While my older boys have had a ‘brick and mortar’ school experience, none of the boys went to a preschool. Instead, we did our learning at home. Even though I’ve ‘done it before’, I was excited to review The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live from Gryphon House.
About The Homegrown Preschooler
With more than 20 years of early childhood and homeschooling experience, Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards have authored a wonderful resource to help parents create a learning environment for preschoolers. Without creating a dedicated classroom, you can find exciting learning opportunities in everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden, with the easy-to-organize, simple-to-start ideas, advice, and activities as exemplified in The Homegrown Preschooler.
Inside the book, you will find a variety of organizational tips, recipes, and more than 200 easy-to-pull-together activities that homeschool educators can use to offer a well-rounded preschool education rivaling the best classroom experience. Convenient charts and checklists to document children’s growth ensure that there are no gaps in educational, social, or physical development.
The Homegrown Preschooler has a suggested retail price of $29.95.
Our Experience with The Homegrown Preschooler
I quickly read through most of the 224 pages over a few nights. I loved the style of writing for the book and how easy to implement many of the suggestions appeared to be. So many great ideas and encouragement in the pages had me wanting to read more and faster to see what else would be suggested.
I now have a long list of things to implement throughout this coming school year. I was hoping to get a few of the bigger items together during the review period (like having my husband build a light / sensory table for us), but had to table it for later.
What I have enjoyed this summer is finding more chances to turn everyday occurrences into a learning opportunity for J. Many of these are somewhat mundane chores around the house such as folding the laundry or sweeping the floor. I’d put off involving him in some of those tasks as I can do it much faster than he can. However, he is proving to be extremely interested in playing house and helping out his mama whenever allowed.
Reading this text also reminded me to start creating activity bags or boxes for him to do while his older brothers are doing their own schoolwork. Some of the activities are ones he can do alone (e.g. coloring) and others need mom or a big brother to help (e.g. a book to read or working with flashcards on learning the alphabet.) I’m considering taking this idea to the point of being day of the week specific for some favorite ‘toys’ (e.g. Legos) so that he has something to look forward to doing.
Another section of the book that caught my eye was on making many of the fun art products to use with the kids. I’d never considered making our own watercolor paint or even heard about painting with your tongue. How fun is that! I’m planning a major ‘art supply creation day’ this coming month to stock the cupboards with fun activities to get us through the long winter days.
For anyone wanting a nice cross section of ideas to have your own homegrown preschooler, this is a title you’ll want to read. I know that I’ll be referencing it often these next 2 years.