Thinking about preschooling at home?
Good for you! When my son’s auditory processing problems made sending him to the public preschool the most promising option, I was heartbroken. I so wanted to homeschool him and never put him in the public schools because those were my personal convictions. However, I had one other little toddler at the time and a newborn on the way, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to give my oldest the attention he needed. Plus, he was just not thriving at home. I was not a special ed teacher, so I was not reaching him with the tools he needed.
However! I saved his preschool notes and programs throughout his first semester there, and if I could do things over, I would definitely have tried to preschool him first. Even with his special needs. I think I was originally scared I couldn’t succeed, but then I saw that what they were doing with him was not so amazing that I couldn’t have at least tried it here in the home first. If that hadn’t worked, then I could have sent him to the school. But if it had worked, I would have saved myself a lot of heartbreak over the negative character training he received and the overall influence of the state/public school system in my home.
So, here are some notes for you!
Here was the schedule: 8:30-11:30am every day. The bus came at 7:45am, and he got home at 12:15pm, so it was effectively quite a long day for a preschooler! But a nice break for me =) If I were doing this schedule today, maybe I would find some supervised chores for my preschooler to do between 7:45 and 8:30am, and then some quiet time from 11:30-12:15pm. That way, I would have maximized his schedule each day. That’s up to you.
8:30-8:45 Free Play
8:45-9:00 Circle Time
9:00-9:15 Small Group
9:15-9:30 CD time
9:40-10:00 Playground/Big Room
10:00-10:15 Snack Time
10:15-10:30 Art Time
10:30-10:40 Story time
10:40-11:00 Choice Time
11:00-11:20 Music Time
11:20-11:30 Dismissal (Clean-up/Goodbyes)