This is how I homeschool my preschool child. In this video, I share more ideas. However, the goal for preschool is to build your child up with good character and good values.
I love those moms who do fun activities with their preschoolers. Make-it Mondays, Taste-it Tuesdays, Weird-thing Wednesdays. However, I’m not one of those moms. In my life of pregnancies, postpartum, babies, household and homestead duties, and everyday life of caring for five children, I haven’t “taught” preschool at home since my first child, when I had a daycare of 12 kids ages 4 and under.
If you peek into our home on an any day now, you won’t find my preschooler doing circle time or exploring with perfect put together themed sensory bins, or me going through worksheets with her.
You’ll probably see her running around in a paint covered outfit with marker on her face and arms. You’ll see her helping mom cook, playing floor is lava, and drawing pictures. You’ll see her taking care of her insane amount of babies and also driving her older brother absolutely bonkers. You’ll see her screaming at the top of her lungs because she is so emotional about EVERYTHING.
And yet, she knows her ABC’s and can write a few letters. She knows more sign language than most adults and can count to 20. She can do all of these things without ever being “taught.” However, she probably cannot stand in line or raise her hand to ask a question.
Somehow, with just a normal mom trying her best to raise good humans, she will learn basic preschool stuff she needs to learn.
Focus on character building. Focus on play. Focus on memories.
Still aren’t convinced that’s enough preschool?
You don’t have to use worksheets to teach shapes or colors, counting, or even adding. Every preschooler knows if they get the smallest cookie or if they get less fruit snacks than their brother. They want the red circle cookie with white dots, not the blue triangle cookie with green dots.
Instead of circle time (which I used to do), you are using the “day” words in your conversations. On Friday, you get to go to Grandma’s. That’s tomorrow. When they get to Grandma’s, Gandma will probably ask, what did you do yesterday.
Are you really encouraging creativity when you cut out pieces for your preschooler to glue onto specific areas? Nope. Have the art supplies out and see what they come up with. If you are lucky, maybe they will make you something.
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I think by now that you get my point. You can set your fear aside that your child won’t be ready for kindergarten, because if you are reading this blog post, you care enough for your preschooler that they will be okay. You can set your guilt aside for not doing “enough” because you are doing more than enough with everyday life.