Long before I permanently (or at least as permanently as we get around here) decided to homeschool my kids, I decided that I could handle homeschooling a preschooler. I’d always liked the idea of homeschooling but I wasn’t sure if the reality of it worked for me
Since I wasn’t particularly attached to the idea of sending my son away for preschool that seemed a good place to start testing the waters of homeschooling.
Fortunately there was the added bonus that I wasn’t intimidated by preschool subject material so I could tackle it without too much anxiety. After only a short stint in a local home-based preschool, I’ve since homeschooled all my kids for preschool and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
Is homeschooling a preschooler for you? Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you WANT your kids home? We all parent differently so there’s no right or wrong answer to this. Some of us love having our kids home all the time. Some of us really need some personal time to feel like we’re at the top of our game the rest of the time. If you enjoy having your kids home (or even want to enjoy having your kids home), homeschooling a preschooler might be for you. Keep in mind, every day is not going to be perfect just like every day you send your child off to preschool won’t be perfect. Life comes with ups and downs.
Are you willing to be creative? Preschool curriculum isn’t complicated but preschoolers themselves are complicated creatures. What works for one doesn’t always work for another. You have to be creative and find hands-on activities that help your preschooler learn about the world around her. Sometimes you have to find innovative ways to teach material so that your preschooler has fun while she’s learning it.
Are you flexible? Preschoolers follow their own timetable. You may have an elaborate lesson plan ready to teach your preschooler about the sounds the letters of the alphabet make but if she isn’t into it then it isn’t happening. Your preschooler may want to learn how much water fits into different size cups or where the bug she sees walking across the sidewalk is going. These detours can lead to some amazing educational experiences if you are willing to go with them.
In my family, we make decisions one year at a time. It works for us and I don’t have to panic and think I have to make every decision for the rest of my kids’ school careers right this very moment.
If you are thinking about homeschooling your kids, the preschool years are a great place to start feeling things out. You can take things one day at a time.
As a parent, you know what’s best for your child. By following your preschoolers lead, she’ll get all the education she needs.
Have you ever considered homeschooling?