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I don't know where to start!

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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My daughter is 5 1/2 and would be starting kindergarten this year but we're homeschooling. My husband wants her to be homeschool but has dropped EVERYTHING on me because I'm the one who stays at home. I really do not have any experience with teaching (he has at least subbed). Now, I think I can teach her but I'm really overwhelmed with all of the website and stuff on homeschooling. We're also really strapped financially and can't really afford a curriculum. So, I could use any suggestions/advice/whatever. I've had a hard time getting much in the way of help from other homeschooling groups because so many seem to prefer to suggest curriculums. I live in WI and know that there really isn't much I'm required to do this year but I don't want her to fall behind either. She picking up a lot on her own but I want to expand that and start getting her ready for next fall when we really have to buckle down with the schooling stuff.

Janeen

Wife to John since 2003, Mom to Natalie (5), and Isabelle born July 20, 2010.

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usmom3
by BJ on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:43 PM

 If you have a computer with Internet & a printer you can homeschool for almost free. Also use the library & museums in your aria. I will list some great sites you can use.

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/bridge-to-reading.html

http://www.webrangers.us/index.cfm

http://www.learningpage.com/

http://www.theheadoftheclass.com/SplashPage/SplashPage.aspx

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.jumpstart.com/

http://www.time4learning.com/ ( this one is $20 a month but it is a good one to use if you can afford it)

Also playing with her & letting her help you do things like cooking & cleaning the house, she can learn so much from everyday life. The most important thing is to make it fun, kids that have fun with learning learn better than kids that don't.

sew4fun
by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Ok I am kinda wishy washy as far as what I want to do with my girl. I just have a hard time with her becuase she does not want to do anything but arts and crafts. One thing I know for sure I am going to do are the lap books and preschool kits that I found at homeschoolcreations.com . I know that it is preK but you can use them for ideas (once you see them ideas will start flowing ) and her blog has alot of resources for other blogs and such that have TONS of ideas. I also like 1plus1plus1equals1.com , her blog also does alot with babies  and toddlers but like homeschoolcreations her ideas are easy to adapt. Then there is also letter of the week. They have a curriculum for several ages and stages of learning and it is FREE.

sew4fun
by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I will also be doing things like play dough mats . I plan on having her make these with me and will do letters, numbers and words . Then make our own play dough and let her "trace" everything with the dough. Cooking is another thing we will be doing a lot of .

Penmom4
by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

 This is my first year also. My son is 10 and in 5th grade. I went to christianbook.com and spent $109.11 on

Math 5 Student Worktext (Third Edition)
Math Spectrum Flash Card Set
U.S. History Maps Grades 5-8+
Discovering the World of Geography Grades 5-6                                                                                                     Focus on the United States
Health & Safety Curriculum, Intermediate Edition
Spectrum Science, Grade 5
Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 5, 2007 Ed.
Spectrum Reading, 2007 Edition, Grade 5
Spectrum Spelling, 2007 Edition, Grade 5
Spectrum Writing, 2007 Edition, Grade 5
The Comic Book Bible

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Go=Go&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&N=0&Ne=0&Ntk=keywords&Ntt=Learning+Language+Arts&action=Search&cms=1&event=AFF&nav_search=1&p=1153286

I am getting tips from parents on cafemom and homeschool parents from my church.

 

 

 

Simply_Janeen
by on Sep. 1, 2011 at 12:47 AM

I'm very hesitant to look at any Christian curriculums because I don't know if it will fit in with my husband's beliefs. His religious beliefs are actually closer to Judaism than Christianity. So at the moment, I'm kind of avoiding those. I have gotten a number of things from Target from their $1 area but yeah, just not even sure what I should be focusing on. We're working on reading with her and on math but not sure where to go from there. I don't remember doing much science in kindergarten but I know too that kindergarten has changed a bit in 25 years...

Janeen

Wife to John since 2003, Mom to Natalie (5), and Isabelle born July 20, 2010.

romacox
by Silver Member on Sep. 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Children learn allot by doing things with them. 

Examples:

While going for walks teach them Sequencing

When she helps you cook have her cut an apple in 1/2 and 1/4, measure 1/2 cup of water ext.

Here is a link to allot of free lesson plans like this;  http://educators-space.blogspot.com/p/sight-map-of-articles.html

It is also very helpful to understand your little girl's learning style, and the different methods available. to you as a home educator. 

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oredeb
by on Sep. 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

 science- go outside and look for a bug or insect or animal, go back inside and look it up on computer(show her how if she doesnt know) look and learn about it together, let her draw it, find a picture on internet to color, help her write down stuff about it( you write what she says if shes not writing yet, find an art project that would go with animal or insect,

heres a scope and sequence site that will help you with what to teach at certain ages  http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study.html

just click on her grade level

Simply_Janeen
by on Sep. 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM


Quoting oredeb:


heres a scope and sequence site that will help you with what to teach at certain ages  http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study.html

just click on her grade level

Ah, thank you! This helps a lot! It will at least give me an idea on topics and things. Still not quite sure how to "start" you know as far as like a first day of homeschooling thing. I know, I probably sound corny, but that's one of the things I'm trying to figure out. Agh! Now I almost wish I had stuck with the education part when I was in college and stuck to elementary ed, it would have been SO helpful! At the time though, my husband was only my husband to be and we weren't really planning to have kids much less be homeschooling them. And what adds to the fun is I have a 13 month old who is in the clingy stage right now. So I have to work around her too. I know one thing I plan to do is take her to the Children's museum because we have a really good one here but it does cost money. I may have to look into a membership (maybe even make it a birthday request for DD).

Janeen

Wife to John since 2003, Mom to Natalie (5), and Isabelle born July 20, 2010.

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