If you are considering teaching your preschooler at home, you may be feeling huge waves of enthusiasm or you might be deeply apprehensive. The thought of teaching preschool lessons can intimidate some of us.
However, I’m here to tell you that teaching your preschooler doesn’t have to be hard or take up lots of time.
In fact, this might surprise you, but you are already teaching your preschool-aged child. You’ve taught him how to walk and talk. You’ve taught him how to lie still while you change his diaper.
You’ve taught him how to roll a ball, ride a riding toy, and hundreds of other skills since he was born.
If you want to teach preschool at home, you most certainly can!
Why You Should Teach Preschool at Home
Our young children are like sponges. They are learning constantly, whether or not we are intentionally trying to teach them.
I remember when my boys were toddlers, their pediatrician would often say that he could tell I worked with them at home because of how they behaved. He said he could tell the difference between children whose parents paid attention to them and children who were left to their own devices for hours at a time.
Our kids crave our attention.
They want us to read to them, to roll a ball back and forth, and to help us with tasks around the house. Preschool-aged children will usually choose to be underfoot if we let them. They want us to include them in whatever we’re doing.
There are lots of reasons teaching your preschooler at home is beneficial:
1 – Gives you something constructive to do
The days are long and can drag on if we have nothing planned. Working with your child gives you something fun yet productive to do with a part of that time.
2 – Make memories
Teaching your preschooler helps you to be more intentional about including a variety of fun experiences throughout your day.
3 – Bond with your child
The more time you spend with your child, engaging with him, and making fun memories together, the stronger relationship you will build with him.
4 – Save money
Sending your child off to preschool is an expensive proposition. Even if you choose to purchase a preschool curriculum versus making one on your own, you will spend MUCH less money than the average preschool charges.
5 – Parental influence
Once you start sending your child away from home for hours at a time, your influence on him will lessen. He will be taught behavior and sometimes ideas that don’t agree with your family values. Keeping your child home during the preschool years allows you to teach him what you feel is right.
6 – Test drive homeschooling
If you’re considering homeschooling but aren’t sure you will be able to handle the responsibility, homeschooling during the preschool years is ideal. This gives you a chance to test your own resolve and see how much you enjoy teaching your child.
Some people say that it’s better not to teach our children until they are older, but I disagree. Our children are capable of learning so much. If we have fun with it and we don’t push them too hard, there’s nothing wrong with young children receiving some instruction from a loving parent.
How To Teach Preschool at Home and Have Fun Doing It
If you decide to teach your preschooler at home, you shouldn’t feel compelled to try to duplicate the experience he would have if he were in a school environment. One of the huge benefits of teaching at home is that your child can tackle concepts when he is ready versus being told to learn things just because it is expected at that age.
Preschool lessons at home should be fun!
Don’t make your child sit at a desk or table with a pencil in his hand for long periods of time. It’s good to do some fine motor and other pre-writing activities, but keep the lessons short. Once your child loses interest, allow him to venture off to do something else or to engage in some free play.
Set up lessons in such a way that your child is able to use all of his or her senses. Tasting different types of fruit is as valuable of a learning experience as listening to you read aloud. Expose your child to different types of music.
Talk to him about the pictures in beautiful books. Take him to a local petting zoo or farm. Build a snowman together. Let him help you make lunch.
Allow him to run, jump, play make-believe, and explore the world around him.
What To Teach Your Preschooler
So, you’ve decided to teach your preschooler at home. What activities should you be doing with your child?
Some people go out and buy a workbook filled with worksheets and have their preschool child sit down and fill out a few of them every day.
I don’t advocate that approach.
Our goal should always be to help our children develop a love for learning. While some kids may tolerate worksheets, most of them enjoy learning much more in other ways, especially in the early years.
Here are some things you should focus on with your preschooler:
- Life Skills/Chores
- Work on Fine Motor Skills, which are good for improving handwriting down the road
- Work on Gross Motor Skills, which are good for coordination and balance
- Basic Educational Lessons:
- Read aloud lots of books
- Sensory activities which allow them to use all of their senses. Sensory bins for touch. Smelling spices. Tasting different foods.
- Crafts, which allow your child to develop creativity and fine motor skills
- Educational toys
- Lots of exploration. Science is learning by observing, so allow your child to go out and explore the world. Look at bugs. Collect leaves. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds pass by.
- Enjoy art and music with your child
- Expose your child to lots of different experiences
- Talk to him
- Spend time with him
- Do things with him that he enjoys doing such as rolling a ball, playing with dinosaurs, or running through the sprinkler.
- Character Lessons, such as learning to obey right away and with a smile, sharing, playing with others, and being kind
When I first started teaching preschool at home, I would spend hours pulling together lessons from Pinterest and from other places on the Internet to try to come up with different activities for us to enjoy together.
I soon found that doing this research actually took much longer than actually teaching the lessons. If you want to teach your preschooler at home but don’t want to spend hours doing lesson planning each week, I recommend you purchase a pre-made preschool curriculum.
If you’re looking for something which is filled with fun, hands-on lessons then I invite you to try out my Learn and Grow preschool curriculum. The activities are perfect for younger kids who enjoy learning by doing. Whatever you decide to use, a pre-made curriculum can save you hours of work each week.
As you can see, teaching preschool at home doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’ve ever wanted to try preschool with your kiddos, I highly recommend you go for it. The extra time and attention you spend with your child will reap a huge reward down the road.
Are you considering teaching your preschooler at home? Are you excited about the process, or are you apprehensive? Do you have any questions? Please leave a comment below.
2 thoughts on “How to Teach Preschool at Home and Have Fun Doing It”
I am a single mother raising a very quick study for a soon to be 4 year old sometimes I wonder if I am going to be able to give him everything he needs. I raised 2 older boys 24 and 21 and they dropped out of school I am determined this one is going to make it. I love your advice I am really scared that I will mess him up too.
First off, Dana, you didn’t mess your sons up. When our kids get to be a certain age, they are responsible for the decisions they make. You CAN give your son what he needs. However, it’s important that your son also has positive male influences in his life. If his father can’t or doesn’t fit in that role, I would recommend looking for mentors for him, either from your family or your church. Us moms can love our boys but we can’t show them how to be a man. And since most lessons are caught and not taught, that would be my biggest piece of advice for you. Big hugs and I just want to encourage you that you can do this! 🙂