Ok, next to my own boys and teaching them high school homeschool, teaching preschoolers is my next FAV thing to chat about! As you may or may not know...I run a childcare out of my home and teach basic preschool as part of my deal!
Most of our day is play but what you may not know, is that play is learning games for preschoolers!
My childcare motto is, Learning to Play and Playing to Learn! Why is that? Because just like homeschooling, kids learn best when done at their level. Preschoolers want to learn things like letters and numbers and colors but they are still kids and they want to play.
They use role play, imagination, learn sharing, taking turns, socialization and many other ways to learn during their daily play!
We sit down and discuss what color something is. We read a book aloud and then discuss what the next step might be, or where something has gone to. We draw a picture with crayons and I restrict colors and they need to use them as instructed. We build with blocks and count how many we are using. A simple game of hide and seek is counting, socialization, working as a team.
Play with the play kitchen and dolls is imagination and role play!
Puppets are imagination and creativity!
So the next time you or someone else says your child is just playing...NO, they aren't!
They are learning, they are growing and they are being kids!
At toddler/preschool age, homeschool is play!