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My middle ds turned 4 in January and my mother in law is pressuring us to put him in the pre-k program at her school. My oldest ds started out in public school, therefore had all the basics when we started homeschooling him in the 2nd grade. He's now in the 5th grade.  Middle ds  sings his abc's and can count up to 40 but he can't recognize any letters or numbers when I show them to him. He can hold up how many fingers when I ask him to but he still hasn't caught on to the written ones.  I'm not sure how to start from the beginning with homeschool and we really don't want to put him in public school considering all the problems we had with it with my oldest. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions?

Thanks in advance. Any advice would be great !!

by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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Hi! really taught my oldest son a lot about his abc's. For my 4 year I printed off a lot of worksheets from Its free and I put the letter tracing ones in page protectors and bought dry erase markers. He is super stubborn about "learning " so its going slow but I think he knows more than he lets on. I have a lot of the same concerns because my oldest is in third grade and we are planning on starting homeschooling next year. My middle son will be 5 in October and hasn't gone to preschool at all.
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

My daughter would have done well with 100 Easy Lessons but my son could not sit still and look at it to save his soul. LOL

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

We HATED 100 easy Lessons.... We are fans of all About Spelling & All About Reading. I've looked at AAR and  wished we had had that one but DD is a GREAT reader.

we used LeapFrog DVDs.. Letter Factory and then Word Factory, played games with letter flash cards like lining them up and having her jump on them when I say the sound or having her jump and say the sound, putting them on the wall with sticky tack poter stuff- call one out and have her run up and pull it off. As she got more advnaced I would put the upper case on the wall, hold up the lower case and she had to find it's buddy.

We then went to BOB books and Dr. Seuss books for lots of rhyme and repitition and she did GREAT!

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Quoting mamabens:

start simple. there are tons of things you can print off to help. I agree witht he one who said  keep a poster of the abc's  for him to look at. That has helped my 3 yr old a ton, he actually knows more than I thought he did lol. We're starting with tracing pages for numbers & his name, to help him recognize them. I do not expect him to trace them at all right now or at the very least not even close to  doing it correctly, but if you start small he'll get it. Google free preschool worksheets. My son does great with  the ones where you count the objects & circle the number & of course the cut & paste ones. lol oh there's a website too that we used with the girls that helped thema  LOT.  I keep forgetting about it, but I'm gonna let my son work on there tomorrow a little. 

Thanks for the info on Never heard of it befoe, just went there. it's great!

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

ditto the one too! I use it daily for all 3 of my kids

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

 Personally we are putting our four year old who will be 5 in August in K5 this year so that he has the basics given to him by someone else. Once he has that, he'll be home schooled by me. (Many churches offer K5 programs or similar programs, so that you don't have to put them in a school setting.)

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