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At the beginning of this school year, we tried letteroftheweek.com. I figured it didn't really ask all that much and dd liked it at first. After 3 weeks, we changed to her playing on starfall.com, randomly letting her pick letters to learn, reading stories of her choosing (and a few of mine), playing games like Memory, various arts and crafts, and working with the Math for Youngers suggestions on rightstartmath.com. We've also taken the time to answer questions honestly and as on her level as possible (I'm pregnant, so 3.5 year olds are very curious!).
Even if she were older and we were recording our "homeschooling" days, it's amazing all that she's covered this year, at her own pace and choosing!
There has been a lot of things we have tried & ended up not liking!
PHONICS! As a whole subject!! Worked great with DS 1 failed miserably with DS 2. DS 3 is learning wonderfully by sight reading, and DS 4 will simply have to follow along!
Quoting 4quivers:PHONICS! As a whole subject!! Worked great with DS 1 failed miserably with DS 2. DS 3 is learning wonderfully by sight reading, and DS 4 will simply have to follow along!
YES, just last week in fact. I like eclectic homeschool almost like unschooling. I like going by their interest but always doing cross curriculum so math and reading daily. WELL DD doesnt respond well to that, I started a strict schedule and have now start more drill sergent like and she is going GREAT. Its so not me, but I have do what is best for her! I also tried a 'well trained mind' reading program that failed.
I tried teaching science from a science book but we started that in teh summer and the first lesson was about leaf rubings and there was no leaves to be found, so I put that away for now. Also, I used Horizons for K math, and after about 40 lessons I got rid of it. I did not like how it presented things and how it would present new things before mastering others. hannah does better with learning one new concept at a time rather than several. So for now, I have been printing off sheets from a site called softschools.com and next month I will be getting a math program, probably scott foresman. but not really sure yet as I need to do some more research into this.
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