We are going to be using a mixture of homeschooling and unschooling practices to keep us all sane, while helping her learn and have fun. We've already had a few doses of what happens when we push her beyond what she wants to do, and I do not want a repeat of the complete shutdown that ensues (which is just another reason we are keeping her home).
I found so many different preschool and kindergarten printables on Pinterest, but leading back to their main sites was amazing (which I will link to at the bottom of the post). So many free pages to print off so we can do activities and learning at home without buying expensive books that she can only work on once. I went and bought a $30 laminator at Walmart, with 50 laminating pouches, so all told I spent $45 on that, not including paper and ink to print the pages off. I also bought her her own binder, so I could organize it all, tab dividers, wet erase markers (so they wouldn't rub off while she was writing or drawing) and some ring clips to organize the games I was able to find and print off. I think I ended up spending about $60 on everything, but the laminator was the most expensive and an item I won't be buying again.
It took about two hours to print, cut, laminate, and get everything ready for her to use, but she helped me with the entire process, which I think made her even more excited to use it all. I keep finding more things to add to it all, but I knew that was how it would be, and another reason I am so glad I bought the laminator.
For four hours the first day, my daughter did nothing but the pages I had made for her. The next day she spent another four hours. That night we did have our first meltdown when we did push her to play just one more time when she didn't want to, but even then, she was happy through the rejection. Today, she took a break from it all, and I know she just needed a break, but she brought the stuff out multiple times and then became distracted.
(Sorry about the quality of the pictures, my camera is missing and I used my cell phone)
Letter Matching - Match the capitol letter with its corresponding lowercase letter
Letter Matching Game - Match the animal to the letter it starts with
Mazes and drawing pages
Number and Shape matching game. There are even backs to print off so you can't see through the pages
Number Book - Find the numbers, and write on each page
Number Tracing Pages with counting ladybugs
Each of the links above have more pages to print at each site. These are just the basic ones I printed off as a trial, but please feel free to click through the sites and find whatever you need. There are thousands to print off, and they are all free.
Do you use any tools (ie: books, toys, printables) for homeschooling? If so, what are they?