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Teaching Preschool From Home: Can I (or Should I) Do It?

By Lori Garcia |

Last week I quit my job. It was a big old emotional decision; you can read all about it here.

Quitting my job was huge for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps the biggest reason of all is that I plan to take BooBoo out of preschool to provide a preschool education for him at home.  I’m a huge believer in the importance of preschool, but even a part-time preschool education suddenly seems out of reach without my second income.

This is really scary for me. BooBoo has been in daycare/preschool since infancy and this brave new world of mommy taking the educational reigns is uncharted territory.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, but so what? I earned that thing over 13 years ago and never once used it in my corporate employment. My son seems pretty smart so I think hope I can manage teaching him myself…but what if I suck at it?

I don’t like to suck at stuff. Especially important stuff.

Kindergarten will be here all too soon and I take his education really seriously. For those of you who chosen this route, how did it go? Do you have any resources to offer? Am I making a catastrophic mistake?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and resources!

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About Lori Garcia

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Teaching Preschool From Home: Can I (or Should I) Do It?

  1. Evonne says:

    When our son was 3, I quit my job and decided to do preschool at home. Many bookstores have workbooks and activity books for the preschool level. I tried to find some relating to my son’s interests (cars, trucks, dinosaurs, etc.) I set aside a block of time each day to work with my son and the books, as well as do an art project.

    I would use outings to reinforce what I was teaching him. The produce department at grocery stores is great for helping with colors and numbers. I also took advantage of our library’s story times.

    There are a ton of websites with printables, lesson plans, and ideas to help. You can Google homeschool and preschool. I can see what I can find if you need websites. Also, see if you can find out Kindergarten requirements so your son will be familiar with those skills.

    On the downside (at least in my experience), be prepared to explain that you have a degree in child development. I received quite a few disapproving looks, but that would change when I explained I have a degree in elementary education.

  2. By Word of Mouth Musings says:

    There are unlimited resources out there – you will never look back and you will never wish you had done it another way! In fact, you may keep him home forever ;)
    Highly recommend Five in A Row for you.
    We will chat!!!

  3. Betsy at Zen Mama says:

    You’ll do fine with the teaching stuff! It’s the social part of preschool that you want to keep up with. These days there is so much out there for homeschooled kids so that won’t be a problem. I know our rec center offers all the “specials” like music and gym so they can be with other homeschooled kids for the social part.

    These are three of my favorite sites: http://www.teachpreschool.org/, http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/ and http://livingmontessorinow.com. We get lots of ideas from this site for our preschool.

  4. Lydia Collins @Imperfectbird.tumblr.com says:

    I “home-preschool” my 4 yr old and I don’t regret it one bit! I definitely believe in the benefits of early childhood education, but I absolutely DO NOT agree that it can only happen in a classroom! If anything, I think a home setting can be the perfect place for your child to be nurtured and grow.
    I highly recommend the website schoolsparks.com There is a TON of free worksheets you can print, and they are the best quality I’ve found on the internet as far as free stuff goes. The creator of the website is a former preschool teacher and she also writes an excellent blog.
    At this age I don’t think children need a ton of structured learning time. I usually sit down for 30 min.-1 hour a day doing worksheets or teaching my son to read/trace letters. Besides that I encourage a lot of imaginative play and use our everyday activities (running errands, going on walks, going to the playground) to enhance his learning. I also spend a good 30 minutes to an hour reading aloud to him. Even at 4 yrs old he really enjoys listening to chapter books such as the Roald Dahl or EB White books.
    Good luck…and as a previous commenter said, you certainly won’t regret doing this!!

  5. Christine says:

    Absolutely nothing wrong with homeschooling. Preschool or any age. Go for it mom! You’ll do great!!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    I have stayed home with my daughter for her whole life, well all except for 5 weeks after maternity leave. She will be 3 in November. She is beyond her years. She can have a full conversation with you and you know exactly what she is saying. She uses verbs, pronouns, nouns and adjectives appropriately most of the time. She knows all her colors and has known her ABC’s since she was 25 months old. I have ABSOLUTELY NO

  7. Sarah says:

    Sorry…hit enter on accident ;) Anyway, I have ABSOLUTELY NO doubt that this is because of the attention I have been able to give her. I took every opportunity to teach her something….grocery shopping was my favorite time. Having her sitting in the cart facing me gave me the opportunity to fully engage her. I would just have regular conversations with her about all the foods we were buying, where they came from, etc. I really struggled/struggle sometimes with putting her in preschool. Not only was it not in my budget but I worked in the social services field with children. I saw a lot of different preschools. None that were impressive enough to send my child to long term (don’t jump down my throat, I know there are wonderful preschools out there, just not around me). I ultimately am okay with my decision because I know what she is learning, I can tailor to her strengths and weaknesses. The only thing that I do have trouble with…going to the bathroom by myself. Do you have any suggestions for that? haha….

    but seriously, You will NOT regret this decision at all. Just remember that there are ups and downs, bumps and bruises, laughs and giggles. Take care of yourself too! My daughter doesn’t nap, so she has an hour of “quiet time” every day, a.k.a. MY TIME! Good luck!!!

  8. Heather says:

    I put my kids in preschool right before kindergarten so they learn the important stuff (listen to teacher, share with others, follow class rules and structure). I could care less about academics. My middle son entered kindergarten without knowing the alphabet song because he hated to sing. He reads 4 years above grade level now, so his growth wasn’t stunted.

    Do what is fun for you and your child. I would rather stick forks in my eyes than do flashcards, but my smallest LOVES THEM. So we do flashcards. Don’t feel like your kid is going to be “left behind.” Reading to your kid, taking them places you both enjoy, doing little art projects are all they really need.

  9. christina Dunnam says:

    I agree with homeschooling. I would love to stay home with my daughter and just home school her. Except I hear a lot of things that it is more expensive to home school than it is to put the child in an actual school. I definitely say go for the homeschooling. My cousin Wendy was home schooled in high school because she did very poorly in regular school. She loved the home school and I know her mother does not have any regrets. I would love to home school my daughter. I also believe in the studies I have done, that most children are less stressed in a relaxing atmosphere and they are getting the benefits of one on one teaching.

  10. maritza says:

    I believe that children needs to be exposed at early age to many things, brain ends developing by age five and I always encouraging parents to stimulate their kids all the time. NEVER IS TO EARLY,> Underestimate a child is a sin. Children always surprise me and I learned a lot from them.
    If you will have a routine (which children loves it) and a plan to follow your child will have a great advantage from others. Parents will see a positive results.

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