Homeschooling Preschool: Tools to Help!

 

If you plan on homeschooling preschool you may wonder what you need to get the job done. The truth is you need very little! An imagination, an eager child, library card and your daily routine is all that is needed to successfully homeschool preschool. However, there are tools that can make homeschooling preschool a little easier.

Counting Bears-We LOVE these adorable bears and they are great for teaching a wide variety of things. You can work on patterning, counting, color recognition and early math skills. If you don’t have counting bears you can use blocks, or barrels of monkeys!

Flash Cards– The dollar tree has flashcards for everything from shapes, to positional words, to letters and numbers. We go through these cards at snack, in the car, during school, or any other time that is convenient. My kids always loved “getting” the cards after they were right, then counting them up afterwards. Flash cards do not have to be rigorous and can be fun if your child enjoys them.

Board Games– Candy land, chutes and ladders, hi Ho Cherry O, and Memory are all classic preschool games. The best things about these games are they are also educational!

Curriculum– A preschool curriculum is NOT needed, but some people really like to have one. I have used a few different ones through the years, and have heard reviews in numerous ones.

The favorites have been: Easy Peasy Homeschool (Free), Little Hands to Heaven, ABC Jesus Loves Me, Before Five in a Row and ABC Mouse.

Books– Preschoolers love to read and books are a great way to learn while having fun. We have really enjoyed the recommended reading list from Before Five in a Row. I also recommend the preschool books on this list of 100 great books for kids.

Friends- One of the best things about preschool is playing with friends. When you homeschool preschool you may be worried about not having that “tool”. However, finding friends for your preschooler can be easy. Look into story times at your local library. Most offer some sort of preschool age program. Arrange get togethers with your friend’s kids; go to the park, or mall play area. Look into local homeschool groups. Many accept preschoolers, even if you are unsure of your long term plans.

Homeschooling preschool should be one of the best years you will have as a homeschool parent.  There is no pressure, and learning is still fun. So, make plans to sit back and enjoy it! Hopefully some of these tools will help J.

 

Why Attend a Homeschool Convention?

Why Attend a Homeschool Convention?

As you know, the Alabama Homeschool Expo is coming up soon! You may ask yourself, “Why should I attend a Homeschool Convention”. That is a great question! Homeschool conventions are perfect for new and seasoned homeschoolers. I am going to share just a few reasons you should make time to attend a homeschool convention this year.

Encouragement

Homeschooling is hard. Going to a convention will put you with like-minded individuals who “get” what you are going through. They offer great and encouraging speakers, and workshops that will encourage you to continue on your homeschool journey.

Conferences can also help validate your decision to homeschool. If you have had a bad year, or are second-guessing your decision, you can gain encouragement from talking to moms who have been there, and have stayed on course. Also, if you have little support from friends and family, seeing and talking so many other homeschoolers who have chosen the same path can be a huge blessing!

Education

Professional teachers have some sort of continuing education requirement right? You are a professional too! A homeschool convention is a great way to continue your education. Not sure what to teach, or why? Not sure what your child’s learning style is? Not sure what Homeschool method to use? Have a child with special needs, and need some help? Most conventions will offer workshops on all of these areas and speaking topics can range from getting started, to graduating your homeschooler, and everything in between. Conventions are a great place for moms to be educated!

Friendship

Local homeschool conventions are a great opportunity to fellowship with friends, old and new! Many times, we moms get to busy to visit during the school year. A homeschool convention is a great excuse to make time for friendship. Invite a friend or two, and spend the day catching up and learning from the speakers, and gleaning encouragement.

Curriculum

One of the biggest reasons to attend a homeschool convention is the vendor hall. This is where numerous vendors will be set up with their curriculum, all ready for you to look at, feel, and of course-buy! Conventions will have a variety of homeschool curriculum spanning all styles, methods, and subjects. You can take your time, browse, and chat with others who have used the curriculum, and in some cases, even the people who have written it!

For these reasons and many more, make sure you make the time to attend a homeschool convention this year. Whether you choose to attend the Alabama Homeschool Expo, or another convention near you, attending one will be an experience you will not likely forget!