Although many parents feel overwhelmed at the thought of teaching their own children, homeschooling preschoolers is as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you read to your child daily, teach basic math concepts like grouping and counting, and plan simple activities that build fine and gross motor skills, your child will know everything he or she needs to be ready for kindergarten. Here are some guidelines for teaching preschool reading, math, writing.
Preschool Math – In order to be ready for kindergarten, your preschooler should know how to count to 10, identify colors and shapes, identify numbers through 10, group items by shape or color, use mathematical words that describe distance and size, and complete patterns.
Preschool Writing – Get your child ready to write by using activities that strengthen fine motor skills. Teach your child to hold crayons and scissors correctly, trace lines, cut and paste, draw basic shapes, and write his or her name.
Preschool Reading – To be ready to read, your child needs to know how to hold books correctly, listen to stories, tell familiar stories, make rhymes and identify some letters and their sounds.
In addition to the above, your child should know his or her full name, parents’ names, address and telephone number. You will also want to make sure your preschooler is mature enough to dress himself, use the bathroom by himself, obey the adult in charge, and interact well with peers.
When homeschooling preschoolers, make sure you stay on your child’s level by moving forward or slowing down as needed. Put away the curriculum if it becomes frustrating or overwhelming, and let your child learn by helping you with chores, errands and other responsibilities.
Make time to talk to your child and answer questions thoroughly and patiently. You don’t need a degree to successfully homeschool preschool. All you need is a few good books, time and a lot of love!