Make learning fun for your preschool, pre-kindergarten, or kindergarten child! Whatever teaching style you choose and whichever learning style your kiddo is predominate in, doing hands-on, fun, multi-sensory learning with breaks is key. You can successfully homeschool your children using formal curriculum or through a variety of early learning games, books, music, activities, and other learning resources.
At all ages, watch for those teachable moments and take advantage of spending a few minutes guiding them as they are curious about something every day!
Preschool is your energetic early learner!
Preschool starts in those toddler years, when they are soaking up everything like a sponge and trying to make sense of it. So, you will want to provide a variety of independent learning activities through educational toys and videos, as well as some short, routine one-on-one teaching time that includes reading aloud. Formal teaching should be limited to 15-20 minutes at a time, at the most, as your little one has a very short attention span, and it only has to be 3 days a week.
Some things to teach include:
- Writing their name
- Colors and Shapes
- Numbers and Counting
- Sorting and Matching
- Drawing while holding a crayon correctly
- Cutting with scissors following an outline
- Alphabet Letters
- Lacing and Sequencing
- Rhythm and rhyming
- Building blocks and puzzles
Pre-Kindergarten skills help your little learner prepare for more!
Your 4-5-year-old is growing in maturity and attention span, so you can add things to their school days like arts and crafts, doing things in a certain order, creating music, and other fun activities. You can also get printables or workbooks for them to color pages in, follow directions, and feel that sense of accomplishment. There are pre-made curriculum kits you can buy, or pick and choose curriculum to teach certain subjects like language arts, phonics and handwriting, math, art, science in nature, and more.
Continue to teach more on and provide time for:
- Polite manners and social skills
- Names of people, places, and things
- Identifying emotions and expressing them appropriately
- Resolving conflict peacefully
- Same and different
- Healthy eating
- Outdoor time
- Unstructured play
- Reading aloud
- Age-appropriate house chores
Kindergarteners continue to explore and develop skills!
In kindergarten, your child is developmentally ready to master tying their shoes, learn how to tell time and time concepts, understand money, begin to read, and more. They have a longer attention span, can listen and follow instructions better, and are still growing in social and critical thinking skills.
Now is a great time to introduce and use a formal curriculum, even if it is just for certain subjects! Some popular ones to consider are BJU Press, Master Books, Five-In-A-Row, My Fathers World, Progeny Press, Singapore Math, Christian Liberty Press, Classical Conversations, and Memoria Press.
Be sure to include unstructured playtime daily as children learn while they play, grow creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and just get to be a kid!
Most children are natural students eager to learn!
If your child is loving math, and the curriculum suggests only giving them one page a day, it is ok to let your student do a couple more. Or follow up with an interactive math Bingo or other game, make a recipe in the kitchen together, or let them practice their exciting new skill using a dry erase or chalk board.
There are many options for learning resources to get started homeschooling your child. Don’t get overwhelmed. Just take a look at some recommendations. Do a quick research of teaching and learning styles. Choose some basic reading, writing, and arithmetic resources.
And then have fun teaching and helping your student to love to learn!
I give some specific curriculum and learning tools suggestions in this related #HomeschoolLife video!
Enjoy your #HomeschoolLife!