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how young is too young for homeschool?

Posted by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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As I am gathering everything needed and establishing lesson plans for my son to start kindergarten; both my son and my daughter are getting excited. We start next month! But my daughter is only 2 1/2 (she turns three in Nov.). All of my planning has been focussed on kindergarten instruction. But my daughter seems to want to participate too. Should I do any pre-k lessons for her? Or just let her color the whole time? She colors or paints everyday, its her favorite thing to do. 

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NoraDun
by Member on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Well in my opinion everday from birth is a learning experience. We are always teaching them something. My oldest is 7 and we decided to homeschool him this year. So I have decided to homeschool my soon to be 4 yr old Kindergarten because he is already on grade level. My plan is actually to teach both my boys social studies and science together because my youngest is actually on the same level as my 7 yr old is as far as comprehension, and processing goes. So I believe he can actually learn and understanding on the same level the same lessons (My oldest had hearing loss until he was 3 1/2 yrs old. So he is still catching up with his peers as far as processing and understanding goes) Then as far as reading, writing, math etc my oldest son and youngest son will do seperate. But because my 2 yr old loves to learn I am gonna to teach her as much of those subjects as she can handle. When she wants to participate I will let her. When she doesn't its Daddy's job to play educational games with her. So she will be learning to. She will be learning preschool and K along with my almost 4 yr old. And she will be sitting with us during the social studies and science. She may not get the concepts yet but she will enjoy the lesson and I bet she will catch on to some of it anyway LOL Hope that all makes since! So yes I say go for it and let your daughter learn as much as she is willing to!

debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Get her a few worksheets.  My dd just turned  2 in April. She wants to do school because her older sisters do it.  I get dollar store workbooks and worksheets for her.  She has her own pencil box and a box of blocks, books and noodles with yarn, and bubbles to play with if she doesnt want to do workbooks or sheets.   I also include her and my 3 1/2 year old in circle time where we sing and read and go over the calendar and the weather.  They also help care for the animals we have in the classroom area.  But if they get to bored or really dont want to do it I send them to the playroom or my sons room to play or watch a movie.

Boobah
by Nikki :) on Jul. 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM
I made second copies of my older dd's worksheets sometimes because my younger one wanted to do the same thing sissy was doing. Obviously she just scribbled, but she enjoyed it.
But I also had activities for her that were her age, as well as plenty of games and toys she could reach/play on her own. In the beginning we did citcle time and I read her kind of book during that time, and talked about colors, numbers, shapes. So we would start off with the younger girl, get her entertsined, then move on to first grsde work.

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tiredmomfor2
by **Lyndsay** on Jul. 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM
Hmm..too young to homeschool would probably mean they are still in the womb ;o) hehe
My dd was the same way when her brother started prek-K..so I just included her. She sat in on his lessons and colored the same pictures..plus I did her shapes and colors with her. She is now 4.5 and reading! :o)
oredeb
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

 hi mrs, oh yes include your young daughter!! they learn so much just by being there watching or coloring or playing, make her up a little booklet of worksheets, with coloring stuff or just some easy stuff she can do IF she wants to, dont force her! but she'll feel like shes part of your homeschooling that way. any kind of games you do with son let her be involved, even if she doenst do them right, its ok,  when your reading to son always include her,

heres a couple sites that have some good pre pre school stuff!! things like lines to follow etc, you can teach her what shapes are, colors are, maybe try showing her the letters of her name, teach her some songs, dance with her, do lots of arts and crafts with both of them

http://www.starfall.com/ an online program, dont force her, only if she wants to games

http://www.first-school.ws/ coloring pictures etc

http://www.everythingpreschool.com/

http://prekinders.com/

http://www.tlsbooks.com/preschoolworksheets.htm

http://itsybitsylearners.com/

 http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station.shtml

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/index.html

http://prekinders.com/

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/

http://www.letteroftheweek.com/

http://www.learningpage.com/

http://www.kidslearningstation.com/

http://www.earlychildhoodprintables.com/free.html

dont forget file folders!! kids love em!!

 

mrs.musquiz
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Thanks Ladies for all of the advice!

pixydustmommy
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This is how I ended up with a 4.5 year old doing 1st grade! He picked up a lot just from listening, but last year (almost 4) he wouldn't leave me alone until I let him do "real schoolwork", so I gave him a kindergarten mathbook and a pencil and he began doing the work (with me telling him the instructions), then a week later it was "Mommy, teach me to read", so we began with reading. We didn't do it every day, just when ever he wanted to (and when he wanted to it could mean 10 pages of math in a day!). I'd say that he averaged 2-4 days a week. Now at 4.5 he's doing 1st grade math, english, spelling, and reading!

I would get hera workbook and let her do what she wants when she wants. It's never to early for learning letters, numbers, order of things, patterns, colors, and shapes. Just don't pressure her and she should do fine!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

 I will have to agree with everyone else. There really isn't a time when being young is too young to learn.  Even when I was pregnant, I was "teaching" my kids by talking to them and helping them to be able to recognize my voice and that I was their mom.  When I played music, I was teaching.  Everything we do is teaching, whether we intend it or not. Kids are always processing and learning even when they aren't in active school mode.  That is why homeschooling, imho, is the best place to educate our children.  So, yes, let your daughter sit in on your lesson times and even have her do some of her own, if she is willing.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how much she will pick up even though at the time, it may not look like it.   Oh, btw, you will do just fine.  : )

tiredmomfor2
by **Lyndsay** on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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One day my sson(5 at the time) was having issues remembering a letter (he really struggled to learn to read) I was getting frustrated asking him what it was..he kept saying he didn't know, even though I had just told him. Dd (had just turned 3) looks at him in a very annoyed look and goes. " It's an M Bubby. It makes the MMM sound!' Rolls hers eyes gets down and stalks away! Lol i about died.
debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I can so see my 2 year old doing that to my 3 year old in another year or two.  That is cute.

Quoting tiredmomfor2:

One day my sson(5 at the time) was having issues remembering a letter (he really struggled to learn to read) I was getting frustrated asking him what it was..he kept saying he didn't know, even though I had just told him. Dd (had just turned 3) looks at him in a very annoyed look and goes. " It's an M Bubby. It makes the MMM sound!' Rolls hers eyes gets down and stalks away! Lol i about died.


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