Wait! Where did time go? All of a sudden, you have a preschooler!
Okay, I know you’re excited and want to give the best for your kids. You might be thinking how you can do this? What is the best curriculum to use when homeschooling a preschool?
Those are good questions, but before choosing a curriculum. You first need to know why homeschooling a preschool is important.
There are 2 main philosophies in learning at this stage.
The first philosophy is Learning through Discovery. These programs focus on child-directed activities where teachers serve as guides and plan activities based on children’s developmental levels.
The second philosophy is Academically based. It centers on programs that typically include drill and practice components.
Depending on your child’s needs and readiness, you can choose an appropriate curriculum to use when homeschooling a preschool. I honestly believe that there is no right or wrong way to homeschool your preschooler, we are all different moms to different kids.
Now let me go back to Why Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Is Important For Your Child, here are 4 reasons:
Preschool children are naturally curious, inquisitive and wired to learn. The number one goal at this early stage is to develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime. Don’t give in to the pressure of making your child learn how to read and write if they are not yet ready.
Read a lot of good books to your children, ones that make them want to be read over and over again. Even sometimes you read the same one so many times, you get bored of it! But this helps them to develop a love of reading that will last throughout their life.
Movement and Brain Development
Develop a routine in your homeschool preschool that allows plenty of time outdoors every day for active play.
It has been proven through Adele Diamond’s research that there is a direct connection between movement – both small and large – and a child’s brain development. Activities such as jumping, swinging, sliding and climbing trees is a great way to burn excess energy and even more important because they strengthen your child’s brain and prepares him for lifelong learning. Organizing/building small objects such as Lego or miniature dollhouse figures, increases their fine motor skills while developing creativity.
Spending time outdoors through all seasons observing nature provides your science “curriculum.” There is no need to give a child scientific explanations of the processes of nature, which are abstract and meaningless to a young child.
As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Thus, nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner. These early years are the perfect time to provide an atmosphere where the child can freely dream, play, explore and grow in both mind and body.\
Follow your child’s interest! This is definitely a top advantage when choosing to homeschool your preschooler. You can focus on their interest and build the learning desire from there. As their natural curiosity kicks in, they will become more and more interested in getting to know their surroundings and how things naturally work.
Imaginative play, open-ended activities and helping kids find the answers to their questions instead of telling them are great ways to boost your child’s curiosity.
Build your Child’s Character
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The best way to build a child’s character is at home. This is where your family values and traditions are passed. As Children love to imitate the work of the adults around them. Make sure that you model a character and behavior that you will want to see in your child.
All of these may not be found in a single preschool homeschool curriculum, but it is a guide you can use when choosing one. When homeschooling, we want to be intentional about what is being taught and learned in these early years. Depending on your preference, keep in mind that choosing a method or a structure provides a way to see how your child progress.
Whatever your decision is, the winning formula is always something that has love, joy, encouragement, and lots of moving!
Sorry, but one of the reasons I have decided to homeschool my child is because I don’t subscribe to pushing toddlers. The only time in our lives that we can just be children yet we want to foist academics onto them when they are not ready. It’s just ridiculous. And as for preparing them to be academic “ready”, that’s just hogwash. Let children BE CHILDREN!