Most homeschool moms are able to adapt quickly to teaching their
school-aged children. They research curriculum, make a schedule,
pull together chosen resources, and get busy. They realize that
the basic subjects must be covered, and they usually create a guideline
or follow a scope and sequence to stay on track.
But what about toddlers and preschoolers who also want to get
involved or "do school" with their older siblings? What about their
education? What is the balance between too much or perhaps not
enough? Of course, every homeschool mom has her own ideas and philosophy
concerning her little learners, and there is no right way or wrong
approach or a one-size-fits-all plan.
For families who desire more guidance for this age group, homeschool
veteran and former preschool teacher Susan Lemons has created a
resource that is sure to become a handbook for home preschool education
for years to come. Homepreschool and Beyond: A Comprehensive
Guide to Early Home Education is a 295+ page, soft cover
book that is full of great ideas and information--very comprehensive!
The academic content is built on a developmental/literature approach
and can be used to teach 3 to 8-year-olds.
The author covers the following topics:
Part I: The Basics
Teaching Through Parenting
The Importance of Readiness
Part II : All About Books
Teaching Through Reading Aloud
Than Captain Underpants: Choosing Good Books
Preschool Through Grade School
Part III: Skills
An Important Note about Skill Lists
Family and Life
Goals of Spiritual Development
and Listening Skills
Cognition and Memory Skills
and Pre-Writing Skills
Early Math Skills
Arts and Crafts
Holidays and Traditions
Part IV: Games and Play
The Power of Play
Playful Learning Activities
Part V: Curriculum and Methods
Why I Flunked Kindergarten--and Why Your Child
Doesn't Have To
Choosing and Using Curriculum--First Grade
Homeschooling Methods and Resources
Preschoolers Busy While Teaching Older Children
Recommended Resources for Parents
the Decision to Homeschool Beyond Preschool
About What Your Children Are Missing?
"The Battle for
Our Children's Minds"
Mrs. Lemons does indeed provide tons of information and a plethora
of excellent resources to give parents an overview of methods and
curriculums, guidance, a framework for planning, and lots of ideas.
Her philosophy of homepreschool (and homeschooling in general)
mirrors my own. She states:
Our children are learning all the time, whether we are aware
of it or not. Homepreschooling parents simply take advantage
of this fact and choose to embrace a lifestyle of learning--consciously
deciding to take advantage of those "teachable" moments. Life
itself is the very best curriculum for preschoolers.
I couldn't agree more! In my opinion, Homepreschool and Beyond is
an awesome resource, and I'm glad to have this book on my shelf
to use with my two youngest children. Highly recommended!