Preschool & Kindergarten
Homeschool 101: What About Preschool & Kindergarten?
Home education begins well before students begin traditional schooling.
Can you homeschool your preschooler? What about curriculum? Is it expensive? How important is early education?
How many hours a day does it take for Kindergarten?
Indiana’s law states that the compulsory age is 7 years old. Yet, society continues to push formal education at younger age levels. This pressure can cause homeschool parents into a structured education model before their child is ready.
- The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues – Washington Post
Why We Chose to Homeschool: All About Play – WELLERMAMA Blog
- How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert – Washington Post
- Why Putting Kids In School At Younger Ages Is Bad For Them – The Federalist
- What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 – NPR
Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm – Psychology Today
How Many Hours a Day Does it Take to Homeschool? – Raising Arrows
Can low-income families successfully homeschool young children?
Recently, the IAHE asked homeschooling parents of young children why they prefer to raise them themselves, instead of sending them to daycare or Pre-K. We wanted to know,
“Why are you willing and capable of preparing your child for school despite a low-income?”
I will raise my children, not some non-relative who has a whole room full of other children to tend to. I can work on good character quality at home, vs. send them out and hope they don’t pick up bad attitudes or bad language because their peers have older siblings at home. I can cultivate a love of learning vs. forcing them to think of learning and school as being synonymous with being planted at a desk all day, preparing for non-age appropriate tests. I keep staying home with my children to parent them because I am their parent as it is my job to raise them to become good citizens and productive members of society with intelligent minds, not assembly line cogs in a machine.
We asked Indiana homeschool leaders:
- 3 or more hours
- 2 hours
- 1 hour
Where to start homeschooling a is a frequent topic of conversation in the
IAHE’s Discussion Group on Facebook.
I’m considering pulling my son out of the public school system. He’s five years old and in kindergarten. I feel so overwhelmed looking at all of this. Is there a good place to start? Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
In the meantime, if you feel like you must do some kind of school, just pick up a few workbook-type things from the dollar store if you want, and read read read to him! He will learn so much by just having you read some books to him each day. We loved those books from the library growing up. You can do this! His age really does mean no pressure for you right now in this decision.
I focused on learning letters, sight words, basic numbers, reading aloud, and exploring nature. We took lots of walks and found things in nature to investigate. We also took lots of field trips. If there is something that your son likes, focus on that. Remember, you don’t need to recreate a classroom at home and have lots of curriculum to learn. Find a good support group in your area that offers a co-op and/or activities so you both can start making connections.
Pull him out now. Spend the rest of the year enjoying nature and reading good literature together! You don’t need to do any curriculum right now. Just take your time to do some research on different curriculum. Don’t rush—you have plenty of time. I recommend looking into Charlotte Mason and nature study.