Fortunately, homeschooling starting with preschool is fairly straightforward. This is the stage where teaching very basic skills are involved.
How to Homeschool Preschool
Even if you're still on the fence about continuing to homeschool kindergarten and beyond, homeschool preschool can be a great, easy way to get your little one ready for more rigorous learning.
Think you don't have what it takes to homeschool preschool? Don't worry! It's a lot easier than you think!
Get started with these tips for how to homeschool preschool and make it fun for everyone!
Homeschool Preschool: Start with the Basics and Don’t Stress on Details
Preschool should be about working on the basics. Children don’t need to master certain skills until kindergarten is complete. Don’t stress on your children being perfect with their skills.
The idea is to introduce them to as much of the basics as possible. Each child will gain understanding and mastery at his or her own pace. Remember, no two children are alike, so they will learn at different paces. That's okay!
Basic Preschool Skills
Some basic preschool skills you might want to work on include:
- letters - recognizing each letter and the sound it makes, beginning to write letters
- numbers - recognizing written numbers, counting to 20, and beginning to write numbers
- colors - recognizing and matching colors
- personal information - knowing how to spell and write their name, their phone number, and knowing how to recite their address
Homeschooling Preschool: Spread Tasks Throughout the Day
Young children need a lot of breaks between lessons. Trying to do many things at once can overwhelm them and, let's face it, make learning not fun!
Keep it simple and just do one thing at a time.
Spread out the lessons throughout the day. Make time for plenty of movement and exercise in between those more "formal" times.
This way your child will see learning as fun - which makes it a lot less stressful for both of you!
Learning Should Involve Playing - A LOT of Playing!
When you homeschool preschool aged children, keep in mind that playtime is actually part of learning.
In fact, at this age, play will be the main way they learn.
Learning Through Play
Children learn many skills through play. They learn about:
- cause and effect
- spatial relations
- and so much more!
Play should be how those basic concepts we talked about above are introduced. The more fun it is, the more children want to learn.
Homeschool preschool should be filled with fun and basic learning. Don't worry about workbooks that are a thousand pages and making it "formal". Have fun, play games, let your little one try new things, explore the world around you, and just have a blast!
Want to know more about how to homeschool kindergarten? Check out our guide here!
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