Overall, that is the approach I have taken with my own children - I let them help when and how they are able. Pre-schoolers can
- sort clothes
- sort silverware
- wipe down a table.
- pick things up off of the floor
- put their toys away
- make cookies
- stir things with help
- plant flowers
- pick vegetables
- cut coupons with kid scissors
- feed pets
The preschool years are the time to teach the child:
- getting used to being read to and listening to stories.
- art with crayon, paints, sand, scissors, glue.
- listening to music and singing, keeping a beat.
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready
Before Five in a Row
Training Wheels: A Kindergarten Curriculum for Home Schoolers
Catholic Mosaic: Living the Liturgical Year with Literature an Illustrated Book Study for Catholic Children
and a new one for me - Catholic Icing
on the web - Preschool Express.
Homeschoolers can use the preschool years to get information and inspiration for homeschooling elementary school. The Ultimate Homeschool Expo's Back to school Blast has a some inspirational and informative talks by seasoned homeschoolers and educators. Included in the ticked for that are Cindy Rushton's e-book "Homeschooling the Easy Way" which is also chock full of ideas for moms with pre-schoolers all the way through high school. Plenty of planning and goal setting sheets as well.
When I think way back about preschool at home, the main thing I remember is the love. The love of my grandmother who let us help her in the kitchen, and made us little pies that she put in our play oven during nap time, the love for my sister who was my main playmate, and just the overall sense of well being and love I felt at being outisde playing and inside cozy and warm. If the main thing my children remember from their preschool years is that love - then I will consider homeschool preschool to be a success.