Pooky is just over two and a half years old. Some might think this is a bit young to start preschool. Even I had my reservations at first, but I’ve done a lot of research and thinking that has led me to believe that starting with homeschool preschool this fall is the right decision. The following line of thinking has convinced me it’s at least worth a try.
1. Many preschools open their doors to students starting at age 2.5. (I realize this doesn’t mean that all children are ready for preschool at this age, but it means that many can be.)
2. I’ve been doing tot school with my daughter for over a year, and we’ve been having great success with it. She seems to enjoy new challenges (that are right in her developmental range), and I love seeing her learn new things. My daughter soaks up new information and skills like a sponge, and I want to continue to provide her with such learning opportunities in a more organized manner.
3. I think we’re ready to transition from student-led tot school to a more structured parent/teacher-led preschool experience. I think the structure and routine (with an overarching plan in mind) will be beneficial to us both.
4. The majority of factors that are cautions against starting preschool early don’t apply in the homeschool situation. (being potty trained, familiar with working in groups, able to be separated from parents, etc…)
5. My daughter has met the indicators that suggest a child may be ready to start preschool. (able to focus and work independently for a period of time, able to communicate needs/wants, eager to learn new things and explore, etc…)
6. Pooky will continue to have opportunities to practice her socializing skills in Sunday School, dance class, and music class, as well as during story time at the bookstore and library.
7. As a trained educator, and maybe more-so as a parent, I can quickly spot signs of frustration in my daughter. Her attitude and behaviors will be my biggest clues as to whether our homeschool preschool is working for her. As always, I will be following her lead on this. I want learning to continue to be fun for my daughter, not a source of stress and frustration. If I sense that she is, in any way, not ready for this, I’m willing to stop and reassess.
8. We’re going to take a laid back approach for now. Our preschool sessions will be two or three days a week at most. Each “school” day will consist of a short morning and afternoon session with a lot of rest and free-play time in between.
Having put my thoughts on “paper” like this, convinces me even more that this is a good next move for us. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started. It’ll be interesting to see where this adventure leads us. I’m sure I’ll post updates along the way.
Here is the preschool routine we are using at home.
If you are thinking of starting preschool at home with your little ones, check out this list of different styles of preschool at home by some amazing blogging mamas.
If you have any advice about starting your child in preschool or beginning the homeschool journey, please share it in the comments below.