Homeschooling helps to make transition to Preschool easy

Homeschooling your toddler

Homeschooling wasn’t something I had planned. But when Kenisha reached a 1-year mark I quickly realized I had to get my game on. I realized that I had to be equipped to channelize my super active and smart toddler’s energy in the right direction. Those days I worked from home on my online venture (www.lulupu.com) and kept 1-2 hours dedicated to homeschooling.

 

homeschooling makes transition to preschool easier

Reading time with Furry sibling

 

I read about early child development and looked for ideas on homeschooling age appropriate activities online. I was lucky to have found an abundance of information and the Montessori Principle of teaching immediately caught my attention.

Dr. Montessori’s advice to’ follow the child’ stole my heart.

Each child is unique and observing the child and taking a cue from their interest to support their curiosity was exactly what I intended to do. Though you may decide to follow pure Montessori, I personally felt it was ok to mix and match and do our own thing that my daughter enjoyed.

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Motor skills with blocks

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Outdoor Play

Homeschooling helps to make transition to Preschool easy

At some point, we all would like our toddlers to join a preschool. But the transition is not always smooth. A new place, unfamiliar faces, children of same age, hours away from mummy and daddy isn’t a comforting factor for many toddlers.

Luckily, for us, the transition was very smooth. Touchwood. Homeschooling really helped us here. We began homeschooling when my daughter was around 12-13 months old. When she joined a pre school at 2 years of age, she settled within a week.

Read about ” WHY I CHOSE TO SEND MY 2-YEAR-OLD TO A MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL? ”

 

Simple early development activities to boost their cognitive, language, emotional and physical developments can be easily performed at homeschooling hours.

These will help in ease of transition to a play school where everything will feel familiar and a continuation of what they have done at home with you.

 

    •  Reading – at least for 20 minutes every day is very helpful to build language skills. At this stage, children soak up all the information! Ask questions like “where is the star”? “let’s find the duck”. check out “Top 10 Tips reading to your toddler
    • Teach body parts – We found a body part puzzle very useful along with few books. Songs and rhymes are another fun way to learn. The song “head shoulder knees and toes” was our favorite. We loved this particular puzzle – Fisher Price, Brilliant Basics Baby First Blocks
    • Shapes and Numbers – Talk about shapes, colors, and number all day long. “Let’s find your red ball”, “we have one yellow mango to eat”, “mama is wearing a red T-shirt”. Suggested toys – Fisher Price Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack,
      Fisher Price, Brilliant Basics Baby First Blocks
    • Language Building – Talk to your child and sing nursery rhymes with actions. Watch them copy and perform for you. You can copy what they say and encourage a two-way communication.
    • Name their emotions – Children begin showing emotions as early as 10-12 months. Help them identify and label the emotion. “Are you happy? Look how you are smiling” “Awe you want to play? I know you are feeling angry right now”
    • Structured play – play activities that require them to follow instructions. As children love when they can accomplish simple tasks, it best to praise their efforts. Start with tasks like “get me your teddy”, “open the door”, “let’s put all the blocks in the green basket”
    • Social Interaction – Kids learn a lot through your interaction with others. So let them watch how you shop at the supermarket, talk to other adults and kids. It helps them to learn socializing skills.
    • Building Motor Skills – For gross motor skills outdoor play works the best. Unstructured play helps to teach them activities of push, pull, pick, drop, build, explore, throw, catch, kick and so much more. Consequently, it builds muscle strength which is important for more complex movements like walking and running.
    • Fine Motor Skills – With the pincher grip development you can easily introduce chunky board puzzles and building blocks.  We liked these blocks – Fisher Price Stack and Explore Blocks and puzzles – Melissa and Doug Farm Chunky Puzzle, Wooden Chunky Puzzle Aquatic Animal and Wooden Chunky Puzzle Shapes
    • Everyday skills – encourage your toddler to use spoons, drink from an open cup, putting pants up or down. Again, these skills involve bother their small and big muscles and also gives them the ability to think and understand what they are doing.

Excited to get started? Read up the next chapter :

Montessori Classroom at Home for Toddlers -The Easy Setup Guide” 

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  1. I enrolled my daughter in school when she was 4 years old. She didnt go to a playgroup. But since my mother has been a principal in a pre school for 23 years , I had an expert to guild me in Early child education and I followed the play-way method at home until she attended school. She was very comfortable and the transition was very easy too. You have rightly mentioned all the activities which will help in easy transition. This is indeed a helpful post.

  2. I didn’t follow any structured home-schooling routines at this age but have found your post to be highly insightful. Some great ideas that I would’ve loved to use. Alas my kids are older.

  3. This is the right post for every parent who is planning to put the child in playway.. I also used some of the tricks when my daughter became an year old. You rightly said- it is very important to channelize baby’s energy in the right direction.

  4. I am thinking to start home schooling at 2 yrs and then with pre school at 3 yrs for my boy. This post has cleared whatsoever doubts I had in my mind. Thanks for sharing such informative post.

  5. The methods you shared in this post seems very helpful for making an environment of teaching and learning at home. These stuffs are very useful for kids to learn many things like shapes, name of some animal or birds etc. This way toddlers will settle in their pre school without any trouble. Thanks for sharing

  6. I have been following you posts and I have seen it was an easy transition for baby K. Thank you for sharing these tips 🙂

    • So i would just keep 2 hours a day. idea is to make a routine that slips into a preschool routine. but it cld be less or more depending on how engaged the child has been

  7. It all depends on the child too, you know. My eldest went to playschool at the age of 1.5! My son did not seem prepared and we were in no hurry. But both did their preschool in the Montessori method and I have nothing but praises to sing!

  8. We started Karma at 17 months but essentially because she seemed ready to go to play group. But before that followed a similar system of activities that involved learning while playing. Rhymers, numbers, alphabets etc and she continued the same at play group. This post is really informative and detailed… especially for new parents who will soon start thinking of this step. 🙂

  9. I really relate to your post. You have covered some really important aspects of homeschooling here. Somehow for my girl the transition of going to the party school was a cake walk too

  10. My daughter is 2 years 9 ,months and we have been teaching her a host of things st home right from nursery rhymes, numbers, colours. Alphabets. My mom is a Montessori trained teacher who has over 20 years experience in pre primary as a coordinator and teacher. One thing that they miss on in social skills but as we run a day care at home I find my daughter has become more social and better at communicating with her peers

  11. I like the concept of homeschooling. I think most parents prepare in their own way their babies, so that it become easy for them to adjust with new school easy. Only thing parents need not stop home schooling, but continue with this pattern even in higher class.

  12. I completely agree with you that homeschooling helps the child adapt to the concept of formal learning. Also you can delay that time for a couple of months when your toddler will have to get into the routine of going to a pre-school. Really helpful tips on home-schooling.

  13. That’s wonderful karuna. We didn’t call it homeschooling but did pretty much the same things. Also our medium of conversation at home is English, since both pawan and I speak in English to each other . It is his first language and also the language of conversation in school. I think that’s important that they be able to express and understand others in the preschool. He returned yesterday saying telescope , we made telescope in school. ‘ for a two year old that’s fabulous.

    • Kuheli, that’s why I mentioned. You can go and mix and match the things that work for you. Idea is to support the child’s learning curve 🙂

  14. Karuna , I am a mother of toddler and I can well resonate with the predicament of getting your kid to learn things at home so that it get easy for him at school.
    Good approach, I like it ?