My son just turned 3 years old in October. Ironically enough even with his sensory processing disorder, he excels in many intellectual things. Often times kids like him have to compensate for what they are ‘lacking’ so for my son he makes up in his thinking and learning skills. He was evaluated for our local preschool program due to his sensory processing disorder and we were told that he wasn’t “at risk” enough to be accepted into their program. So, mama to the rescue! (Let me start by saying that I am not “that mom”. I envy my mom friends who are the momma who can home school and work and shop and live and still put make up on in the morning.) I decided that I would start a preschool at home program for me and my son to do!
This is idea was more achievable then I ever expected. Let’s say you want to put not even a single amount of ‘extra’ money into it, no problem! You can find nearly anything you need to hold a preschool like week in your house online for free. A lot of the online programs I found did require parent participation of some sort. At the least, you might have to buy some craft supplies but that can be done even at the dollar store! You can obviously take it a step ahead of all that and purchase actual work materials, but that isn’t needed.
I would like to think I’m taking a middle of the road approach. I purchased some preschool workbooks from my local retail store and am coordinating them with the online program I found. Basically, I’m following the curriculum I found online as a guideline. For example, the first week the program introduces the letter “w” for weather, which is the theme. So I went through my work books and found different papers that had to do with W and/or the weather. I have NO teaching experiences so this is all by the seat of my pants (which means you can do it too!). This would also be VERY easy to adapt for an in home daycare to do also. If you don’t have enough ‘extra’ cash to cover the expenses, ask daycare parents to provide you with the cost to cover the materials. I have never heard of a parent arguing to purchase something that can benefit their children. At most, I spent $30 on supplies (from workbooks, to pencils, to flash cards). The $30 will get us through the entire first year of this program we’re following. Obviously that cost would slightly increase with more children, however, some of the things you can purchase can be used with multiple children.
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