Homeschooling a 4 Year Old

After numerous thoughts on whether I will enroll my youngest daughter (4 years old) to a traditional school (but will be online) or homeschool. I finally made up my mind to do homeschooling. The tuition and miscellaneous fees that the schools asked me where not really acceptable on my part because even if it is a traditional schooling, it is still online, therefore I will still be hands on.

Let’s see if I could sustain this excitement that I have. I did quite a handful of preparation because my youngest is quite challenging in terms of her enthusiasm on studying. I bought a couple of books and writing materials. I did some research and watched some tips on how to handle pre-school homeschooling. I read some blogs too. The first hand experiences of bloggers are very helpful.

Last year we experienced how it is to be schooled through online, however, it was really not effective. My daughter is still playful, hence, needs some disciplining. There were four in the class and the lesson must be finished within the day. And so, there were days when my daughter did not really learn. Oftentimes, she was being coached because the lesson should be finished.

So today, we accomplished a milestone. I somehow knew how to handle the homeschooling of my daughter. For the past days, I was trying to see what is effective for her. She is not really into sitting down, teacher teaching and she will just be listening. What I did today was for her to discuss the lesson.

I placed the letter cards on the ground and asked her to bring me the letter that I asked her. It was effective. Surprisingly, there were few mistakes.

I was also able to let her write the letter A by herself. She did a lot. Since I was studying, I am a firm believer that in order for us to remember things in school, we need to use most of our senses. Sense of sight (reading), sense of touch (writing) and sense of ear (music or discussing).

I have a schedule of what we need to accomplish within this year. Hopefully is she will be in a regular school, by God’s grace, it will not be difficult for her.

I got another challenge of homeschooling my eldest daughter (11 years old). I opted not to hire a teacher, I would want to really focus on teaching her as she will be in highschool next school year.

2 Comments on “Homeschooling a 4 Year Old

  1. I felt the same way as you for this past school year! I would be doing so much work anyway if they were home and schooling online. I decided homeschooling was the better option. I could determine the content and schedule and also let my kids be creative and study more of what interested them. I love the lesson you did with your daughter and how you let her lead. It’s really perfect especially for a 4 year old. I have a degree in Childhood Education and I also taught in Early Childhood for a while. This is what they need!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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    • Wow! Thank you so much. I should admit that it was a struggle at first as I am really new in this field. I did mentoring when I was still working but dealing with kids is a different thing. It is a great relief to know that I am doing the right thing. I was thinking of a lot of strategies and I think this is what works well with my daughter.

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