Should I Homeschool Preschool?

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Should I homeschool preschool? If your first child is entering the three to four year old age, you have probably asked yourself this question.  Many kids this age are traditionally sent off to a part-time preschool program a few days a week, so you're beginning to question whether or not you should be doing something.  Am I right?

homeschooling your preschooler

If you already have elementary aged homeschooled kids, you're probably wondering "how do I homeschool preschool AND do everything else?" Keeping it simple and child-driven is definitely the way to go if this is your 1st or your 5th preschooler! 

Besides, we homeschool so that we can do what we feel is best for our children and not what everyone else thinks we should do.  In my opinion, you don't need a formal curriculum for your preschooler!  Yep, you heard right.  You don't need it, so don't be tempted to spend the money on workbooks and programs.

How do I Homeschool Preschool?

One great way to do it is to begin first thing in the morning with a morning time routine. Starting off while the little ones are fresh (hopefully) will allow them to feel included, participate joyfully and then be content that they got to do school for the day.

If you like the idea of a pre-packaged plan, then you should check out Pam Barnhill's preschool morning time plans. She has four packets of pre-planned morning time routines made up just for preschoolers! 

Each packet covers 10 weeks of material and includes book lists and any other supplies you might need. This is an ideal way to get your littles involved in school without having to spend a huge amount of time working with them.

Harvest Term covers September through November

Hibernate Term covers December through February 

Growing Term covers March through May

Playing Term covers June through August

What's nice is that the plans are laid out in either a block schedule or a loop schedule so they allow for a lot of flexibility. And flexibility is good when we're dealing with preschoolers, right?

Take a Minimalist's Approach

If you don't want to buy Morning Time plans, then here are some other ways you can homeschool your preschooler without making it complicated or time consuming. 

1.  Read aloud to your child...a lot!  Make this a part of their everyday existence.  You can do it in the morning when they are fresh, before or after nap-time or before bed.  Maybe even all of those!  Reading aloud to your child is one of the best things you can do for their "education" at this age.

2.  Go to the library to check out books and educational movies.  So much can be learned from good books and movies.

3.  Library programs are a good way to get in some socialization and craft time.  Most of these programs are free and lots of fun.

4. Look into your park district programs to see what they offer for this age group.  You might be able to join a music, art, gym or dance class for very little time and money.

5.  Have a lot of age appropriate puzzles, games and coloring books on hand.  Change them out every once in awhile to keep your child's interest level up.

6.  Arrange play dates and field trips with other homeschooling moms in your area.  After all, isn't that what most preschool programs are all about?  If they aren't, they should be!

7.  This is a great age to introduce letters and numbers if you haven't already done so.  Don't make it too formal unless your child seems ready and interested.

No matter what you do, remember to keep it simple and flexible!

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