How do I homeschool a preschooler?
November 7, 2012 6:57 AM Subscribe
My 3 1/2-year-old nephew was recently taken out of preschool because his parents can no longer afford it. I’m unemployed (and job hunting) and I’ve become the de facto nanny/babysitter. He’s a bright, active little boy who knows his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, how to spell his name, etc. He was learning how to write and I want to continue with that but I'm not sure how. (I have no kids and until him haven't spent much time with small children.)
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So, how do I continue his education until his parents can afford preschool again? I’m concerned about him falling behind his classmates and I want him to be intellectually challenged. I adore this little boy and we read a couple of books every day but I’m finding that he’s spending almost the entire day watching TV and playing with his toys. He watches PBS (Caillou, Maya & Miguel, Curious George) and shows like Dora the Explorer. I’d like to find more educational things for him to do.
We spend some time working on his writing but I don’t really know how to teach a child how to write. Do we work on capital letters first, capital and lowercase together? Do I even use the term “capital” or is “big” better for someone his age?
Right now, we take lots of walks (I have a dog) and while I live in a safe area, it’s boring - no parks or fun things to see or do. He used to come home with fun artwork, e.g. a guitar made from a shoebox, a turkey made from a pine cone, a butterfly made from footprints. We don’t have money for museums but we do sometimes have access to a car. I’m looking for suggestions for activities and free online resources. We're in Houston, if that matters.
So, how and what do I teach my nephew so his day isn’t filled with TV. He’s an only child and plays well by himself and I’d like some things he can do independently so I can conduct my job search.
In addition, I’m a little concerned about his speech. He has trouble saying words that begin with “s” or that contain an “l” or “f”; he can say sandwich but not snack and yellow becomes “yewo.” His school said his speech was normal for his age, but in my very limited view, most of the other children talk better than him. I’ve mentioned having him evaluated by a speech pathologist but his mother seems hesitant since the school says he’s fine. He may very well be fine but this is another area where I’d like to help him but I’m not sure how to do so. Right now, I have him look at my lips when I say certain words and repeat after me but I don’t know what I’m doing.