Saturday, February 4, 2012

Where to start? Homeschooling for preschool and kindergarten

The preschool and kindergarten years are the perfect time to test-drive homeschooling, especially if you’re not sure that homeschooling will be a good fit for your family. The good news is that, at this young age, you really don’t need a formal curriculum to homeschool, and it doesn’t need to cost a lot, either.

There are plenty of computer programs, both online and on CD-ROM, to get kids started learning colors, shapes, numbers, and even building letter recognition skills. Some even use cartoon characters to catch children’s attention. Many such programs also have some type of assessment or informal quiz periodically, which can really help parents to see how well their child learned the material.

Generally though, most preschool and kindergarten kids do fine without all that. Sometimes simple is better. Kids this age need plenty of parent interaction, reading books, playing games, doing fun craft projects, and just learning about their world through everyday activities.

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