I have some exciting news…I’ve decided to write an ebook! It will cover how to successfully homeschool your preschooler. I’ve started writing this already, but I want to share some of it with you and hear your thoughts on this topic. This will be a series of posts before I finish the ebook, since there is a lot of content to cover! I’m very excited about writing my first ebook!
First of all, what is preschool? Preschool is basically preparing kids for kindergarten. Preschoolers learn about the world through play. They spend time working with classmates and developing thoughts and language. They focus on learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, writing, social skills, listening skills, and more. It’s a great time of developing and learning.
Why do we send kids to preschool? We send kids to preschool to teach them kindergarten readiness.
I believe early childhood education is very important. Did you know that brain development is highest in the first four years of a child’s life? You may be wondering why am I writing an ebook on homeschooling your preschooler. While searching around, I haven’t found very many resources for parents to homeschool their preschooler. I want to help those who are interested in teaching their own children.
Here are my top 3 reasons why I’m choosing to homeschool our boys, instead of sending them to a public or private preschool.
1. I get to be the biggest influence in their life! I know, it sounds a bit selfish, but I love the time I have with my little ones. Spending time with them daily will greatly influence them. Yes, it would be nice to have a break and send them off, but I want to be their greatest influence. They also get to spend time at home bonding with their siblings.
2. I can teach my children at their level. If they need more challenging activities, I can adapt their lessons to do that. I would love to send them to a Montessori preschool, but they are very expensive and you need to be on a waiting list for quite some time. So the lessons I plan will be Montessori inspired.
3. We can save money, since preschool can be costly. Most preschool fees are comparable to the high prices charged by daycare centers. According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, the average costs range from $372-$1,100 per month! I checked the rates in my hometown. From what I saw, it ranged from $90-$800 per month. Usually preschool programs are 2-3 days per week for around 3 hours a day.
According to Fox News, less than 30% of 4 year olds are enrolled in a “high quality” preschool program. According to this article, President Obama says that most middle-class parents can’t afford few hundred dollars a week for private preschool and that poor children don’t have access to going to preschool. There are Head Start programs for those who qualify, but numbers are limited and they fill up quickly. The President’s agenda is to provide free, high-quality preschool to every child.
I’m sure some of you are thinking this question: Will my child be unsocialized and weird? My answer is no. The issue of helping your child with social skills will always be a question for homeschoolers. In my opinion, you need to involve your children in activities. Kindermusic, play groups, homeschool coops, sports, library time, church programs are great options. There are lots of ways to give your child opportunities to interact with peers. Oh and there are weird, unsocialized kiddos in private and public schools, too! 🙂
I don’t think homeschooling is for everyone. It’s a personal decision. Some mothers need to work and I totally understand and respect that. Some mothers really don’t feel equipped to teach their children. I think every parent CAN teach their child and that is why I’m starting this ebook. I know some people can’t afford preschool, and I want to help you and give you the tools and resources you need to become a successful teacher for your child, starting with preschool. So in this blog series and ebook, I am going to show you how to homeschool your preschooler and show you a plan to teach alphabet, math, writing, language, literacy, physical development, arts, and social skills. I can’t wait to dive in and show you more!
Now I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts? Have you or will you send your child to preschool? Why do you think preschool is important? Will you homeschool your preschooler? Are you excited to read my ebook?!?! Thanks for reading along and leave me a comment with your thoughts!