If you homeschool preschool and/or kindergarten children you’ve come to the right place. The homeschool category posts are designed to help you find the information you need to help you become an expert educator and have a successful homeschool adventure.
Even if you stick to a commercial curriculum, it can be daunting to homeschool preschool and/or kindergarten kids. Involving children in your everyday experiences, such as cooking, provides many hands on learning moments. Check out the learning opportunities your child gets to experience by making something as simple as a baking powder biscuit.
How does cooking benefit children’s learning?
- to follow directions
- to sequence activities
- to follow ordinal language (first we, second we, third we…).
- math and science vocabulary
- to ask questions
- how to investigate the answers
When cooking with children, model asking questions and encourage kids to ask questions…
- What did you notice when…?
- Why do you think the dough formed bubbles?
- What happened to the sugar when we stirred in the hot water?
- Why did the biscuits puff up in the oven?
Children experience quantities and fractions during cooking experiences…
- A third of the butter is for the cookies
- Fill the cup to the 100 grams
- Use half of the apple
- Cut the bread into quarters
Children also learn about hygiene as they cook and they begin to understand the importance of washing their hands, not sneezing near the food and keeping their hands away from their faces.
The basics of teaching four to seven year olds…
The how to teach section of this site gives you the basics of teaching 4 – 7 year olds. The teaching/learning posts will:
- help you understand how young children learn
- show you how to homeschool preschool and kindergarten children in an age appropriate manner
- help you choose materials and supplies
- give tips on how to keep a positive teaching atmosphere
How to teach math with hands on experiences…
The math section explains how to homeschool preschool and kindergarten math, how to use manipulatives when homeschooling young children and also provides ideas, skills lists and games for each area of math.
The math section has:
- lists of skills to teach for each category of math, such as measurement, teaching about pattern, graphing skills, and number sense
- explains how to homeschool preschool and kindergarten math with manipulatives
- teaches you how to increase your child’s math vocabulary