Pre-K Homeschooling 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.
This page provides:
- Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Preschool
- Preschool Homeschool Curriculum
- Preschool Homeschool Resources
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. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a pre-k homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.
Ten Tips for Homeschooling Pre-K
- Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent. Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are our ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your preschooler.
- Plan lessons at a pace that makes sense to you and your schedule. Some homeschool parents find it necessary to plan out every detail of their homeschool day or week with a journal or software program, while other parents jot down general goals to achieve on a calendar and let the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.There is no right or wrong way, it all starts with understanding your goals of homeschooling and the needs of your children.
- Prevent burnout by scheduling regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group or meetups at the library and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
- Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the brightest benefits of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
- Learning with pre-k students happens everywhere and all through the day: when spotting insects on walks, doing puzzles together on the floor, and reading books in the hammock.
- Any focused academic time with your pre-kindergartner should be spread out throughout the day. 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there on building specific skills is plenty at this age.
- 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 finger plays also build pre-reading skills.
- Any activity, from setting the table to playing with playdough, that builds fine motor skills is also preparing your child for writing.
- States do not usually have laws regarding homeschooling preschool, so this a wonderful time to just have fun learning together without regard to guidelines or curriculum requirements.
- 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 and even outside!
Pre-K Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning’s pre-K 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 pre-K, the activities build skills in a variety of areas. Notably: 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
- 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.
Pre-K Homeschool Resources
If you’re interested in homeschooling for pre-K grade, you might also be interested in:
- Our lesson planning worksheet can help you estimate how many lessons to have your child do each day
- Preschool curriculum overview with a summary of key pre-K grade learning objectives
- Pre-K Vocabulary and Spelling Lists
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
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