Homeschooling the Preschool Years
3 out of my 4 children have been through preschool, and my 4th will be ready for preschool before I know it. Preschool is one of the easiest years for homeschooling. It is a year that you can be very laid back and flexible, and not be worried about getting behind. But, it is also the starting point for many newbie homeschoolers. So when you don’t know where to start, it can be overwhelming. That is why today, I am going to cover a few different topics with you:
- When should I start Preschool with my child??
- What does my Preschooler need to know??
- How long should I teach my preschooler each day?
- What curriculum should I use and do I really need one??
- What is the cost of homeschooling the preschool years? (including some free resources)
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When Should I start Preschool with my child?
This is a tough one. I would have to say, you should start preschool when your child is ready. If you are looking for an age range, somewhere between 3-5 years old. Both of my boys started Preschool at 4 years old, but my daughter started preschool at 3 years old. I waited until I felt like they were ready for it, and they could handle it. My daughter showed interest when she saw her older brother doing school. She asked me for some of her own “school work”, so I gave her some. That is how it happened with my youngest son, too. He wanted to be right there with my oldest two doing his own work.
What Does my Preschooler need to know??
When homeschooling the Preschool years you need to know your ABCs and 123s. Your Preschooler should learn the basics. Here are a few ideas of what to include in the Preschool years:
- reciting the alphabet
- recognizing the letters of the alphabet
- counting to 20
- recognizing numbers to 10
- shapes (basic shapes, at least 5)
- begin to cut
- begin to use glue properly
- paint, color, and other fun art projects
- Beginning handwriting (tracing letters, lines, numbers)
This is a good book to read:
What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten
By Edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. & Linda Bevilacqua / Delta
This beautifully illustrated read-aloud book for preschoolers introduces them to poems, rhymes, stories, songs, history, and science fundamentals. Designed for parents to enjoy with children, the book features sidebars with suggestions for parents that will make the experience both interactive and educational.
Part of the Core Knowledge Series, this read-aloud book will introduce them to the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary for making the most out of their kindergarten experience. Developed by a team of experts to carefully sequence knowledge, this book can become the first installment in a comprehensive educational scope & sequence in your child’s life. Approximately 209 pages, softcover.
How long should I teach my preschooler each day?
Preschool shouldn’t take very much time per day. At the most I have spent 1-2 hours a day working with my kids at that age. It is not necessary to spend hours and hours working with them every day. 1-2 hours should suffice. At this age, children need time to play and explore. Think about buying some fun learning games and resources to play with them as well. We have these alphabet popsicles for learning ABCs.
What curriculum should I use, and do I really need one?
There are a lot of choices, but honestly… you don’t really need a formal preschool curriculum. Spending hundreds of dollars for preschool is just not necessary. There are some good FREE curriculum choices out there, and some very affordable ones too.
(If you are interested in homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason method check out: Charlotte Mason Style Preschool)
My personal favorite for preschool is ABCmouse.com… I cannot say enough. I have used it for all of my kids, and loved it! We even used it up through Kindergarten with my 3rd son. And it is super affordable.
Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool has an all FREE preschool curriculum.
or… if you are willing, you can piece one together.
What is the cost of homeschooling the preschool years? (including some free resources)
The cost of homeschooling a preschooler ranges from FREE to hundreds of dollars. I listed Easy Peasy as one of the FREE homeschool curriculums for Preschool, but you can also print resources offline for free as well. If you are looking for something more open and go, that is put together for you, you will most likely spend more $.
You can find free printables everywhere online, but I would recommend going to Teachers Pay Teachers. This is where I find a lot of my printables.
Check out our printables:
Preschool should be fun and enjoyable for your child.
Play as many games as you can, watch some learning videos on youtube, do some fun crafts, and relax. Don’t forget a few worksheets, too. They love to feel like a “big kid” with their own school work to do.
What resources have you used for Preschool??
What curriculum do you prefer or do you just piece yours together?
Let me know in the comments!!
Have fun homeschooling your Preschooler!!!