As more and more children are being homeschooled due to COVID-19, families are starting to see the benefits it provides their children. Homeschooling a child is an enriching experience for both the parents and the child. When I first started implementing the preschool curriculum, I had no idea what I was doing. Thankfully, as the months went by I learned a few new things along the way to help make my son’s preschool experience better!
First off, it was never my intent to homeschool. But as my son became two and was developmentally delayed, then recently diagnosed with autism at almost 4 years old, I had to start doing something to catch him up. Now, for the past year, I’ve been including preschool lessons geared toward my son’s developmental needs. Here are some things I wish I knew before I started homeschooling!
You Don’t Have To Know It All
Many parents are under the assumption that they are “under-qualified” to homeschool their children. However, you don’t need to possess a certificate of any kind or a teaching degree. Even if you are unaware of what to teach your child or how to organize a homeschool schedule, you will learn quickly!
That’s because you don’t need a teaching degree for homeschooling. All you need is resources! Online homeschooling resources are by far my best ally for teaching my preschooler. You don’t need to know the answer to every question in the world to educate your child. You simply need to be willing to learn new things about homeschooling as your child learns new things each day.
Here are some online resources to help get you started homeschooling your preschooler:
Teachers Pay Teachers- Full of activity worksheets for every grade level and special needs children as well
Time 4 Learning- Homeschool curriculum with online preschool lessons and printable lesson plans
Speech Blubs App- An app for speech and language development. It’s especially helpful for children experiencing a speech delay
Playtime Is Part Of Homeschooling Curriculum
Play is an essential component of a child’s development! It aids a child’s imagination, self-confidence, cognitive, and physical development. The unstructured or undirected play also teaches children resiliency to be able to handle life’s future challenges.
But the play is an intricate part of a preschooler’s homeschooling curriculum because it allows your child to take a mental break away from structured learning activities. Just like children who have recess in public school, your child should have unstructured playtime to explore the world around him/her.
Children’s minds are like sponges. They soak up everything they see and hear. For children who are homeschooled, playtime is also a learning experience. You can turn any “recess” or unstructured playtime into a new learning experience because your child will learn from the environment they explore. For instance, a nature hike becomes a learning experience when your preschooler sees a praying mantis for the first time. This experience can then lead to newly learned facts about the praying mantis and other insects.
Online education is considered to be one of the essential fields that are possible to develop in the online sector, constantly getting the best benefits. Currently, various teachers and education providers trust different platforms to find education jobs to work from home. One of these platforms is Uteach- a website builder for teachers and any kind of education provider.
The idea of Uteach is to take knowledge to new heights, share, and earn. This portal allows us to create a website, where we may attract and gather potential learners. There are also opportunities to offer video courses, conduct live lessons, run a blog, organize quizzes and exams, give certificates, and many more features. The most fantastic thing about this portal is that you get tech support. Their specialists are always there to help you in case of any difficulty or question.
Micromanage means that you try to control every aspect of your child’s school day. You can micromanage time, subjects, and even your child’s behavior. But when you work with children, it’s not possible to micromanage every aspect of your child’s day. Children change each day. Especially their attitude toward school activities and learning as a whole.
The best advice I can give any new homeschooling mom is to prepare a “rough” schedule for the day, then be prepared to change that schedule. That’s the beauty of homeschooling your child, you have plenty of flexibility to move activities around. While you may have planned for your child to complete a sensory bin activity at 10 am, your child refused to eat breakfast and woke up in a terrible mood.
Instead of making your child complete the sensory bin activity at 10 am, hold off on it until after lunch. This allows your child to eat a good meal and hopefully put him/her in a better mood that’s ready to learn new things. Micromanaging your child’s homeschooling schedule will only be met with resentment. One of the best things about homeschooling is the ability to make new learning activities as fun as possible.
Homeschooling children is not easy! But with the right resources, imagination, and a lot of patience, you will begin to see your child’s development flourish. Sometimes the best way to approach homeschooling is to learn as you go. That way you can customize the homeschooling curriculum and schedule to fit you and your child’s needs.
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