Common Questions About Homeschooling
Resources for Preschoolers
By Joslyn Fresay
There are many different resources available today that can be used to effectively homeschool preschoolers. Using these resources allows parents to indirectly teach their children without using textbooks and state curriculums. For example, there are quite a few magazines designed for preschool kids that are available today. However, a parent has to be able to identify which magazines and other resources are actually helpful and which can be harmful academically to their children.
What Types of Books Should Be Used for Homeschooling?
Books that are primarily educational but also entertaining are the best choices for homeschoolingresources. A rule of thumb to use is that if the child can learn something of educational value, then it is a good choice. Finding engaging material is essential in order to capture the attention of the student. Preschoolers are not going to respond well to books that do not interest them. However, books that are clearly designed for fun and entertainment that do not have any educational value should be avoided.
Which Types of Magazines Should Be Avoided?
There are literally hundreds of different magazines published for young children to read and enjoy. When searching for effective homeschooling resources, though, a parent should stay away from comic books and activity magazines that do not have any educational value. The odds of a preschooler choosing a magazine that is more educational than entertaining on their own is slim to none. Therefore, it is wise for parents to select these magazines for the kids instead of having them to choose them on their own. Doing so allows the parents to analyze the content of the magazines and check for educational value.
Is It a Good Idea to Put Television Shows in the Homeschool Schedule?
Television shows that are focused on educating preschool students while entertaining them can be effective homeschool resources. Watching and exploring these shows within a homeschool schedule is a great idea. Most preschoolers have a very short attention span and will not respond well to excessive lecturing and other forms of verbal instruction. Allowing them to watch resourceful programming on television can prove to be very beneficial for their overall development. However, this should only be done in moderation.
Are There Any Educational Websites for Preschoolers?
The internet has a wide variety of different educational websites that are designed for young children, especially preschoolers. For example, easywaypaper.com is one of the most popular educational websites currently being used throughout the country by parents as a homeschool resource. A simple keyword search in Google will pull up a list of hundreds of them within seconds. Explore different websites to see which ones the child responds to the most. That should be the determining factor of which website is frequently used as a part of their daily learning schedule.
How Much Time Should Be Scheduled for These Resources?
The specific amount of time that is used for these resources should be determined by the parent based on the needs and attention span of the child. Observe their response and overall engagement with the actual resource, moving on to another activity as soon as they are no longer responsive or engaged. An appropriate balance is also imperative to have between primary instruction and these secondary resources. Use proper judgment in determining how long is too long. These resources should be used to complement formal instruction, not replace it.
Many parents may believe that there is not much that can be taught to a preschooler. Studies have proven that the exact opposite is true. The key is finding effective resources that are going to educate the child while keeping them engaged and entertained at the same time. Establishing a proper balance between these secondary resources and primary instruction is required in order for these resources to be effective. Focus on the needs of the student first and foremost, using these resources in moderation as they continue to develop.
About the Author: Joslyn Fresay has many years of teaching experience in the traditional classroom setting, small group, and one-on-one tutoring. It is with the one-on-one tutoring experiences that she finds most joy. "It is in this setting that you can truly learn about a student's learning style and customize the program to fit their needs. Watching a child go from a place of struggle to a place of success is the best part of my job!"
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