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10 Best Tips for Homeschooling Preschool

10 Best Tips for Homeschooling Preschool

Homeschooling for your first year is kind of intimidating. There are so many choices out there. What in the world are you supposed to do??

Don’t worry! Homeschooling preschool should be one of your easiest and most fun experiences of your homeschool journey. I’ve homeschooled 4 of my children in the preschool years, and I still have 2 more.

I can honestly say that the early years are my absolute favorite. In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite tips for homeschooling preschool.

How do you start homeschooling Preschool?

Check your area/state laws.

Each state or area has it’s own set of laws regarding homeschooling. A good place to check your state laws is either your local board of education or HSLDA.org.

Learning Styles

Right now may be a little early to really know what your child’s learning style is, but you do know your child better than anyone else. Their learning style will likely change over the years, but you can start by checking out this post : Learning Styles.

Determining how your child learns can really help when picking out what worksheets, resources, or books to use during the early years.

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Why is homeschooling so intimidating in the early years?

I’ve talked to many parents who thing they are going to ruin their child by homeschooling them. It’s a silly notion, but they are really concerned that they won’t be able to adequately teach them what they need to now, and somehow their child will fall behind.

Well, the good news is that young children are very eager to learn. Yes, you can teach your child to read, write, and do math. I promise!! If I can, you can.

10 Best Tips for Homeschooling Preschool

Ok, so let’s get to it. My 10 best tips for homeschooling preschool.

Tip 1: Stop Worrying!

I went over this a little earlier in the post, but this is seriously the most important tip. There is no need to worry that your child won’t learn from you or that you aren’t qualified to teach them. I will say this again for you, If I can do it… so can you!

I know it’s easier said than done, but put that worry behind you so you can dive in. Teaching the early years to your children can be so rewarding.

Tip 2: Work Around Your Child

Preschool is not the time to set a rigorous schedule for your child. Little ones can get overwhelmed pretty easily.

I’ve always picked a time when I knew my child would be eager and ready to do activities. For some kids, that’s first thing in the morning. Sometimes it’s mid afternoon. There are kids who thrive with their learning if they’ve had time to play first, and there are others who do best as soon as they wake up and eat their breakfast.

Tip 3: Short Lessons

Doing short lessons is the most beneficial in the early years. Young children don’t have very good attention spans. So, they need quick lessons and activities instead of long drawn out ones. The idea is to get them to retain what they’ve learned. Not zone out.

Homeschooling for an hour give or take is a great place to start when you are homeschooling preschool.

preschool reading books

Tip 4: Read A lot of Books

Reading books builds vocabulary, attention spans, and reading skills in young children. If you haven’t already started. Try reading at least 1-2 short books to your child each day.

Some of my favorite books for preschoolers are:

Dr. Suess ABC Book

Goodnight Moon

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (We have purchased multiple copies of this book because it gets worn out from reading it so much. I may or may not have this whole book memorized! haha)

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Tip 5: Play Games

Play age appropriate board games and card games with your child. It doesn’t feel like formal learning, but they can learn so much just from playing a simple game with mom or dad.

This seems like a really simple tip, but it’s effective.

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Tip 6: Play Outside

Don’t be afraid to let those little ones get dirty. We play outside in all weather. (Except for storms! I don’t know why I felt like I needed to throw that out there.) Rain, shine, snow… they will find something to do.

My preschooler likes to play in the sandbox and with his tractors while we are outside. He will dig in sand and mud all day long!

Creative play time is super important at this age. If you don’t have a yard, that’s ok! Take them to the park.

Tip 7: You Don’t Need a Fancy Curriculum

You really don’t need a fancy homeschool curriculum for preschool. Just a few printables, some books, and games will do.

Check out our blog to find free and affordable printables for preschool.

Another option is to use free apps on your phone or tablet for fun educational time for your kids.

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Tip 8: Have Activities Available at All Times

It’s always a great idea to keep activity books, games, worksheets, playdoh, blocks, and etc. on an easy to reach shelf. You never know when inspiration might strike your little one, and they might want to create something or have an impromptu learning session.

As I mentioned earlier, being flexible is so important in the early years.

Tip 9: Educational Shows

If you don’t let your children watch TV or videos at this age, that’s completely fine and totally up to you as a parent. I, however, love educational videos and shows for preschoolers.

We try to limit time on technology, but when they do get on I’d rather them be watching something that is beneficial.

My son loves tractors and trucks, so one of his favorites to watch is Blippi.

Tip 10: Talk to your Child

It sounds really funny, but talking to your child about things is a great way for them to learn. When we lay down for bed at night we talk about all kinds of different things. My son asks me questions and I answer. Preschoolers are very curious.

We also like to tell stories. We make up stories and tell them to the kids, then they take their own turn to tell us a made up story while we listen.

At first their stories are short and might not make too much sense, but you’ll be surprised how quickly they pick up on good story-telling skills.

Conclusion

There’s no right or wrong way to homeschool your child for preschool. These tips are just a few things I’ve picked up through the years of homeschool. Honestly some things I wish I would have had someone tell me when I was starting out.

If you feel overwhelmed, don’t be. Feel free to email me via our Contact Page and I will be glad to encourage you and help you start your homeschool journey!

Comment below with your favorite preschool tips!

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