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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