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Homeschooling at age three?

Posted by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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New here! My name is Paget and my dd is three years old. Her name is Brielle. I want to start homeschooling her till this fall when she can start preschool.  I used to do daycare for ages three but that was so structured and most kids have been going to daycare since babies. This is totally different since I stay at home and things aren't so structured

I have been doing worksheets and flashcards with her for a few months now. I want to start catching her up and hopefully have her ahead of the class by fall. What is the best way to get her on the right track and not make me go crazy?

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rsrangel
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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At 3 they can learn best through play.  My boys didn't do any "school" at that age but I did let them do learning games on the computer, watch educational shows, arts and crafts and play play play, and they picked up a lot from this.   My daughter however (who is 3 and her middle name is Brielle by the way haha), looooves "school" and wants to do everything her older brothers do.  So I started all 3 of my little ones (ages 3, 4 and 5) on abcmouse.com and the "learn at home" kindergarten book and she is keeping up really well, and enjoys it.  My 5 year old is more advanced in some things like math and reading.  Then I have a 1st grader who does completely different stuff.   If either of the youngest ones doesn't want to do it, I don't make them.  In my opinion flash cards are boring and I would find different way to teach the concepts.  But my daughter does love worksheets so I do use those, but not all the time.  If she doesn't seem interested and would rather play then SO much can be learned from singing, games, pretend play, sidewalk chalk outside, counting McDonalds french fris before you eat them (my son loved when I did that with him), cooking together, etc. 

bmw29
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM
I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)
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wanderingwolf
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Kids in preschool/toddlers/babies learn best through play. Make learning a game and she'll learn while having fun. You can have her help you with putting away laundry (sorting by color, big/small), cooking with you (measurement, counting). 

P.V.Hawkwind
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM
Thanks! I will take the website a look. Only person she plays with is me. She is very hands on with other kids so I try to keep her away. The other children at work tend not to like it and are mean to her. I try the mom groups and they are rude and kind have a clique going and none of my friends are stay at home moms so it's just me and her for now.

Quoting rsrangel:

At 3 they can learn best through play.  My boys didn't do any "school" at that age but I did let them do learning games on the computer, watch educational shows, arts and crafts and play play play, and they picked up a lot from this.   My daughter however (who is 3 and her middle name is Brielle by the way haha), looooves "school" and wants to do everything her older brothers do.  So I started all 3 of my little ones (ages 3, 4 and 5) on abcmouse.com and the "learn at home" kindergarten book and she is keeping up really well, and enjoys it.  My 5 year old is more advanced in some things like math and reading.  Then I have a 1st grader who does completely different stuff.   If either of the youngest ones doesn't want to do it, I don't make them.  In my opinion flash cards are boring and I would find different way to teach the concepts.  But my daughter does love worksheets so I do use those, but not all the time.  If she doesn't seem interested and would rather play then SO much can be learned from singing, games, pretend play, sidewalk chalk outside, counting McDonalds french fris before you eat them (my son loved when I did that with him), cooking together, etc. 

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P.V.Hawkwind
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM
Thanks, we do all that and I think she is still behind. My friends kids go to daycare and they are starting to write I don't want her to be picked on or have to school suggest her to start special ed for her not being on para with the other kids.

Quoting bmw29:

I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)
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P.V.Hawkwind
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM
Thanks! I will start do games more often. I have been very bad about playing with her or interacting with her on that level.

Quoting wanderingwolf:

Kids in preschool/toddlers/babies learn best through play. Make learning a game and she'll learn while having fun. You can have her help you with putting away laundry (sorting by color, big/small), cooking with you (measurement, counting). 

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borgen0128
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM
My daughter was not ready for writing until around 4 1/2. Before that, we did things to prep her hands, but until children are ready, it is very difficult. My daughter just turned 5 and she writes in D'nealian font, and very beautifully if I say so myself!




Quoting P.V.Hawkwind:

Thanks, we do all that and I think she is still behind. My friends kids go to daycare and they are starting to write I don't want her to be picked on or have to school suggest her to start special ed for her not being on para with the other kids.



Quoting bmw29:

I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)

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P.V.Hawkwind
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

What things did you do to prep her hands?

Quoting borgen0128:

My daughter was not ready for writing until around 4 1/2. Before that, we did things to prep her hands, but until children are ready, it is very difficult. My daughter just turned 5 and she writes in D'nealian font, and very beautifully if I say so myself!




Quoting P.V.Hawkwind:

Thanks, we do all that and I think she is still behind. My friends kids go to daycare and they are starting to write I don't want her to be picked on or have to school suggest her to start special ed for her not being on para with the other kids.



Quoting bmw29:

I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)


bmw29
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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She's only 3. Most 3 year olds don't have the fine motor control necessary for handwriting. Don't work yourself up hon. She is just fine.

Quoting P.V.Hawkwind:

Thanks, we do all that and I think she is still behind. My friends kids go to daycare and they are starting to write I don't want her to be picked on or have to school suggest her to start special ed for her not being on para with the other kids.



Quoting bmw29:

I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)
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P.V.Hawkwind
by on Feb. 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Thanks!I just see my friends kids who are younger than her and are writing. I don't want to put her in school and they send us to a specialist or have her get sent to head start for her learning problems. 

Quoting bmw29:

She's only 3. Most 3 year olds don't have the fine motor control necessary for handwriting. Don't work yourself up hon. She is just fine.

Quoting P.V.Hawkwind:

Thanks, we do all that and I think she is still behind. My friends kids go to daycare and they are starting to write I don't want her to be picked on or have to school suggest her to start special ed for her not being on para with the other kids.



Quoting bmw29:

I wouldn't start formal schooling until at least age 5. Just play with her, talk a lot and give her real world experiences and she will do fine. :)


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