Focused Parenting and Emotional Support Is Critical If You’ve Chosen to Preschool at Home
So, you’ve chosen to preschool at home rather than send your child off to school. That makes a lot of sense, and more parents are choosing that path every year. You get more control and oversight of your child’s early learning, you don’t have to worry about school closures, and often virtual preschool is less expensive than in-person classes.
However, parents should be aware that there can be extra work involved with at-home preschool learning. Good parenting and emotional support are critical to ensure your child gets the most out of their virtual pre-K.
How You Can Support Your Child As They Learn At Home
1 – Focus on teaching life skills
These early years are the most important formative time in your child’s life. Now is the time to teach them about decision-making, thinking through their actions, and understanding the consequences of those actions. A thoughtful child will almost always grow into a thoughtful adult.
In particular, even if it might be hard, don’t be afraid to allow your child to fail at projects now and again. Trying, failing, then trying again and succeeding is one of the most important life skills they can learn!
2 – Lead by example
Remember, your child looks up to you and will see you as the single most important role model in their life. Take that to heart and try as best as possible to make your actions mirror the life lessons you’re teaching.
Look for opportunities to turn everyday activities into teaching moments. Encourage your child to be responsible, thoughtful, and respectful of others by doing the same.
3 – Emphasize health and safety
Bodily awareness and healthy living also start at a young age. Introduce your child to exercise early – and get involved with them! Likewise, monitor their eating and sleeping habits. Children need plenty of sleep and encouraging them to sleep well will hopefully let them avoid unhealthy lifestyles later in life.
4 – Offer emotional support
Communicate with your child while they preschool at home. Ask them about their lessons, and how they feel – and pay attention when they respond. Offering good emotional support helps them become better-adjusted as adults. In addition, it also encourages them to be aware of their own emotions, and they’ll be better at positively expressing those emotions.
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