Yes, you can homeschool preschool. Here are a few things you need to know in order to do preschool at home (and have confidence to know you are doing it “right”).
They started after I shared 12 Indoor Toddler Activities. The emails that is …
“I want to be more intentional with my two year old, but I don’t know how. How do I get started?”
“I want to homeschool preschool, but I don’t know if I can. I don’t know where to start. What if I fail?”
“I feel called to homeschool my boys, but I’m so overwhelmed. Can you help me?”
And on and on the emails flooded into my inbox.
Mom after mom looking for help, direction, and confidence to venture into the world of homeschool preschool.
I confess homeschooling can be overwhelming.
I wonder … just like you.
- I wonder if I’m doing it right.
- I wonder if I do enough or too much.
- I wonder if I’m failing at this whole gig when life gets busy and we don’t do anything for weeks on end.
Then I remember what every homeschool preschool mom needs to know.
Homeschool preschool is what you make it.
If you’re just getting started with homeschool preschool, then start small and give yourself lots of grace!
Our homeschool preschool, which started out as intentional toddler time, has evolved into what it is today. I didn’t start with a tot school curriculum plan, organized toddler trays, or multiple sensory bin ideas.
I collected ideas over time.
I read lots of books and blog posts by other moms. I researched like crazy, and slowly implemented what I was learning.
Homeschool preschool is about introducing the concept of learning.
Homeschool preschool isn’t about mastering concepts as much as it is about exposing our children to a variety of learning opportunities.
- Talk with your child throughout the day.
- Tell him what you’re doing and why.
- Point out the birds flying overhead or the spider crawling across the hydrangea bush.
Help him explore, question, and learn by exposing him to as many concepts and ideas as you can.
- Read lots of books.
- Look at maps.
- Study the seeds of a strawberry with a magnifying glass.
Give your child a thirst for truth and for knowledge by slowing down and teaching through the daily tasks and opportunities your day presents!
Homeschool preschool is all about learning through play.
We work hard to limit the toys in our home to open-ended learning toys.
We give our children blocks, puzzles, books, cars and trucks, dress up clothes, pots and pans, etc.
Very few of our toys “make noise” – if they do, then they probably came from a grandparent. 😉
Our days consists of a lot of open ended play time.
This is homeschool preschool at it’s finest – learning toys, your child, and you sprawled across the living room floor just playing together!
Homeschool preschool is about watching and doing alongside Mommy and Daddy
We have a daily routine and schedule that we stick to. Our children come alongside us in this routine, observing what we’re doing, helping prepare and clean up meals, completing what they can of the chores, and overall just doing life with us.
Children learn so much simply from our example. You are homeschooling your preschooler because you want to keep him with you. So let him just BE with YOU!
So, what you really need to know is: there is no pressure for homeschool preschool.
That’s what you really need to know, sweet friend.
Do you homeschool preschool? Would love to hear about your experience in the comments.
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