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Homeschooling your preschooler provides many benefits that can make your relationship stronger and more intimate. A strong foundation for the future is built during the preschool years, and an investment in the future is an investment in the well-being of your family.
That said, homeschooling can be a lot of work, especially if you have a lot to teach and you lack the right homeschooling resources or if you have a very young child. Fortunately, you can keep it fun by taking advantage of these seven tips:
If you are teaching a subject that does not interest your child, try making it fun for them. For example, if they are learning shapes, try having a shape party at home. Play shape games, give a prize to the winner and have a fun shape sandwich for lunch. If you are teaching a subject that does interest them, schedule extra time to explore the topic further.
If you are teaching a subject that your child has little interest in, try using exciting or humorous books that captivate your child's attention. For example, if your child is learning how to write their name, read them a book about a child who wrote their name. Reading a book that is similar to the subject you are teaching helps you discuss your topic and makes learning more enjoyable.
Not every lesson will be fun and creative. But you can add fun and creativity to math, science, and geography by doing math with music, science with art, and geography with crafts. You can buy math games, science kits, and other types of science topics for preschoolers at your local store. You can even create your science activities with fun ingredients kids love, such as playdough and shaving cream.
Hands-on activities are a great way to teach kids because they are more fun and guide them through their sense of touch. Try using real objects as part of your learning. For example, if you are teaching spelling, have a necklace to add to your spelling class. Have a collection of books your child can look through or a shelf to put their favorite books on. Make sure that whatever you use is clean, sturdy, and age-appropriate.
Some kids rebel against being taught at home, especially when they are already in public school. To keep your child on track, make sure that you are consistent in handling learning at home. For example, if you have a morning routine, try to stick to it every morning. If you have specific rules, try to keep them. If you have materials available, keep them available when doing school. If you can't keep things consistent, your child will learn to be inconsistent.
There will be days when you will run out of time, or your child won't be in the mood to learn. As long as your child is learning, it is okay to be flexible. Don't worry if you have a bad day while homeschooling your preschooler because one bad day doesn't make a bad week. The important thing is to keep learning.
Keeping a journal is an easy way to record what you have taught daily. It will also help you see what topics you need to help your preschooler with again. You can also record your child's activities after school, how you think they are progressing, and what you need to help them.
There are many benefits to homeschooling your preschooler. The lessons you teach them can improve your relationship and make it meaningful. They can also form the basis for education in the future. Just as long as you approach it with the right attitude and strategies and you have the right homeschooling resources, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t succeed with homeschooling your preschooler.
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