Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ideas for Homeschooling Your Preschooler

Homeschooling your preschooler should not be a hard thing to do.  Providing fun experiences, playing games and simply being together is often all that is needed to educate a child at this age.  The following is a list of ideas to do with your preschooler:

1. Take a walk together.  Experiences like these allow your child to view nature up close and absorb the details of the world around them.

2. Play games together.  This builds self-confidence and promotes relationship skills.  Games can also be used for learning ABC's, counting and much more.

3. Fix lunch together.  Choose safe foods that a child can help you make.  My children like to spread pb&j onto bread for our sandwhiches or lay ham and cheese on crackers for us to enjoy.  This promotes life skills along with self-confidence and also relationship skills.

4. Create cards to send to loved ones.  Young children are often not ready to write and draw but with an adults help they can manage to create something unforgettable to share with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, siblings, cousins, and other loved ones that live far away.  This teaches a child to give back to their community.  It also helps them to learn writing skills and social skills such as the almost lost art of writing a letter.

5.  Bake and ice a cake to take to a neighbor together.  This is another way to give back to those in the community teaching children important socialization skills, as well as cooking skills they will need someday in the future.

6.  Read books together.  Learning to read is an important skill and children learn faster when they are read to.  This promotes family bonding and also begins a love of reading in a child.  Another bonus is that children can learn about other cultures, animals and skills through books chosen to read together.

7.  Take a field trip to a museum or other place of interest.  Exhibits, nature walks, state parks, and so many other places provide hands on learning experiences that children will absorb and learn with better than any textbook could provide.

8.  Simply go to the store together.  Children can learn lots of things in a store.  Counting, adding, subtracting, following a list, search and find needed supplies and so much more.  The store is full of educational experiences for a child.

9.  Play at the park.  Sometimes it's just good to take a break and simply spend a little time at the park.  Playing is a huge part of learning for a child.  Parks allow the child socialization experiences, physical activity, balancing skills, following direction and so much more.  Park days are some of our favorite days in homeschooling.

10.  Build a Lego village.  Doing simple things like building houses with blocks, roleplaying with dolls, pretend cooking and more allows a child to develop necessary skills for life.  Play should be fun and unique and allow a child to use their imagination.  Play is an important part of individual development for any child.

These are only a few ideas to use in your home preschool.  The important thing is to get your child thinking and moving.  Paper lessons are great sometimes but they should not be the bulk of your preschool homeschool.  Allow your child activities that make them think, react, socialize and get involved.  Those skills and experiences will build a lifetime love of learning.

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