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How to Start Homepreschooling (Homeschool Preschool) in Six Simple Steps

Posted by homeschoolmentormom on March 25, 2010


           How do you start homepreschooling?  Are there any specific things you need to do to start your homeschool preschool?  Here is a simple list to help you get started:

 1.  Pray.  Pray about your decision, and ask the Lord to give you the wisdom and patience you will need.  Also ask Him to give you His vision for your homepreschool.  What should your goals be?  What does He want you to teach your children this year—and how should you teach it? (See tab, “Homepreschool Goals”.)

 2.  Write down your goals and the vision the Lord gives you, and then don’t be afraid to step out in faith and go for it!

 3.  Contact your local Christian homeschool support group and join it now.  (Be sure to ask them if they offer meetings for newbies, or mentors for new homeschoolers.)  This will give you a chance to make like-minded friends for yourself and your children; participate in park days, field trips, etc, and it gives you the opportunity to glean ideas about parenting, curriculums and methods so that by the time you are ready to “officially” begin homeschooling (which I hope you will!) you will be informed and prepared.  The best place to find your group is Home School Legal Defense’s website.  Click on your state to find the group closest to you.  You can also Google your city/state and the words, “Christian Homeschool Support Groups”, or your state’s name plus the words, “Considering Homeschooling groups” or “Smoothing the Way Groups.” Both these groups offer mentors and meetings to help you get started/to help you during your first year of homeschooling.  

4.  Set up a simple daily routine (see “Routine” tab.) Remember, it doesn’t have to be timed to the minute; just a simple schedule of “what comes next” will suffice.

 5.  Decide on your preschool “units” (see my posts about unit studies, especially THIS one, which lists suggested units.)

 6.  Gather your materials:  For the very basics, I’d start with four things:  1)  Classic picture books/books related to your units (see the archived posts on “book lists”, especially THIS one);   2)  art supplies;  3) classic toys (such as blocks, pattern blocks, props for dramatic play, puzzles, and so on,)  and 4) my book, which has chapters covering all the things your preschooler needs to learn, how ot choose quality toys, learning games to make/buy, and chapters to help you make the transition to Kindergarten. (See tab, “My Book.”)

         Remember, preschoolers learn differently than older children do.  They don’t need workbooks or flashcards; they need a simple daily routine; they need to be talked to, read to, and sung to; they need art and music experiences; they need real life experiences, and they need lots of free time to play.

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3 Responses to “How to Start Homepreschooling (Homeschool Preschool) in Six Simple Steps”

  1. Silvia said

    I agree with you in everything, from the routine to the art supplies (good ones), and I love our visits to the library, our play and park days with our group friends or alone…I’ll miss these days.

  2. Silvia said

    Susan, I finally received your book yesterday night. I started reading it and I’m very PLEASANTLY SURPRISED at how lovely, from the heart and with clarity of mind you write. Thanks for dedicating the book, I didn’t ask but you ‘knew’ I of course wanted to have it signed by you.
    I know you don’t require anything, but I’d GLADLY post about your book when I finish it. This is going to be such a wonderful resource and reference book for me and for our preschool group in my hs group. I’m going to share with other mothers your wisdom. I feel that call to help young mothers I come in contact with, and many come close.

    I also read your comment in the RB group and I totally sympathize with you and the others. It’s strange, but even a mom of such young kids as me, who has not even started hs’ing, can feel ‘burned out’ and out of gas.

    It’s not so much the ‘curriculum’, things we do…I know those, we do great, it’s the everyday life things as you say that get intense and make us weary. And I agree with those ways to bounce back. Reading His Word and being closer to God is of much help, and all the other ideas you suggest.

    Good luck in your way to find your balance back and regain a good measure of energy, health, and drive for your homeschooling home.

    Much love,
    s

    • Silvia,
      As usual, you are a sweetie. Glad you are enjoying the book! I wanted it to be as “complete” as possible.
      Yes, you are wise to see it already…I think more moms stop homeschooling because of life, general stress, the housework, the laundry, the aftermath of a car accident (which is what has made me feel overwhelmed)…than stop because of problems with teaching or curriculum. Praise the Lord homeschooling gives us the flexibility we need to recover, pick ourselves back up, and keep going! I’m looking forward to spring break (if I don’t have Jury Duty!) so that we can get caught up on the laundry and cleaning, and get some extra rest! We are hanging in there–it’s just another season of life that will pass eventually.
      If you feel out of gas, be sure to take a spring break! Get in the Word! Little ones are a lot of work, and if we don’t take care of ourselves, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
      Hugs,
      Susan

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