Over the years, I have received several emails asking me about homeschooling. I think it would be most helpful to list down the frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will try my best to answer.
Is homeschool expensive?
It actually depends on the family. If you have limited budget,when you enroll with a homeschool provider, you can choose the less expensive schools or choose the local curriculum which are usually cheaper.
Is it better to homeschool a pre schooler? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
I believe it is better to start to homeschool a pre schooler. You are in the perfect situation where you can be the main influencer and teacher of your child. Good habits are easy to establish in this stage. You can also discipline your child easier in this stage.
The disadvantage would be the parents need to spend more time and effort in this stage.
What is the common routine for preschoolers?
The daily routine usually lasts for 1 to 1.5 hours a day. It includes read aloud time, copy work, phonics, mathematics and science. You can incorporate crafts and arts into the different subjects. You can choose which subjects you want to do daily or alternately.
What is the best curriculum for reading that is budget friendly?
I suggest that you read Dr. Seuss books or choose books from Sonlight curriculum and try to buy the books from Booksale or Books for Less. Your first goal should be to read to your child daily. Eventually, he will become interested to read and you can slowly introduce phonics to him. You can also use starfall.com. There are many free resources found around the web that you can use.
What are the target/goals for pre-schoolers?
I believe that the goals for pre schoolers should be to establish good habits. Read daily together and remember to choose good books. Classic literature would be a good choice.
It would be good to read Ruth Beechick’s The Three R’s Series to get a more detailed list of what your preschooler should be learning.
How do you dicipline your children and motivate them to love learning even when they are at home?
Discipline is heart work. You need to make sure that your child understands what he has done. I suggest reading Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp for more information on disciplining your children.
Love for learning begins when we spend time reading to our child. Don’t stress too much about what you are not doing but enjoy the time you spend with your child. When you enjoy learning with your child, you allow your child to enjoy what you are doing too. Don’t be afraid to try new activities with your kids. Try Five in a Row curriculum, it suits preschoolers. I also wrote a post on how to keep your kids excited about school.
Please also check out my earlier post about how to begin homeschooling your preschoolers.