Preschool at Home

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A quality preschool is expensive, but extremely beneficial to a child. Unfortunately, even with the government paying for a set number of preschool hours every week, many families find themselves unable to take advantage of the program or simply preferring to offer their child preschool instruction at home. If this is the case in your home, creating a preschool in your home is a very viable option.

Preschool Curriculum

You can immediately distinguish a quality preschool from a poor preschool, or a childcare center disguised as a preschool, by asking about curriculum. A preschool has curriculum just as a primary school would. These are the areas that will be covered during the year and the formal curriculum is arranged according to subjects, developmental areas and skill building.

To establish a mini-preschool in your own home, you’ll want to obtain the same standard of curriculum used in the higher quality programs. You can buy curriculum packets and books with various pages of coloring and assignments at teacher supply stores. You might also gather books to give you ideas regarding art and science projects as these are large portions of many preschool classes as well.

Preschool Basics

A child goes to preschool for many reasons, not all of which are academic. In preschool, your child will learn skills including:

  • Time and calendars
  • Colors and shapes
  • Letters and Numbers
  • Basic phonics
  • Writing skills
  • Reading skills
  • Numbers concepts
  • Science awareness and concepts
  • Social awareness
  • Orderly conduct
  • Systematic behavior
  • Peer interaction

These are taught throughout the weeks and months and at the end of preschool, most children can recognize letters and sounds and some are even reading on their own.

Academic areas will be covered in a curriculum. Worksheets you can remove from workbooks will give you a good idea how to teach writing skills and math basics. Science labs and observations will entertain your child and help make him aware of the world around him, and working in your community can also help him learn social awareness.

The areas you’ll be challenged to replicate at home are the classroom procedures and peer interaction. Learning to function in a classroom is a very big part of preschool. Sitting on the rug for story time and then moving from center to center is very much a real fundamental. Walking in line and waiting for a turn at the water fountain can be a huge lesson to learn as well.

Peers

The largest lesson learned for preschoolers is how to interact and work with peers. Toddlers enjoy playing in the company of other children, but preschoolers thrive on it. They love to interact together and create imaginary situations. They must also learn to share and to handle themselves appropriately when frustrated or excited in a classroom. Teaching your child at home does not leave much room for social interaction of this sort. You can work with other parents to establish a formal playgroup that might help with some aspects of socialization, but until your child is in a formal classroom, it’s likely he won’t have a full opportunity to develop these critical skills.

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