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How many of you Homeschool your preschool aged little ones?
What kind of things to do you do/teach?
Do you sit down and "study" working with them or just integrate teaching & learning opportunities as they appear throughout the day?
It depends what you mean by "pre", really. My 15 month old learns through play and day-to-day activities (like, if he brings me a block, I'll point out the letter T on it and show him the turtle). Someone who's 4 or 5 might have a little more structure with things like art or music, but still not need any really "school" activities yet. My first grader only has about 30 minutes (or less) of school work per day. He's the type who really wanted books, workbooks, etc. early on. My younger one is the type who learns through play and watching his big brother.
Preschoolers should be learning whatever they'll need to know for kindergarten... how to use crayons and pencils (not eating them), and that sort of thing. You can start letter recognition with free sites like starfall.com or letteroftheweek.com. You can do counting through everyday activities like shopping, cooking, putting away toys, or whatever. Colors, shapes... that sort of thing.
If you plan to homeschool in the long run, what you teach is completely up to you. If you plan to use a public or private school for K-1st, you'll need to look at the state and/or school guidelines to see what they want kids to know before entering. Some schools do an entrance exam to determine if a child is ready for kindergarten and/or to place them in the right class. Some don't. I heard just yesterday about a school in MO that was rejecting kids up to age 7, because 7 is their compulsory age for school entrance. Entering K's had to know things like the alphabet already. When I was in school, all you needed to know was your own name!
My oldest didn't go to public school until K and my 4 year old won't, either (if she goes at all).
I just make sure they're able to read, write, do simple math, and have a basic understanding of time, holidays, and that sort of thing before starting K. Other than that, I just focus on their interests, find books at the library or videos online that are relevant to what we're talking about, incorporate their interests into crafts, point out real-life examples, play educational games, ask lots of questions, go for nature walks, and that sort of thing. My 4 year old recently asked for more, however, so we do *maybe* 30 minutes of structured learning whenever she asks (usually 3-4 times a week).
I think the most important thing is to just have fun.
Last edited by AmAnDaMo; February 9th, 2010 at 06:54 AM.