Many parents believe sending their children to preschool is necessary for children’s growth and development. There are also working parents who place their children in preschool out of necessity, but if sending your child to preschool is not for you, you can teach preschool at home.
Teach Preschool at Home: ABCs
Teaching your child his ABCs is simple and you can buy books at your local thrift store or dollar store. There are also websites like Brightly Beaming and Starfall that have free resources.
Starfall not only includes reading material, but also includes audio, so your child can learn the phonetic sound of letters. This will help him learn to read faster, although reading is not a priority during the preschool years-but fun learning experiences are.
Teach Preschool at Home: Colors
Colors can be taught via a workbook, or you can draw shapes, color them in, and teach colors by pointing to the filled in square, circle, oval or rectangle. It’s also good to compare these colors to other colors, so your child gets the idea, i.e., pointing out the red square, the red block, the red sweater, and the red car.
Teach Preschool at Home: Numbers
Manipulatives can be used for counting. You can buy them or use pennies, buttons, or blocks. Be sure to put them up when not using them and carefully supervise, as small objects can be swallowed by preschoolers. Math skills can also be taught when setting the table by counting forks, plates, spoons, and cups.
Teach Preschool at Home: Arts and Crafts
There are numerous books and websites for arts and crafts. You can choose themed craft projects revolving around holidays like New Year’s, Christmas, Independence Day, or Memorial Day.
Teach Preschool at Home: Social Skills
You can socialize your child at home by teaching her to say please, to say thank you, to wait her turn, and to help you with the younger children. Social experiences can be obtained on the playground, at Mommy and Me classes, or inexpensive, and sometimes free, classes and programs for preschoolers via your park district or local library. These classes require a parent to be present with the child.
If you want to send your child to preschool you can, but know that it isn’t mandatory, and you can teach preschool at home. After all, you are your child’s first, best, and most loving teacher.
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