How to start homeschooling your preschooler
(and a sneek peek into what homeschooling looks like for us)
This year, back to school means something entirely different to you. You’re planning to homeschool and your toddler has reached the preschool age. You feel like a huge weight is on your shoulders with the responsibility of molding and shaping the mind of your child. That just sounds like a heavy task! You’ve probably doubted whether or not you could pull it all off and questioned yourself as a homeschooling parent.
You are capable of homeschooling!
Dear worried mama, you have been homeschooling and doing an awesome job at it this whole time without even knowing it! You’ve already taught your little boy or girl how to walk, use a fork, take dishes to the sink and instilled good manners. You’ve taught them how to speak fluently in a language! So, don’t stress about the ABC’s and 123’s. Though, I’m pretty sure they already know those too!
Luckily, all children have such a strong curiosity that drives them to want to learn just about anything and everything. Our only job is to nurture those interests.
And if you have more than one child, you’re in luck because as much as they don’t always want to share their toys, they really like to share what they know with their younger siblings.
Set a routine
As spontaneous as I am, I’m still a creature of routine and my kids thrive on our unique rhythm where they know what to expect and it helps with shaping their organizational skills and responsibility. Notice I didn’t say schedule? Here’s the difference; following a schedule means “We have dinner at 6:00.” Having a routine means, “We have dinner after the park.” Our routine has us doing the same things around the same time daily anyway, we just aren’t rushed to meet a deadline. This is only my personal preference. I like having a routine over a set schedule because I believe in enjoying ourselves freely and not having a set time that dictates how long we’re “allowed” to have fun.
Sign up for some activities
There’s a plethora of activities that are super fun that will help with making friends and establishing good relationships with other people outside the home. Here are a few ideas.
- Martial arts
- Kids yoga
- Music lessons
- Art class
- Wood building workshop (Home Depot has a free workshop for kids once a month. Check out the Home Depot in your area)
- Second language
- Dance class
- Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts
Plan some field trips
Field trips have always been one of my favorites when I was growing up. This is where you can integrate learning and also have fun together as a family. We’re a super outdoorsy family and take the kids out exploring and learning about nature every chance we get. Here are some other cool places to go.
- Recycling center
- Fire Station
- Police Station
- Farmers Market
- Radio/TV Stations
- Fish Hatchery
- Hospital (they give tours)
- Movie Theater (a behind the scenes tour)
Get some tools
There are some really great tools out there for your preschooler to have fun while learning at home too. I love being able to sit down with my son and witness how much he enjoys doing his workbook and crafts. You can pick up fun activity books from any bookstore or online. We also have subscriptions to monthly craft boxes that are really awesome. Here are some of our favorites.
- Brain Quest workbooks! – We have both the Pre-K and Kindergarten one just to have a little more variety. The two workbooks have different subjects to learn about (click on the photo to take a look inside and get yours). My son loves these workbooks. It’s something that he chooses to do for his independent learning time while I get some chores done. The workbook contains ABC’s phonics, spelling and vocabulary, 123’s, patterns, time and money, community, science and games. It’s a perfect way for your preschooler to get self-motivated to lean.
Online Learning Games
There’s surprisingly a TON of free learning websites for kids that include really engaging learning games for them to discover new topics. A few that we like to use are:
- Green Kids Crafts! – This box subscription is the best thing ever! Although I love doing crafts, I’m not a big fan of going out to buy all of the items. Most of the time I still come home missing something but this craft box sends you everything you need with instructions. I’m all about being eco-friendly and living sustainably and Green Kids Crafts uses only sustainable materials for all of their crafts. My son loves getting these in the mail and the activities are super creative and engaging. And they’re really well priced! Here are their subscription options:
Monthly Subscription – $19.95
3 Month Subscription – $19.95
6 Month Subscription – $18.95
12 Month Subscription – $17.95
Learning can be incorporated into pretty much anything. As a homeschooling mama, it’s all about seizing those opportunities. Our little ones look up to us and want to learn about everything that we do and how the world works. It’s such a gift to be able to homeschool our children. No one will ensure their interest and shower them with love as much as you will. You are the best teacher they can ever have!