When I was younger, preschool means your family is capable of paying private schools, or at least that’s what I think it is. My siblings and I all went to public schools, from kindergarten up to college level. We cannot afford to be sent to preschool but we started kindergarten armed with the basic knowledge of education: reading, writing, and counting. We have our parents, siblings and the telly to thank for. Don’t raise your eyebrows at me, I learned a lot from Sesame Street and Batibot when I was younger. With the proper guidance, television can be a powerful source of information to kids these days.
I’m not sure if what my parents and siblings did can be categorized as homeschooling or is it simply called a tutorial. Heck, I am not even sure what’s the whole idea behind homeschooling (and unschooling). Whatever it is that you’d like to call it, I’m still thankful that I learned a lot from home, especially with the yellow ABaKaDa book. Too bad, I can no longer find a copy of that book, I would go crazy going over its pages with Una. I think the ABaKaDa book is an essential part of our learning experience. So if you can tell me where I can find one, I’d appreciate it. I remember my mom even covered my 2nd book with a plastic cover because my first copy was ripped to pieces by my younger brother.
Now that Una is 3 years old (and 2 months), I try to find ways to teach her at home. Though we can afford (sort of) some of the preschools near our place, it is still too expensive in our current budget and I am not that confident about the school’s reputation. So I’m trying to teach Una what I can at home.
At 3 years old, she can say her ABCs and count from 1-20. She is also familiar with most of the objects at home, some of the common animals and can follow simple instructions. I think it’s about time that we move on to other subjects such as reading, writing properly and adding words to her vocabulary. And I wanted to lessen her limited TV time.
Like I said, I have no idea how homeschooling works but homeschooling websites such as 1+1+1=1 offers a lot of preschool worksheets and ideas for toddler activities that you can download for free. We are still in a trial and error mode and I will be mixing and matching ideas from different websites to match with Una’s learning development. This is my way of preparing her to preschool — hah! did I just say that? — come June this year, or at least until we find a nice summer class for her next month.