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Homeschooling Preschool: Getting Started

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Before Starting:

I’m a planner.  Sometimes that’s a good thing, but sometimes I need to learn to not get so caught up in the planning. I’ve spent the summer trying to plan for homeschooling preschool this fall. And while planning is a good thing, I think I was trying to over-analyze it.
So here’s what I’ve come up with.
We will start homeschooling preschool using this book:

We’ll use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons every day for the suggested 15-20 minutes. They suggest teaching a lesson every day because the concepts are so new that young children quickly forget them, so that’s why I’ll go ahead and teach it every day. It’s a very interesting curriculum, in that it teaches reading by sounds instead of by letter names. After looking into it and having it recommended to me, it sounds like a good way to introduce reading.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we will be doing Confessions of a Homeschooler curriculum, following the same letter order as in Teaching Your Child to Read.  Confessions of a Homeschooler is a lot more than just reading, so I think the two curriculums will complement each other well, but I’m trying to stay flexible and be willing to change things up depending on how Miss Magoo is doing.

Two Weeks In:

So, it turns out it’s good that I was planning to try and stay flexible!
Things haven’t gone exactly as I had planned. There have been days that I was up all night with Baby Girl and just didn’t feel like teaching Miss Magoo. So I have to be honest and admit that things haven’t gone perfectly and exactly on schedule.
However, I feel like things are going well, and I’m impressed by Miss Magoo’s progress.
Miss Magoo has a voracious appetite for learning, which is really awesome! Sometimes it can be rough, since she wants me to teach her all day. And as she learns to count higher and higher, I have to wait while she counts every cheerio in her bowl, despite the fact that we’re running late!
She is already counting to 29 very well, she just wants to keep going with 20-10 and 20-11.

The Curriculum:

At first, working with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was turning out to not be very easy. Because Miss Magoo already knew the names of all of her letters, she just couldn’t understand why I was asking her to stop calling them by name, and instead call them by sounds. Like, why couldn’t she say “em” and instead she had to say “mmmm.” So that presented a few problems for the first week.
There is also a section in some of the lessons about rhyming. Miss Magoo rhymes very well, but the way they do it just isn’t clicking for her. They give a sound and something we’re rhyming with. The child is supposed to put the two together. For instance, there will be an M on the page, and we’re rhyming with “at.” So Miss Magoo is supposed to say, “Mmmmat. Mat.” For whatever reason, I just can’t seem to get her to do it, despite continually modeling the correct way to do it. However, I’m just persevering in the hopes that at some point it will click.
The awesome part is that 12 lessons in, Miss Magoo is reading short words! Today she read am, ram, see, rat, eat, seat, sam, me, and seed with minimal help from me and just a couple corrections. 
I’m also thrilled at her writing! While we’ve taught all of the letters by sight, I’ve never pushed writing. Each lesson in Teach Your Child to Read ends with writing practice. The first couple days, I was ready to pull my hair out. The writing just wasn’t looking anything like what I was showing her, and I felt like the problem was that I wasn’t communicating it well.  Today was the first day the S started looking like more than scribbling. And the E was really rough, but then at MOPS a last week, she just wrote one. So progress is being made.

As far as Confessions of a Homeschooler, the curriculum is pretty easy. It’s more crafts, matching, and easy tasks for Miss Magoo, but she enjoys them, so I use them as rewards for trying hard during Teach Your Child to Read.

Are you using a curriculum for teaching your preschooler? What kind of schedule are you keeping?

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Anne from Pintesting

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

When my second daughter was born, only 15 months after her sister, I knew that working outside the home wasn't going to be worth it economically so I started doing home daycare. I became licensed for up to 12 kids (to account for the before & after school kids) but usually had 6 during the day, including my own two. I decided that a homey atmosphere with a semi-structured day would work best with my group. I had a preschool curriculum that came monthly with crafts, lessons, and some supplies. Since I had been teaching my kids all along, it didn't seem like a stretch to keep going when they were ready for Kindergarten. I used a combination of curriculums, choosing the best of both, and even had daycare parents offering to pay me extra if I would homeschool their kids for Kindergarten, too. When they went to public school for 1st grade (their father's choice), they tested in at mid-2nd grade level. It worked well to have all the "school time" to be simultaneous (preschool and kindergarten) and even with the lessons, if we had a bout of illness or just a really off day then we would "skip school" and read stories or something that was also educational and fun. Both of my girls are college graduates working on their masters degrees and my oldest just turned 30 (How did THAT happen?). She still says I was her favorite teacher. <3

Jamie H

Friday 28th of April 2017

Thanks so much for your encouraging story! I hope my kids will be grateful for the time I spent teaching them!

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