Homeschool Questions and Answers: Husband Demanding Preschool Curriculum

Q: My husband will agree to homeschooling our pre-K child, if and only if I use a curriculum that lays out what I should do each day. What should I use?

A. It seems your problem is bigger than what homeschool curriculum you should use. A child in preschool will play with others, listen to stories, and learn to recite number and letters. They will learn to share, to sit still, and to take care of their own personal needs. You do not need a curriculum for a preschooler any more than you need a curriculum for a 1 year old. The child will learn naturally. At most, a checklist can help you stay on track.

If your husband feels that you need a day by day curriculum for a pre-k child, then he probably has doubts about homeschooling altogether and you should address this before proceeding. At best, he is trying to recreate public school in the home which ill only create frustration for both the teaching parent (you) and the child.

However, if you and your spouse have agreed to a curriculum with 180 day of lessons, there are some choices you can look into. Alpha Omega publications has a preschool curriculum set for less than $120.00. There are numerous books you can purchase from Amazon.com that will provide you with tons of lessons like The Giant Encylopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6. Broderbund Dr. Seuss Preschool Explore program has over 250 preschool lessons. Also, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know along with the What Your Preschooler Needs to Know Activity book will give you enough preschool activities to last you the entire year. Another favorite homeschool program that you can use for your preschooler is Time4Learning, which consists mostly of online lesson delivered in cartoon form.

Whatever program you choose to homeschool your child, it is important that you make sure you and your husband are on the same page. You need to spend some time exploring methodologies and approaches to homeschooling, so your differences won’t grow into irreconcilable issues.