What should my preschool homeschool curriculum look like? 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?
That is why we homeschool, isn't it? To be able to 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.
Here are some ideas of what you can do instead:
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.
You see, you don't need a lot of pre-packaged items for your preschool homeschool curriculum. Take advantage of their natural interest in learning and let them lead you down the path that they are interested in following. Most of all, have fun! This age goes by much too quickly and before you know it, you'll be after them to get their schoolwork done!