Homeschooling the Early Years
Reasons to Homeschool for Preschool, Whether or Not You Continue to Homeschool:
- You can give your child the individual attention and custom program that best suits their needs.
- Many preschoolers are not ready to separate easily and preschooling at home can give your child the time they need before separating.
- Removes the artificial deadline for potty training or the need to adjust nap times to accommodate school requirements.
- Preschoolers are fun and portable, so you can take them on many interesting field trips in your community.
- Spending time together preserves and strengthens the family bond formed in babyhood.
- You can delight in being with your child to witness and be a part of their discoveries.
- Don’t spend money until you have done a lot of reading. Read books and magazines and browse Web sites.
- Relax: there are no educational emergencies.
- It can be helpful to find other parents who are preschooling at home. See Virginia Homeschool Groups to find a group near you.
- Do the things you’ve always wanted to do and teach the kids as you go.
- Evaluate your method regularly and make adjustments as you see fit.
- Realize you’ll have some ups and downs—they are part of the process.
- Choosing to homeschool your child can be scary, but remember, putting them in school is no guarantee either.
Enchanted Learning: Craft ideas, “make-your-own” coloring books (animals, plants, foreign language words, etc.)
“Toddler at Home” from A to Z Home’s Cool: Reviewed links in categories such as Activities, Advice, Online, Resources. Also includes these methods: Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Unschooling, and Waldorf.
– How Do I Start Homeschooling My Preschooler by Susan McGohn
– Homeschool Preschool by Marjorie Cole
– What Should a 4-Year-Old Know? by Alicia Bayer
– Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling Young Children by Linda Dobson
This information is provided as a courtesy of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. It is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, contact a licensed attorney.
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