Friday, February 12, 2010

Homeschooling Preschoolers

Those of us with Preschoolers out there know the struggles that can enter your heart as you decide if you should go ahead with this thing we call "Preschool at home." While pouring much of our attention into our older homeschooling children the little ones often get "left out of the mix." We look up from drilling the older ones on their spelling lists to see our younger children quietly playing on their own...again and we feel guilty.

So what do we do? We try to make things right by giving them worksheets, teaching them their letters and numbers, basically giving them "school" before many of them are ready. I know, I've done it, and regreted it!

So, what should we do for our little ones? If not "Preschool" at home then what?! Do we ban them to their rooms to spend their earliest years occupying themselves so that we can get on with our lessons?

Here is one thing that I believe might be of a help to us:

Homepreschool and Beyond by Susan Lemons

Mrs. Lemons has written a book that can really help to point us in the direction that our youngest children really need to be going. This book would be invaluable to mothers of Preschoolers who are wanting to give thier children the right kind of educational exposure for their age. Here is detailed decription of her book.

Attention, parents of preschoolers! Do you want to provide a quality education for your preschoolers at home? Are you thinking about homeschooling? Then Homepreschool and Beyond is for you! In this one book, you will learn:

-What preschoolers really need

-What preschoolers should be learning, and how to teach it to them

-What life experiences are important for your preschooler

-What “readiness” is, and why it is so important

Need ideas for discipline? Art, music, and play experiences? It’s in there.

Want to know how to decide if your child is ready for Kindergarten? Do you need help transitioning from preschool to Kindergarten? It’s in there, too.

Want to learn more about homeschooling–why families homeschool, how to get started, how to choose curriculum, and so on? Gotcha covered.

Homepreschooling and Beyond includes:

A Balanced approach; addresses the needs of the whole child–body, mind, and spirit

Faith-based: Emphasizes discipleship and character training

Includes a list of important spiritual goals

Developmentally Appropriate

Emphasis on learning through hands-on activities/play

Chapter-long list of classic picture books

Chapters on art, music, play, learning games, and more

More, taken from the Book’s Back Cover:

Many parents struggle to know what to teach their preschoolers. Some take a “hands-off” approach, providing little in the way of educational activities. Others emphasize early academics, drilling their youngsters on colors, numbers, and letters while overlooking play and other experiences that are vital for normal development.

Preschoolers thrive somewhere between these extremes. They need a balanced, faith-based, developmentally appropriate approach that emphasizes relationships, simple daily routines, readiness and reading aloud.

Homepreschooling and Beyond gives parents the knowledge they need to find “balance” for their family. Find out what young children need to know–and how to teach it. Gain the confidence you need to relax and enjoy those precious preschool years-and beyond.

Here is a complete chapter list:

Part 1: The Basics:

1. Homepreschool?

2. Teaching Through Parenting

3. Discipline

4. The Importance of Readiness

5. The Importance of Routine

Part 2: All About Books

6. Teaching Through Reading Aloud

7. Better Than Captain Underpants: Choosing Good Books

8. Book Lists: Preschool Through Grade School

Part 3: Skills

9. Family and LIfe Skills

10. Goals of Spiritual Development

11. Speech and Listening Skills

12. Cognition and Memory Skills

13. Pre-reading and Pre-Writing Skills

14. Early Math Skills

15. Physical Development

16. Learning Science

17. Social Studies

18. Music

19. Arts and Crafts

20. Holidays and Traditions

Part 4: Games and Play

21. The Power of Play

22. Playful Learning Activities

23. Learning Games

Part 5: Curriculum and Methods

24. Why I Flunked Kindergarten–and Why Your Child Doesn’t Have To

25. Choosing and Using Curriculum–First Grade and Up

26. Homeschooling Methods and Resources

27. Keeping Preschoolers Busy While Teaching Older Children

Appendix: recommended Resources; Making the Decision to Homeschool After Preschool. and more!

Interested yet? Just hop on over to Mrs. Lemon's
website to find out more. Don't wait!

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