I don’t homeschool and I’m not a teacher, but I do try to provide my son with a selection of educational activities that will keep him from wasting hours in front of the TV. One of my favorite websites for free printables is ABC Teach. I think this site is great for anyone looking to prevent the “summer brain drain” that so many kids experience.
ABC Teach has free coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, writing prompts, and simple craft projects. My son likes the holiday and seasonal activities the best, but the site has a nice selection of themed units on topics like sports, teddy bears, computers, and farm animals so you’re sure to find something that appeals to your child’s taste.
Most of the printables on ABC Teach are available as PDF files. As many of you have noticed, printing in color can get expensive. I usually print my worksheets in grayscale unless the color is central to the point of the activity. I use regular printer paper unless it’s a craft project, then I usually print on a lightweight cardstock to make it a bit more durable.
The majority of the materials on ABC Teach seem to be geared to preschool or elementary school kids, but there are a few activities for middle schoolers as well.
The free materials on ABC Teach are impressive on their own, but the site also offers expanded access for a small membership fee. If you are a homeschooler or have more than one child, this seems like it would be a reasonable investment.
Do you often plan educational activities to keep your child busy or to supplement what he or she is learning in school? If so, what are your favorite online resources for this purpose?
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