We’re Starting Preschool Early…at home 11


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.

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Our homeschool preschool classroom is almost ready!

 

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.

8 Preschool Routines

If you have any advice about starting your child in preschool or beginning the homeschool journey, please share it in the comments below.


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11 thoughts on “We’re Starting Preschool Early…at home

  • Yuliya

    We’re going to be getting a bit more organised with our ‘tot school’ sessions this upcoming year, too. I’m putting together a list of my goals and thinking about what my son is ready for. He’s turning two next month, so he’s also a bit younger than your daughter. I just see it as an opportunity to work with my son and spend some quality, but educational time together 😉 I never even researched what age kids should start preschool at haha, but just go based on his cues. He seems to be enjoying the activities I present so I figure, why not. I’m really excited to see your posts on your preschool activities, especially as your daughter is a little bit older, so I’m sure I’ll have a lot to learn from your experiences 😉

    • Tiffiny Post author

      I totally agree about moving forward based on the child’s cues. I’m glad tot school has been working so well for you guys too. I enjoy seeing your posts about it. I’ll be sure to continue to share as we go along. 🙂

  • Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    I like your plans for a laid-back method. At this age I think that’s best. And you know your daughter – while not all 2 1/2 year olds are ready for preschool, some are, and only you know what’s right for her. I look forward to hearing how it goes. Good luck!

    • Tiffiny Post author

      Yes, it’ll definitely be laid-back! I’m kind of thinking of it as informal preschool. I’m curious to see how she will respond. She’s always enjoyed our activities together, so I’m hopeful it will go well. Thanks for your words of encouragement. I’ll be sure to report back on our progress as this will be a learning curve for me as well.

  • Laura

    That’s great! Good luck and have fun! <3 We are starting preschool too (30-35 months olds). So I know how it feels. Thank you so much for this post – it helps!

  • Summer Nicole

    I am glad I read this post, my little one is just turning 2 so we aren’t quite ready for preschool but she loves to learn and I do schedule specific learning time most days to encourage her love of learning. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t be doing this because many moms I know don’t, so it was good to see that there are some that are and it’s really about when our kiddos seem to be ready. Appreciate the knowledge! 🙂

    • Tiffiny Post author

      I’m glad you found my post helpful. I think some people may raise their eyebrows at all the activities I do with Pooky, but the teacher in me can’t help it. I found the blog, 1+1+1=1 over a year ago, which inspired me. She has a great series on Tot Trays for parents who want to offer fun and learning activities to their toddlers. She also has a link up on Saturdays where other moms link up their tot school activities. Good luck in your journey. If you’re daughter is ready, go for it!