Tips To Homeschool Your Preschoolers
Little caterpillars cover themselves in those cosy cocoons and later transform themselves into beautiful butterflies. This is one of the most admirable transformations that nature has ever shown to us. Kids are like these tiny caterpillars who get into these cocoons of parenting. And we as parents need to prepare our young soldiers to make their own boundaries and protect themselves. So just like the transformation that happens in the cocoon, parents need to keep some things in mind in order to prepare their kids to fly out like a beautiful and strong butterfly.
Keeping the above context in mind, school is the kid’s first destination to experience the outside environment, to meet new people, to make new bonds. And before we set our kids free in their new venture it’s a necessity for them to be prepared with some prerequisite knowledge and make them strong enough to sort out things on their own. Here are the few basic things we thought you should do while homeschooling your preschoolers.
Let’s start with the rhythm
The curiosity of every child when they learn new things gives them immense energy to know more about what’s around. Each day they would have new developments and more enthusiasm to see what’s happening around. Parents need to know how to channelise this energy and curiosity into learning activities that can be fun and keeps the child engaged the whole day. For starters play some child-friendly soothing music that would bring in some positive vibes on the child. They would start following the beats of the music that would make them follow a particular rhythm which automatically tunes the brain cells and the auditory functioning. Talk to your child more often. Listen to their replies and appreciate every step they take in the journey of development. Also, recite some poems and basic rhymes that would help in the development of the child’s voice as well.
Green is my new pink
Recognition of colours and understanding the difference is really important at this stage. It also improves the creativity of the kid’s thinking. You can take the child for a walk and make them understand the different colours around. Ask them to see things around and enjoy nature. After this ask them to doodle things on a piece of paper the colour those doodlings with the same colours. Understanding the concept of the colour is small but the processing in that tiny brain is big. This needs to be done consistently for some time and yes, when you are done you have covered miles in the pathway of parenting.
1..2..Buckle my shoe.
Numbers, units that define right from your age till your phone number, defines almost every aspect of life. So we start off small with the digits of their finger to count small quantities. Counting small objects like toys, vegetables or even number books can help. Take them outside and ask them to recognise numbers on the hoardings or number plates. Also, teach them how to dial numbers on a telephone. This would also help in emergency situations. There are plenty of games that involve numbers. Simple board games, toys and even magnetic number stickers can also make the learning process more fun and entertaining.
What’s my identity?
Children should be very aware of their identity. Their name, age and also their parent’s name. This is a necessity and can help a child give out information when there is an emergency. It’s common to wonder what if this information the child had known might not be very safe. It can provoke unnecessary concerns. It’s totally up to the parent on how much information their child should be aware of till he/she is aware enough to understand when and when not to disclose private information.
These are some basic things that can be kept as a baseline to nurture your kids before they reach out to see the outside world. Kid’s brain and understanding are like clay that can be moulded the way you want. The concepts you try to incorporate in your daily life will directly be affected by the child irrespective of whether you want to teach them or not. Hence, be really aware of what’s happening around and make them understand some differences between what’s good and what’s bad so you can help kids develop a growth mindset. Learning is a continuous non-exhausting process. But what you want them to learn is a big question. Don’t pressurise or overstrain your child with a lot of information. Make it fun, creative and precise.