Is Home Preschooling a Real Thing?Beth Anne Ballance
There is a new wave of toddler parenting – Home Preschooling.
I’m sure you’ve heard of home schooling, where parents become teachers and homes become classrooms. There are different ideas on how to home school, from religious to Montessori to none-schooling. There are different motivations for home schooling, from special needs to religion to parent schedules and maybe it just fits right for the family. Some folks view homeschooling negatively – religious “freaks” who shelter their children and don’t prepare them properly for the world. Others view it positively, as a way to cultivate and give attention to each individual child without the standardizing of the public system.
But home preschooling? That was a new one for me until this year.
There are books and blogs devoted to it, videos and discussions.
When I first heard about it, I was like “You know what they called that in 1985? Stay at home with your kid.”
To all the people I just pissed off – I’m sorry.
I guess it’s that my stay-at-home-momma was the one that taught me to read, taught me numbers and letters and shapes and she did it without labeling it. Without creating a schedule for it. It was simply what she did along with laundry and taking me to ballet class and kissing my knees when I scraped them.
I’m also aware that times are a’changing. I was the freak in kindergarten that could read and now it’s the norm. So maybe in the past there was no need for stay-at-home-moms to become teachers and now it’s part of the job description. Like, keep the kid safe and clean and oh yeah, become a structured teacher. That’s a pretty big load to haul there, mommas.
Heck, I pay a pretty penny to a center and now Harrison is officially in “preschool” rather than daycare and I’ve seen a drastic change in his curriculum, from free play and centers to writing and group discussions after reading.
One of my best friends Diana wrote an amazing post about home preschooling here. She also has a run-down of the best books for starting to home preschool here.
Is home preschooling something you will do? Or will you use a center/school/church?
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