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How to Preschool Your Child at Home

Nov10

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By Lindsay Ferrier of Suburban Turmoil

1. Keep up with the local kids calendars.

Chances are, you’ll find all kinds of inexpensive or free educational opportunities for preschoolers in your town. Right now, my 4-year-old is attending a free weekly art class, a $6 monthly science class at the zoo (which covers admission to the zoo for all of us after the class ends), and a free weekly preschool ballet class. It’s never been a better time to be a tightwad…
2. Invest in a good curriculum.
There are plenty of free preschool resources on the web, but if you want to save yourself some time and energy, put a little of the money you’re saving on preschool tuition into a reputable preschool curriculum. I’m using McRuffy (www.mcruffy.com) and my daughter and I both love it.
3. Don’t stress.
Children who enter kindergarten are expected to know their colors, their alphabet, and how to count to ten. That’s it. Remember that you’re trying to teach your preschooler that learning can be fun, not to qualify him for Mensa.

4. Remember that the library is your friend.

Many libraries let you request books online and pick them up a few days later at your local branch. The best thing you can do for your preschooler is read to her; use library books to supplement lessons and save you from reading Big Red Barn for the hundred-thousandth time.
5. Make any time school time.
Take an alphabet workbook to the park. Go over vowels in the bathtub. Use those lunchtime grapes to reinforce addition and subtraction. The more creative you are with lesson time, the more your child will enjoy learning new concepts.


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2 Responses to “How to Preschool Your Child at Home”

  1. Fairly Odd Mother Nov 12 at 9:48 pm Reply Reply

    I paid a fortune to send my oldest to preschool. My younger two haven’t gone at all. I’m amazed at how much the younger two have learned listening to stories, playing games and doing some fun workbooks or visiting a few websites (starfall is great). Throw in a few playdates and some group activities, and I’m convinced they aren’t missing a thing.

  2. Wendy Jan 04 at 11:56 pm Reply Reply

    I totally agree. I send my girls to preschool two mornings a week but just for the break ;P Everything they are “learning” they already know.

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