Surprisingly, many parents do not feel qualified to teach their own children preschool at home. If you are one of them, I hope to relieve your apprehension. In fact, I believe that home preschools are far superior to anything that a center can provide and highly recommend that all parents teach their children preschool at home if at all possible.
Should You Teach Preschool at Home or in a Center?
Here are 3 reasons to enjoy preschool at home.
1. I think everyone would agree that small classes are preferable over larger ones. That is because the closer the teacher/student ratio is to 1:1, the easier it is for the teacher to teach, and the easier it is for the student to learn. For starters, the teacher has the ability to set the academic pace according to her individual student, instead of according to the class majority. In large classes, the top students are often held back by the slower students, and the slower students are left behind to accommodate everyone else. So, teaching your children at home ensures that their individual needs are not overlooked for the needs of the majority.
2. The very nature of a preschool center makes trouble for young children – mainly because very young children are still learning what is and is not socially acceptable. So, crowding them into a room filled with lots of other young, immature children is a recipe for disaster. Let me put it this way. For whatever reason, children tend to mimic the behavior of the lowest common denominator in large-group settings. You will find your child not imitating all the other nice, polite children sitting up front, but instead copying the one lone boy making potty noises in the back of the class.
Sadly, this is a fundamental “preschool truth” coming from someone who has personally witnessed this phenomenon in preschool classes over and over again. Not that children can be sheltered forever, but remember that children younger than 5 years old are far more impressionable, and for that reason, it is important to put them in healthy social environments early on, where good examples are commonplace, until they have formed a proper understanding and habit of decent behavior. So, again, unless you yourself are bound to fits of potty language and tantrums, the home is the best place to conduct preschool.
3. You don’t want to miss it! Teaching your child to read, write and figure is a wonderful joy!
Now you know why you should teach your child preschool at home, but how? It is SO easy with our Christian Preschool Curriculum. If you have 15 minutes to spare each day, you can do it!