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Getting Started with Preschool Homeschool

Getting Started with Preschool Homeschool
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Teaching Preschool at Home: An Overview

While many homeschoolers don’t feel the need to do any kind of “formal” homeschooling with their pre-kindergartener, others want to start creating some learning structures. Even so, it’s important to remember that the work of a preschooler is PLAY. Thankfully, at home, play and learning can be integrated so closely that kids will rarely know where one ends and the other begins.

If this is your first year of homeschooling, you couldn’t have begun at a better time. Every concept you introduce is an exciting adventure for your PreK student, and they are eager to learn and experiment with what they are learning. Your home and yard can be one big educational playground. While traditional PreK classrooms are usually set up around “centers” of learning, you can mimic some of that at home. You could have an area of your house with an aquarium, child microscope, and water/sand table for your “science” center, and a corner of a room stocked with dress-up costumes for “social studies.” The possibilities are endless.

Preschoolers are actively building pre-reading and pre-math skills with activities like learning to rhyme words, learning to count and find patterns, and mixing and measuring ingredients for a recipe. A typical preschool curriculum includes language arts , math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a preschool homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s PreK lesson plans page.

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Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Preschool

Preschool learning involves a lot more than just teaching and planning activities for preschoolers at home. Here are our top ten tips on how to get started.

  1. Providing consistency is very important in early childhood education. While your homeschool routine should be very relaxed, ensuring that toddlers know to expect activities at certain times of the day is key.
  2. A homeschool PreK curriculum can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. Some homeschool parents find that they need to plan out most every detail of their homeschool day or week, while other parents are fine with jotting down some general things they want to cover and letting the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.
  3. Homeschooled kids and homeschooling parents both benefit from regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group and get involved with field trips, play days and clubs they offer.
  4. Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
  5. Learning with preschool students happens everywhere and throughout the day: when spotting insects on walks, doing puzzles together on the floor, and reading books in the hammock.
  6. Any focused academic time with your pre-kindergartner should be spread throughout the day. 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there on building specific skills is plenty at this age.
  7. There’s never “too much” reading at this stage. Read-alouds and picture books should be integrated into your schedule every day. Nursery rhymes, songs, and fingerplays also build pre-reading skills.
  8. Any activity, from setting the table to playing with playdough, that builds fine motor skills is also preparing your child for writing.
  9. States do not usually have laws regarding homeschooling preschool, so this is a wonderful time to just have fun learning together.
  10. While convenient, there is no reason that families have to have a dedicated “homeschool room.” Families living in smaller spaces often find that as long as they have a dedicated area of their home to store their supplies, they can learn equally well in any room or even outside!

Online Preschool Curriculum for Homeschool

Time4Learning’s online PreK curriculum is designed with pre-readers in mind. The only requirement is that students understand how to use a computer mouse or navigate a tablet and be able to understand simple auditory instructions. As preschool learners build skills, they will progress to lessons involving multiple commands and greater options.

For PreK, the activities build skills in a variety of areas. Most notable of these include pre-reading literacy, math foundation, creative expression, music, art, and science. The lessons are interactive and engaging, with simple verbal directions, appealing graphics and some great music. The program is organized around themes such as colors, shapes, tools, or foods. These are introduced with a story or song, and are followed by activities tied to theme.

Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum
If you’re interested in teaching preschool at home, you might also be interested in:

  • Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
  • Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so student learn at their own speed
  • Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
  • Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
  • Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple.
  • Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
  • Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase.
  • Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty.

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