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.

 

Should You Homeschool Preschool?

As you look at your active three or four year old, you may be contemplating what step to take next. Should you put them in preschool? Try it out at home? The questions may be swirling through your mind making you wonder if you should homeschool preschool?

Homeschooling preschool is a great option for a lot of parents. And it just may be what you are looking for!

Homeschooling Preschool is great practice! If you have thought about homeschooling but are not sure if it is for you, then preschool is a great place to start! Preschool is a lot of fun, and working with your child at this age will give you an idea into whether or not you could educate your child at home long term.

Teaching Preschool is easy! The three and four year old range is the best age to teach (in my opinion). Lots of hands on activities make up learning shapes, alphabet and numbers. That and a lot of books (preschoolers LOVE books!).

Homeschooling Preschool gives you time! Keeping your child home an extra year gives them time to mature, and time to spend in a home environment. I don’t think this could ever be a bad thing! It also gives them time to be potty trained (if they are not yet), and to become more independent.

Homeschooling Preschool does not have to be permanent. I know a lot of families who have homeschooled preschool then sent their children to kindergarten. Homeschool does not have to be an all or nothing approach.

So, if you are thinking about homeschooling preschool keep these things in mind and do what you think will work best for you and your family!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.