Chapter 3:

Guide to Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

If you are considering home schooling for your preschooler you must also be scouting internet and other parents or educators to make out what preschool homeschool curriculum would be the best for your child. If you are wondering where to start with and how to go about, then this is going to help you.

What you need to know before home schooling your preschooler:

No one knows your child better than you and only you can decide what is best for them. Having a structured program is as important as having your child always eat a healthy meal. Experienced homeschoolers believe there are certain kinds of activities that are much more important and appropriate in early childhood than directly forcing them into reading, writing and arithmetic. If you’ve been raising a child up to the age of 3 you’ve already started homeschooling. The natural world is the first curriculum a child is exposed to, and it can only be learned by direct interaction with things.

As Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’ so the best you can do for your child is to let them freely play and explore the world around them. In addition to this a structured curriculum should be introduced as a trampoline. Instead of you worrying about being a teacher, being a leader and guiding your child explore themselves is the best way to home schooling your preschooler. Always remember never to burden and over schedule your child that will restrict their ability to observe and self-learn; which the most crucial aspect of the educational growth, in an inquisitive preschooler.

The logical structure of reading and arithmetic requires syllogistic reasoning abilities on the part of the child and they only develop these skills by the time they reach the age of five or six. Thus, it is wise to introduce formal education in reading, writing and arithmetic by then. The basic principal to follow during home schooling is to start from your child, not from the subjects to be taught.

An important aspect of homeschooling a preschooler that you need to be aware of is that, no child is same. The grasping and observation skills differ from child to child. You can never weigh the quality of home schooling effectiveness at this point and don’t try to.   The use of unsupported, potentially harmful pedagogues is particularly pernicious at the preschooler level as it is likely for these children to develop a dislike toward learning and school which will obstruct them from comprehending their hidden talents and abilities.

How to Build a Customized Preschool Homeschool Curriculum?

Story Time: From the age of 2 story-times is a good way of grabbing your child’s attention and ignite their imagination. Don’t feel guilty to read the same story a 20 or 30 times, your child just loves it and enjoys it.

Motor Skills: Once your child has mastered the gross motor skills you are focus on to tuning the fine motor skills. To start with, you can give large sized crayons and pencils and make your child write really big alphabets, shapes or numbers. The level improves as soon as they are able to draw legibly.

Pets: You child will be more than willing to take care of the pets like dogs, cats, fishes, birds, turtle etc. Have them feed under your supervision and let them pamper them and play with them. This will help them learn a lot. If you are not keen on having pets, you can simply have bird feeder and let your child watch different type of birds and get a closer observation of nature.

Play Role Activity: Role playing with your child’s favorite cartoon character or animals and acting a skit out with help them understand emotions and develop moral values depending on the type of activities. This could be a fund and an interactive part of your preschool homeschool curriculum. You can even simple play shopping or cooking games and get them understand how the real world operates.

Day Dreaming: A relaxing time outdoor can be turned into a day dreaming session talking about the trees, birds, sun, rain or anything that can spark your child’s thinking ability and wild imaginations.

Sun & Moon: Create opportunity for your child to observe the beautiful shades of sun set whenever possible. They can also keep a track of the changing moon. You never know what might strike the minds of these toddlers and how.

Play Dough: You can buy or make play dough with ease. Let your child’s creativity spill over and you will be amazed to see the details that grab their attention when they are busy creating something new.

Independence: Always give space for your child to do their things independently. From the age of two they can feed themselves, pick up their toys after playing, try wearing their dress, help you with minor daily chores like helping you pick the laundry, arrange the flowers etc. You can motivate these activities by offering pocket money or their favorite snacks.

Painting: Let your child mess up with paint and explore the colors and its texture with their bare hands. You can later cut out animal shapes or letters from the painted paper and add it to your preschooler’s art library.

Singing: You can play them kids songs and rhymes on TV (or youtube) or even sing action songs. Let them listen to the same song a couple of times on daily basis. When you child starts humming them while playing, painting or day dreaming you know they have learnt it.

Schedule: Scheduling a set time table with a balance of learning, playing and free time is helpful when home schooling. This will set a routine for both of you.  Remember not to over burden your toddler each day with a lot of activities and make it a tight schedule.

In order to enhance the preschool homeschool curriculum, you can also include gardening, cooking activities, teach good habits and visit to parks, kids exhibitions on weekly or monthly basis. A comprehensive home schooling curriculum is what you need to develop to nourish your preschooler’s holistic development. Once you set the foundation right you can be assured of the fact that your child will enjoy and excel in the advanced schooling in a formal education system.