Should I homeschool preschool? It is now that time when you reached a point in your child’s life that you need to start deciding on how to educate them. Whether you decide to send them off to a school or keep them at home. It is a complicated process and it’s a decision that begins their path to education. Every parent wants to do the best for their child and worries about what the outcome will be. It is such an exciting and scary moment! What is ideal for some families may not be the best for others. That is a very important concept to remember when making the decision.
What psychology says about preschool
- Brain Development is an important factor in education readiness.
- Dr. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman (n.d) states how each human brain developes at a different rate just as our bodies do. Therefore, we can not expect all children of the same age to be able to accomplish the same tasks.
- During this time, motor and sensory systems are still developing while audio and visual skill enhance.
- Learning is determined through a child’s environment. Parents need to provide simple tasks in order to enrich future educational skills. (Semrud-Clikeman, n.d) E.g reading books to your child promotes later reading skills.
- Age appropriate tasks are important but proceed with precaution when applying two tasks at once.
- Benefits of Early Education Please note, these results are based on traditional school systems
- Dr. Greg Duncan reviewed several studies and found early education to boost language, reading, and math skills.
- Investing in a child’s emotions and attention can have academic and cognitive payoffs (Weir, 2014).
- Improving the quality of interactions children have can also improve language skills, and self-regulation.
What homeschool moms say
- They would have homeschool preschool differently
- Many moms wished they would of taken this time to enjoy their children more rather than focusing on a curriculum.
- They wished they chose to make it less structured while still providing them with a good education through play.
- If they had to do it all over again they would of choose to let their children be just that; children.
- Things they would have continued to do
- Reading: it is something that promotes their education while building a close bond with their child.
- Promote natural learning!
- Teach their children through the interactions they encounter.
- Enrich their knowledge of the environment and world around them by engaging in conversation.
Do you have any thoughts about homeschooling preschool or preschool in general? Tell me below!
Semrud-Clikeman, M. (n.d.). Research in Brain Function and Learning. Retrieved July 1, 2019, from https://www.apa.org/education/k12/brain-function
Weir, K. (2014). The Preschool Puzzle. Monitor On Psychology,45(5), 41. Retrieved July 1, 2019, from https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/05/preschool.