Many five years old can feel different levels of separation anxiety when they are not with their families. The great news is that with homeschooling, you can avoid a lot of those problems. It can still be important to give your child short opportunities to have experienced without their normal support system around. This allows your child to practice problem-solving skills. Even more fun, these experiences give them stories to share when you are reunited again.
Other things that can be common to five-year-olds include:
Because age five is commonly the year for enrolling in kindergarten, parents who make the decision to homeschool can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the responsibility. Parents may ask themselves questions such as:
These are questions many parents who’ve chosen home education will have — especially if this is the first year they are homeschooling. One thing to keep in mind as you start the adventure of five-year-old homeschooling is that most kindergarten classroom activities are done specifically because they were designed for the instruction of large groups of children at once. Homeschooling a kindergartener doesn’t have to look anything like classroom learning. It can (and will!) take place inside your home, outside in nature, and in all kinds of other places.
There are no “set” hours you need to be learning, no specific set of guidelines about what you need to learn by a specific time and no one “right” way of teaching or learning.
It’s possible that the most important thing you can teach your five-year-old homeschooler is that LEARNING IS FUN. Homeschooling allows you the flexibility to not only customize education for your specific child but to use the learning process as a bonding experience for your whole family.
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