As a single mom, I can totally understand why many moms are considering homeschooling their preschool aged children. Due to my accident, bad weather, and other reasons undisclosed I was unable to do this with my children. However, two of my good friends were able to help me out under my direction.
The Chalk Preschool Platform:
I found the site to be very easy to navigate. Right after you login, it brings you to a screen where you can select your child’s name.
Once you select your child’s name, you click “Go to School.”
This will bring your child to their classroom.
Once you’re in your child’s classroom, you will see the daily activities on the left. Each classroom’s lessons are geared towards your child’s age group. In each classroom, there are free online preschool activities including an art section which includes fun and easy crafts you can do with your child.
Another thing I liked was the Parent Portal. That’s where you can find Parent Learning videos, tons of real-life useful tips in the Advice Corner, and if you need any help at all you can always select the Give Feedback button.
I really liked the Advice Corner. In every family, there are struggles. Certain issues listed stuck out for me because of how my kids are. My kids almost hate bath time. I’ve seen many things on Pinterest for making bath crayons. So, I think that is something I will try. Bedtime is another struggle I have had with my kids. Moving into a new house where they can each have their own bedroom I know makes things differently from how things ever used to be. In the new house, the kids have a play room. So, that means no toys in the bedroom to distract them from going to sleep at night. My oldest child used to struggle with sensory issues and now my middle child has the same issues. I think incorporating sensory lessons through an online preschool curriculum will be very helpful for him.
From a 2 Year-Old’s Perspective:
Thomas is a very quiet child. He enjoys playing with children who are younger than him. Testing out an online preschool curriculum with him was fun. He would be a prime candidate for a homeschooled environment. When Thomas gets upset, he tends to have some meltdowns. While he was testing out the Chalk Preschool, his meltdowns were non-existent. This could just be the magic answer.
Thomas really enjoyed the free online preschool activities. He might not be much of a dancer, though. He liked to watch more than do. I think if he were given the opportunity to grow with the program that could change. Thomas really enjoyed watching the videos and they really seemed to hold his attention well. Thomas tried the tracing, but it was still a little too advanced for his motor skills yet. Squiggly lines was about the best he could do. He gets an A for effort, though.
While the videos did hold his attention well, there’s just one complaint I have. Putting things in full-screen tends to help kids get the whole picture as their little eyes are still learning how to focus on things. The Chalk Preschool videos exits from full-screen each time it goes to the next category. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it was a little frustrating.
Lastly, I wish the videos had captions. Not all kids and moms have the best hearing. Captions would help the kids who are able to read as well as the moms who are hard at hearing who want to follow along with their kids.
From a 4-Year Old’s Perspective:
Working with Kayde on the Chalk Preschool site using the online preschool curriculum was something different for her. Kayde attends a traditional preschool, but she still seemed to really enjoy the site. She loved watching the videos, but expressed her wish for games to go with the videos. Children these days seem to like technology and interaction, but they love games.
Kayde loved watching the videos and actually sat still through them all. She was told in the morning that after her actual school she would have online school. She was very excited and couldn’t wait to check out the free online preschool activities.
Overall, the site put a different spin on preschool. Kayde really liked it. If it weren’t for the social interaction she loves at school, this might make for a nice alternative for her. However, this is something that could be used to help keep her interested in learning on long weekends and summer breaks.
With the approval of a 4-year-old who attends a traditional preschool, any mom who is considering a preschool scenario they can do at home–Chalk Preschool should be the number one choice.
Connecting with Chalk Preschool:
If you want to feel a real connection with Chalk Preschool, I definitely recommend checking out their blog. It is also full of information. I really like their Healthy Eating section. I don’t like to overload my kids on sugary snacks. So, I try to come up with healthy alternatives for them. Also, if you’re looking for a peace of mind in being sure Chalk Preschool is the right fit for your child, be sure to check out the Chalk Preschool News Room. I also recommend staying up to date with them by liking Chalk Preschool on Facebook.