When trying to select pre-k curriculum or develop your own home school preschool course of study, there are several common themes to look for. A quality preschool program should challenge but never overwhelm a young child at this stage of teaching the alphabet and more.
Home School Preschool Concepts
Typically, you will want to introduce and practice foundational concepts to prepare your child for homeschool kindergarten later on. Since it is widely accepted that children are capable and quite responsive to learning, before the age of five, it only makes sense to start homeschooling early.
However, the objective must ALWAYS be to instill a love and joy of learning within the preschooler.
Additionally, some may choose to introduce Bible studies or religion into the home school preschool at an age-appropriate level. This would also be done with books, crafts, and other forms of creative expression in the home.
Homeschool Preschool Curriculum Ideas
A very helpful pre-k curriculum is Ed. Hirsch's Core Knowledge series which covers these foundational concepts in small increments. These books have nursery rhymes and book excerpts which are suitable for young learners.
Other traditional publishers like Abeka, Bob Jones, and Rod & Staff also offer home school preschool materials.
If you decide to create your own, consider using a guideline such as the World Book Typical Course of Study to be sure you are covering all the subjects.
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