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10 Do's and Don't for Preschool Homeschooling
February 09, 2016
10 Do's and Don'ts for Preschool Homeschooling
The most important thing parents of little children need to do is to learn to RELAX and to TRUST that your child is naturally curious and WILL WANT TO LEARN about the world and WILL WANT TO LEARN SKILLS like reading, writing and maths in his/her own time.
All you need to do is create a stimulating environment, read to your kids daily and help them to learn IF they need your help – they may not!
Education is not a race. They are never behind. They are just where they are on their unique learning path, so don’t compare your family with others. Do your homework and keep learning more about how children learn and about how YOUR children learn.
All of the above do's and don't are explained more fully in my free gift to you this month - this webinar on Preschool Homeschooling
Fine motor skills
Let your child trace the outlines of a pair of shoes onto newspaper to make about 10 footprint shapes. Help him to cut these out to use in this week’s gross motor skills activity. Make sure you have both left and right feet and talk left and right (laterality).
Gross motor skills
Place the footprints you cut (in the fine motor skills activity) from newspaper on the floor and let your child walk on them. When she steps with her right foot, she must swing her left arm forward and turn her head to the right and vice versa. Vary the distance between the footsteps to make it more fun!
If you don’t have a loose mat in your home, use a piece of wool to create a large rectangle shape on the floor. Your child must first walk along the edges of
the shape and then crawl around the shape. Encourage her to make sharp turns at the corners of the rectangle. Ask her to jump from side to side over the rectangle. Talk about the two long sides and the two short sides. Both of you (or two children) lie down on the floor together and use your bodies to create a rectangle shape.
Choose five objects from around the house that will each make a different sound when dropped onto a hard surface like a counter or table top e.g. a teaspoon, a wooden block, a plastic cup, a book, a pair of scissors. Show them to your child and then let her turn her back towards you and listen carefully as you drop each item in turn. She must try and tell you which item was dropped after each time.
Language and thinking
Look around your home and ask your child to name as many things as he can see that are:
Made of wood
Made of fabric
Made to use
Made to store things
Can be eaten etc.
Continue your habit of reading a Bible story each day. Start teaching your child to memorize short verses of Scripture.
Matthew 19:14 - Jesus said: "Let the little children come to me."
Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another.
Ephesians 6:1a - Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.
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