I am blessed to be a stay at home mom of a very wonderful active 3 year old little boy. I plan to home school our son, I feel that it is important to start a home school program as soon as possible. The next question is where to begin? I have spent hours looking and trying different online lesson plans. I have found it difficult to find one that works for us. One of the best things about homeschooling is that I can create a lesson plan that fits my son.

What do I need to teach my 3 year old? All of my research shows that letter recognition and beginning sounds are important at this age.

………..Letter Books

I found some great books to teach your child to recognize each letter, the sound the letter makes and sight words that
begin with each letter. My ”  ” book by Jane Belk Moncure, she has created a book for each letter of the alphabet.
The great thing is that I found these books for free at Open Library.com.  I am creating sight word and sequencing
cards to go with each book.  I am working very hard to get these completed and posted as soon as possible. Please
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How do I teach my 3 year old? My son, like most boys has a lot of energy. Trying to get him to sit still for story time or other sit down activities is very difficult. My job is to find ways to teach him how he will best learn.

………. I try and find learning activities that he can stand and perform, example we have a large magnetic board on a wall (automotive oil pan painted with chalk board paint).  I printed out a coconut tree on construction paper and laminated.  I tape the tree to the board and put magnetic letters all around it.  We read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom each day, he loves to find each letter and dance around with the letter and put it on the tree.

How does my child learn?  My 3 year old son loves to build things.  My son has a lot of energy, he does not like to sit down and color, he would rather use the crayon as a spaceship.  He enjoys drawing on paper, chalkboard and on my walls…lol.  His favorite toys are trains, legos, pirates and dinosaurs.  Find books and crafts about things that your child likes.

……….. I find books, puzzles and crafts about the things that he is interested in ex. pirates.  We build letters using lego’s and I create pattern towers using his blocks, he will then build the same tower using the colors and blocks that I used.

Where to find supplies and ideas? Pinterest and Dollar Tree (or your local dollar store) are my go to places for ideas and supplies.  Your local craft store (Jo Ann’s and Michaels) both usually have 40 – 50% off coupons for a regular priced item.  Both of these stores sell Melissa & Doug and other teaching supplies, use your coupon to get puzzles, dinosaurs, blocks and magnetic calendar.

Where to find children’s books:  I try and go to my local thrift store at least twice a month.  My favorite thrift store sells children’s books 3 for 99 cents.  I usually always bring home at least $100 dollars worth of books for $4 – $6 dollars.
Scholastic paperback books are my favorite, you can find a lot of learning activities and crafts to go with Scholastic books on Pinterest and Scholastic site.  If you have a Kindle, computer or tablet, your local library probably has an online book lending library for ebooks.  You can also find children’s ebooks to borrow at wegivebooks.com and openlibrary.com.  I like to find books being read online at Youtube.com.  Hobby Lobby is my favorite craft store, they usually always have a weekly 40% off coupon.  I buy craft supplies and children’s books there (they usually allow you to buy books using a coupon, but I suggest reading your coupon to make sure)

Books:   A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z

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