that offer items for sale often include free samples so do not overlook those. Many of the curriculum ideas will be in printable form; others will provide lessons for you to carry out.

Free Ideas to Get You Started

Musical Instrument

Toddlers are inquisitive by nature. They love to know why things do what they do. A simple way for them to both show their creativity and create their very own musical instrument is to have them make a shaker. Materials are basic and found in almost any home cupboard.

- One envelope

- ½ cup dried beans or peas

- Color crayons

- Assorted stickers

- Glue stick

- A few strips of streamer paper tore into five or six inch lengths

Let your child decorate the outside of an envelope with crayons and stickers. Talk to them about what colors they are using, but do not try to have them decorate it a certain way. Let them be creative. When done coloring and placing stickers, run the glue stick across the bottom backside of the envelope. Have your child place the pre cut pieces of streamer paper across the bottom so they dangle. Once done decorating, let your child help you measure out ½ cup of dried beans or peas. With your help, have your child pour them into the envelope. Seal the envelope, turn on some music, and let your kids try out their very own instruments to the beat of the music.

Kitchen Art

Sometimes we are reluctant to give a toddler art supplies because everything that goes in their chubby little hands eventually resides in their mouths. While playing with food is not usually a good idea, for a toddler it can be extremely fun and rewarding. Instead of traditional finger paints, provide them with two small pudding cups, one vanilla, one of color. Remember that for this to be a productive learning experience parent must join in! Paper can be used, but if you possess a high chair with a large tray, forego the paper and use the tray. Show your child how to draw letters or simple shapes in the pudding paint. This is a good curriculum for the parents themselves. It reminds us messes are easily cleaned and not the end of the world.

Laundry

We all know how toddlers love laundry. We fold it they unfold it. I partially solved this problem and created a learning game at the same time. Gather a dozen pairs of socks that are very different from one another. If your family is not large enough to raid a pair here and there from everyone, check out your local St.Vincent DePaul store. Stash the assorted socks in a small basket. An unused child's sand pail works perfect. Whenever laundry needs folding, give toddlers the socks, and tell them that they need to match them. The first few times you should show them how each sock has a match. They will beam proudly when they finally get all the socks matched with their mates!

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