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.

 

Homeschooling Preschool: What do I Teach?

Preschool is such a fun age and is usually the age range where parents are trying out homeschooling. Preschool does NOT have to be complicated, and teaching this age is far from difficult.

The Basics

Homeschooling preschool starts with the basics. Preschoolers need to know their shapes, colors, numbers and letters. You will also want to teach them things like how to wash their hands, get dressed, undressed, and how to put on their shoes.

How do you teach these things? By living life! Point out colors while you are at the store. Read books and notice letters and numbers. Shapes can be found everywhere and shape hunts in your own home are lots of fun!

Life skills like getting dressed can be done every day. Encourage your preschooler to try and put on or take off his socks. Get a book from the library that has zippers and buttons and practice those fine motor skills. Slip on shoes are a must have at this age because tying is not required.  Teaching the basics to your preschooler can be done easily just by going about your normal routine.

Behavior           

Preschoolers are at the age where they are independent. They want to do what they want, when they want to do it. Yet, they are also inquisitive and eager to learn. You will want to teach your preschooler to be patient, wait in a line, and to sit for small periods of time.

While you are running errands, explain how a line works. We have to wait our turn, patiently, and quietly. Encourage your child to share while at homeschool group, or with his siblings. Check out books on sharing, and friendships from the library.

Make preschool part of your daily routine by having your child sit and color, read books or play games at the same time each day. This will get them into the routine of school, without actually “going” to school.

There is a lot of pressure to get children “ready” for kindergarten, but really if you play with your child, read books and have fun your child will have successfully “passed” preschool. And you will have successfully taught preschool!

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.

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.

 

Early Childhood Resources

Books and materials associated with The Homegrown Preschooler.

The Homegrown Preschooler by Kathy Lee & Lesli Richards

With the accessibility of a parenting how-to book and the thorough educational foundation of an expensive boxed curriculum, this guide will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms as they take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities that occur in everyday home life. Parents will learn how to transform their home into a learning environment that rivals the best preschool classroom by finding exciting learning opportunities in everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden. Parents can make easy use of simple-to-start ideas, advice, and activities, as well as organizational tips, recipes, and more than 200 activities that are easy to pull together. In addition, there are convenient charts and checklists to document children’s growth, which will help ensure there are no gaps in educational, social, or physical development.