Is it okay to teach preschool at home?

Would it be so bad to just keep teaching my daughter at home until she's at the right age for kindergarten? She's very smart and already gets along with kids at the park. Preschool is about $200 a month here and we just can't afford that right now! Anyone know of any sites that offer learning tools for 3 year olds?


Asked by anestheticsex at 3:37 PM on Oct. 17, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I dont know any sites, but last year i went to wal-mart and they have workbooks for that age.. It really helped Dude he was so ready when it was time to start school... We worked with him everynight out of that book (for 30 min)... We also got flash cards... An did little crafts... he is a worriable colorer.. LOL and still is but whatever i say..

    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 3:48 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Me, my husband, nor my SS went to preschool. We all did just fine in school. Walmart has workbooks for that age, and guidelines for where they should be at each age are generally widely available from a pediatrician or online.

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 3:52 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • I run a daycare and we do a lot of preschool activites. I can honestly say that even though this is my job and I love it, kids are better off at home with mommy! He is learning so much from you and you are building a foundation for him that is better than any preschool can give him!

    Do fun things to encourage reading, writing, and math skills. Match things of the same color, find all the "A"'s on signs when you drive, fingerpaint with pudding (FUN!) and practice making your letters and numbers, count your french fries before you eat them, things like that. You will be amazed at how much he learns without even knowing it. Workbooks are fun, but don't push it. He will have years and years to amster workbooks..LOL~~ Flash cards are YUCK in my opinion!!!

    Answer by christyg at 3:55 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • SHE, not he...... sorry!!!

    Answer by christyg at 3:56 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Yeah there is no reason, in my opinion, that you have to send your child to preschool. When you color with her ask her for the red, blue, purple crayon, she'll learn her colors that way. You can do the same thing for objects. You can tell he give me the round ball over there, or the book that is shape like a square, etc. Letter recognition can be taught buy pointing out signs etc.

    If you are worried about social interaction (i.e. playing or spending time with people her own age), then just find play groups in your area and make arrangements to meet with them. If you have a friend whose child is around your child's age make plans to have play dates just the 2 of you, etc.

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 4:04 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Thanks so much everyone, all of these answers have been VERY helpful. I thought there were going to be a bunch of dramatic bashers lol. We're going to Walmart tomorrow, I'll be sure to get her some workbooks!

    Answer by anestheticsex at 4:18 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • With No Child Left Behind these days kindergarteners are supposed to have the foundation for reading and math before entering Kindergarten. If you want your child to keep up in Kindergarten, it is a good idea to give them a little headstart especially with reading and math. Some free websites I use are,, and my daughter loves You can get workbooks from the dollar store for $1 to help with fine motor skills like holding a pencil and tracing letters/numbers. Have fun and like a pp said, get into a small playgroup.

    Answer by oregonmom22 at 4:26 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • No, plenty homeschool their kids all the way through high school, but I think the benefits of pre-school are interaction with other kids and the fact that she'll get used to being away from you during the day.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:32 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Join one of the homeschool groups here on cafemom happy homeschoolers is one of them. There is nothing wrong with homeschooling your child, in fact I think it's great.

    Answer by at 7:49 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Here are some websites that I have used in the past (listed in the next post).  I send my daughter to preschool, but purely for social interaction since they seem to teach nothing else.  The kidsparkz is actually a curriculum written by a preschool teacher that you have to pay for and download.  I did and I thought it was worth it as it gives some great ideas and each week works in themes which I really like.  It is basically the entire curriculum she uses in her own preschool.

    I also use a workbooks called Preschool in 30 minutes a day (which my daughter loves) and use various other workbooks found at walmart or wherever.  Good Luck!


    Answer by Colleen801 at 8:40 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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