Homeschool Preschool Tips

by Terri
(Texas)

Check out some helpful homeschooling preschool tips from our friend Terri...


Preschoolers soak up information like a sponge, but sometimes our focus has to be on the older child(ren) and then preschoolers can also be a huge distraction to their siblings.

If you plan ahead you can minimize the distractions and help everyone to be more productive.

- Have "school toys" that only come out on school days. These will keep the preschoolers attention longer than something they have access to every day.

- Do a structured lesson with the preschooler first, before the big kid's school time so they don't feel they have to get your attention (so much)

- Make available a few self directed centers (like from a preschool; things they can do on their own and should not need your assistance.

Examples: bin of rice or cornmeal on a vinyl tablcloth on the kitchen floor with spoons and measuring cups, Crayola Wonder Marker coloring book with markers, stories on tape/CD with reading books (this can be stories you read and record; does not have to be store bought) or even a video recording of you reading story books and they can look at the book along with you)

- Have "school" activities for the preschooler that coordinate with the older kids.

Older sibling doing English/grammar? Have the preschooler watch the LeapFrog Letter Factor DVD.

Older child doing history? Have a coloring page for the younger one on the same subject to keep them engaged.

- If there are at least 2 older siblings, schedule in to your day "home ec" or "student teacher time" and assign different kids to occupy the preschooler so you can focus on a single older child at the same time.

The key point is keeping them engaged so that they learn along with the older ones instead of getting bored and becoming a distraction.

Terri Wilson
Hands on Homeschooling

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Homeschooling Preschool Math Fun

by Beth/ Mom2TwoVikings
(SW Michigan)

Practicing Number Identification via the Family Walk.

In the warmer times of the year, our family often takes a walk after dinner.

Living in a typical residential suburb, we pass 10-20 houses per block! We've gotten in the habit of asking our four yr old to tell us the numbers in the addresses on the houses we pass.

Since the numbers are "random", there's several examples of 0-9 yet enough repetition to get in A LOT of practice before she loses interest.

I've heard that if you have an older child, have them "add up" the address for quick, single-digit mental math. For example, 1642 Elm Street becomes the sum of "13".

Thanks for the easy and fun homeschooling preschool tips, Beth! Blessings, Heather :)

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homeschool preschool math
by: ashley

Use beads or small toys to help the child feel better counting. Also, use the cartoon characters the child is most conformable with, find math flash cards (and even phonics cards) and say, "Cinderella says 2+2=4". I have found it helps.

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Homeschool Preschool Family Math:
Drive Time Creative Counting

by Louisa
(Kennesaw, GA)

Homeschool Preschool Counting Fun!

Homeschool Preschool Counting Fun!

Our six children (ranging in age from 3-13) like to be creative in coming up with their own ideas to keep themselves busy while driving around.

Our eight year old came up with the idea to count the number of motorcycles she sees. It simply started with: "Mommy, I am going to count motorcycles until I reach 100!"

She got to 50, then 70, then 100 quite quickly - so, she decided to keep going.

Now, she has everyone in the car (5 siblings, friends and me) searching and scouring the lanes of traffic and sides of the road to be the first to spy a motorcycle.

Our three year old is also in on the action!

Now, they've made it more creative and have broken it down to how many blue ones they see and how many red ones are spotted and the ratio of men to women.

We are surely getting quite the math lesson all while have a great time in the car and passing the time with friendly-competition together time.

Our six year old now wants his own 'thing' to count - so, he has begun "Counting the number of airplanes that he has seen in his lifetime!"

Not only are they having fun counting, they are very aware of the different sights and sounds around town.

I believe that if we, as adults, can slow down long enough during the day - we'd also find some 'thing' of our own to count!

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Homeschooling Preschool Character Building

by jljapple

Enjoy your homeschooling preschool adventure.

Enjoy your homeschooling preschool adventure.

My former preschoolers are now young men, and THE most important homeschooling preschool tips and advice I can give is two-fold:

1. Don't let your preschooler rule the house. YOU have the God-given authority.

If you whine, he'll whine. If you are sarcastic, he'll be sarcastic. Model respect and command respect, whether you are relating to your spouse in front of your child, or communicating with the child himself.

If you are exhausted and the child is demanding, invest that last bit of energy to determine what the child needs...a nap himself, a treat, a quiet activity (Keep a box of these for just such a time), etc.

Make it clear that you need some "alone" time and that he is NOT going to throw a tantrum about it. Get him settled, then invest time in resting yourself.

2. Be on the same page with your spouse about discipline, scheduling, etc.

If your spouse and you cannot come to agreement or one of you is undermining the other, seek marriage counseling NOW!!

A child has a free will, but if his parents model chaos rather than peace, respect, etc., you can expect chaos all your years of home education and a bumpy entry into young adulthood.

Love your children enough to do the relational work. It is more important than any academic subject you could ever teach!

If you discipline yourself to learn to play an instrument or a sport, you will be free to play to your heart's content.

If you discipline yourself to model good character and discipline, your children will develop good character as well. With discipline comes freedom and fun! And, you'll be less tired in the long run!

Best wishes for a great adventure with your family!

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How true!
by: Tanya

Thank you for this timely reminder! There is so much truth in your statement on character building. I have noticed in my younger children, they even need to learn to appreciate alone time and not to be entertained all the time. It does take some determination, but it pays in the long run.

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Create a Homeschool Preschool Co-Op with other Co-Ops

by Heather
(Texas City, TX)

We have several homeschool co-op activities going on where the age is usually five and up. However, there are many moms with younger ones, so we created Pre K & Friends.

Each mom takes turns either doing a simple craft, story, songs, or games each time we meet. That way the younger children can start having their learning time while the older siblings are having theirs.

The children like it a lot.

You just need to make sure the moms will take turns helping out. It is good to have at least two other moms helping you keep an eye on the younger ones.

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