How to Start Homeschooling Preschool
Three out of my five children have been through homeschooling 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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How to Start Homeschooling Preschool
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:
How long should I teach my preschooler each day?
Preschool shouldn’t take very much time per day. At 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
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 preschool printables:
- Sight Word Worksheets
- Nature Alphabet Flashcards
- Trace the Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase Worksheets
- Pre-K Calendars, Months of the Year Chart, and Days of the Week Chart
We are always adding printables to our shop:
Other Common Questions About Homeschooling Preschool:
- How do you homeschool a preschooler?
- 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.
- Can I homeschool my 4 year old?
- You can start preschool with your 4-year-old if they are showing signs they are ready for it. I started my 3-year-old with Teach Your Child to Read.
- (Click here to read more about Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.)
- What is the best preschool curriculum for homeschool?
- Homeschooling preschool does not really require a fixed curriculum. However, if you’d like one, The Good and The Beautiful has an excellent hands-on program.
- What supplies do I need for homeschooling?
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!!!
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