Thursday, March 10, 2011
Homeschooling Preschoolers & Learning Styles
There are two topics I feel strongly about and have written about before. So, why bring them up again, because sometimes we get so caught up in things we forget. Before reading any further study the photo and determine if these children are what you want your child to look like (not their fashion.)Do they look like they are enjoying what they are doing?
First of all stop trying to fit the preschooler into some sort of curriculum. Start from the base like building a house, help them to develop a love for learning. This age group learns best through play, their senses and exploring the world around them. Stop trying to force them to read and write if they are not ready, they will let you know. Create a playful, wonderful place for them to learn, education does not just come from a book. Be creative while teaching them so they don't even know it.
It is important to make sure the preschooler has educational materials in their reach, paper and crayons, pretend food, magnet letters/numbers just to name a few.
While there are three different learning styles most people learn best when they are engaged in all three. This helps to enforce what is being learned. Once again YouTube is great for visual and audio, hands on can be anything that engages other senses. This is great for those times when a child is having a hard time grasping a concept, try one of the other learning styles and see what happens.