Homeschooling Preschool
Through 5th Grade

Are you homeschooling preschool or elementary school? Did you know that there are things you can do now to make sure they're ready for college when the time comes?

Even though college is many years away, it's a good idea to start planning early. Set goals for your child each year.

A College Prep Checklist

Focus on the basics.

Emphasize language and communication skills. Try to include the following ideas in your teaching plan. Read to your child often. Listen to audio books while your child follows along in the book. When she's ready, she can read to you. Then you can record everything she reads in a reading log.

Play games such as Boggle, Pictionary, and Scrabble, that allow the kids to have fun when they practice spelling and communication skills. Boggle Jr. is great tool for teaching the alphabet to your preschooler.

Try online games. The little ones get tired regular school work faster than older kids. They just can't sit still that long. Break up the monotony with these free online preschool and kindergarten educational games.

Teach good study habits.

Make sure she completes assignments in a timely manner. Show her that studying a little every day will help her learn the material and make better grades.

Teach organizational skills.

Start a routine early. Even though homeschooling is more flexible than public school, try to stick to your daily planner as much as possible.

Encourage your child to always do her best and earn good grades.

Encourage your child to try different activities.

Boy scouts and girl scouts would be a good place to start if you're looking for group activities for the little ones. Basketball, softball, music, drama, and art are other examples. Check out the Social Life page for more suggestions.

Encourage a foreign language.

When possible, enroll in summer enrichment programs.

Examples are theater, art, tennis, and other sports.

Keep a portfolio. Be sure to include the following:

  • Report cards
  • List of awards/honors
  • List of volunteer activities
  • Paid work
  • Sports
  • Other extracurricular activities

  • If your child doesn't have a social security number, apply for one.

  • Start saving for your child's college education.

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