Homeschooling

For Preschoolers, Life is the Curriculum

When it comes to educating preschoolers at home, there is no need to spend lots of money on expensive packaged curriculum, and preschoolers don’t need workbooks.

The lessons that daily living offers have more value for  young children than anyone can imagine!

Photo by Esther Wieringa

My guest post this month at SimpleHomeschool offers suggestions on activities to do at home with your preschooler that will fill your days with joy while you prepare your child for academic learning later.

Hope you’ll stop by and let me know what you think!

Are you homeschooling a preschooler? Do you use a curriculum? How do you spend your days at home?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Eastman September 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I have three boys, aged 5, 2, and 1. My five year old has autism, but is fairly high functioning. Our days revolve around play, housework, and running errands, like going to speech therapy, etc. Sometimes we don’t have much time do things like get out the watercolors, etc. But we do have a lot of time of just being together- and we talk, talk, talk. We talk about what we see on the road, what we do when we clean (and help), we talk about the store we go to and the friends we meet along the way. Mostly, our days are just plain full…full enough to not need a curriculum. In between the times when we aren’t talking and playing, my boys love a good rest time. Laying on the floor and playing with knitted animals, looking at books in our library, cuddling on the couch…good stuff.

  • Reply barefootmama October 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    “…Life is the Curriculum” I LOVE that and I completely agree! Barefoot Mama

  • Reply wordplayhouse® October 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    You’ve shared a wonderful collection of preschool homeschooling ways that grow the whole child in all ways—imaginatively, healthily, wholesomely. I cherish moments with each of mine young ones like no other. This preschool age, this time of discoveries is magical; and we share much of our day simply and slowly in work and play. You’ve shared many wonderful ideas to incorporate into this way in your Simplehomeschool link. Lovely.

  • Reply Cassandra December 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    we currently are homeschooling our preschooler and do not use curriculum, she essentially goes with the flow of our daily activities.

  • Reply Mariza January 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I homeschool both of my daughters and with my kindergartener I don’t follow a curriculum. We do finger knitting, she’s in charge of chopping the vegetables for the salads, she’s so much into cleaning. She wants to clean everything, the windows, the walls, the floor. I give her a rag and a spray bottle with water and vinegar and she loves it! She likes to do important work.

    • Reply Sarah Baldwin January 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Perfect, Mariza! Sounds like you’re giving your kindergartener a wonderful learning experience by including her in the practical activities of the household, and helping her develop important life skills.

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