When it comes to homeschooling, preschoolers can be a tricky bunch. On the one hand, they don’t need rigorous academics and formal instruction like their older siblings. On the other hand, they do need structure and fun activities that will keep them engaged. So what should you do if your preschooler doesn’t want to participate?

Embrace Playtime
You don’t have to do “school” all day long with your preschooler! In fact, when it comes to preschoolers, playtime is just as important as formal instruction. Try incorporating more free play into your day so your preschooler can explore their world and learn through play. This could include open-ended activities like playing with blocks or dressing up in costumes or structured activities like drawing pictures of favorite characters or playing board games together.

Games Are Your Best Friend 
Kids love to play games, and they offer an excellent opportunity for learning. For example, games like “I Spy” can help kids develop their vocabulary and observational skills. Board games can teach kids about teamwork, problem-solving, and counting. And interactive online games can help teach everything from shapes and colors to reading and writing.

Create a Sensory Learning Experience 
Preschoolers love to explore the world with their senses, so incorporating sensory activities can make learning more engaging and exciting. Use things like playdough, sand, water, or sensory bins with different objects to create a tactile experience that promotes learning. For example, you could bury letters or numbers in a sandbox and have kids dig them up to practice recognition skills. 

Keep It Short
When it comes to formal instruction with your preschooler, it’s best to keep things short and sweet. Try limiting each activity or lesson to 10 minutes or less so they don’t get bored (or start throwing a fit!). The key here is keeping things interesting and engaging; if you can make learning fun for them, they’ll be more likely to stay focused and engaged throughout the day. 

Make Time for Fun Learning Activities
There are plenty of fun ways you can incorporate learning into your homeschool routine without making it feel like schoolwork! For example, try going on walks around the neighborhood together while discussing different animals and plants you see along the way; practice counting objects while cooking a meal together; or explore science concepts by doing simple experiments at home (like making an erupting volcano out of baking soda). 

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Let Them Lead The Way 
The best way to get your little one excited about learning again is to let them lead the way. If they are not interested in the curriculum or activities you have planned, give them the chance to pick out something that interests them instead. It could be anything from coloring in a map of the world, to researching their favorite animal. As long as it’s age-appropriate, it could be a great way for them to learn something new while having fun at the same time! 

Mix Up Your Routines 
Another great way to add some excitement into homeschooling is by changing up your routines every now and then. If you usually start off with math activities first thing in the morning, switch it up and begin with reading instead! This small change can make all the difference in keeping their attention throughout the day—and if all else fails, there's no harm in taking a mental health day either!  

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Make It Social 
Preschoolers love to learn from their peers, so create a social and interactive learning experience. You could set up a favorite books corner where kids can read and share books with each other or have them work on group projects like creating a mural or building a tower with blocks. This creates a fun and engaging learning environment that promotes social interaction and teamwork.

There may be times when homeschooling doesn't go as smoothly as we'd like it to—that's ok! It's important that we remain patient and flexible when our children aren't interested in learning or seem unmotivated. Homeschooling should be enjoyable for both the parent and child; so try not to put too much pressure on yourself or your preschooler if things don't go according to plan one day - just roll with it! With a bit of creativity, patience, and lots of love, you'll be back on track before you know it.

Xx Jeni


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