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When to start?.....New here

Posted by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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Hi, I just joined this group. I am interested in homeschooling, and i'm anxious to start. But I dont know where to begin. 

My DD is only 17 months, is she too young to start? I know she can't do worksheets or anything like that, but what activities would you reccomend?

Another question i have, if there are any Oregon homeschoolers, is there a site that gives a list of what the child needs to learn, or is reccomended to learn, by grade/age? The homeschooling site for Oregon, seems confusing to me.  And are there any legal hoops I'd need to jump through later on for the state? 


Thanks for any advice you may provide. 

in lovebaby girl


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mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Hello! Yes, there are several Oregon gals that I'm sure can help. 8)

That's very small to begin any sort of curriculum but doing theme weeks with fun activities would get the ball rolling. Letter of the week is very popular. Say you do a week on B then, you could practice drawing the letter (bonus if you use finger paint), blow bubbles, decorate paper bears, etc.

Learning to sing the abc's and stuff is also good. Kids at that age are just sponges and will learn so much just through life and play.

oredeb
by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

hi kitkat!!! in my opinion yes to young for academics or formal learning!

but not to young for play!!!

you have been teaching her all this time!!! shes been learning from you

you can have fun and teach her colors, etc!  do some art and crafts stuff, learning to use scissors, scribble on paper, run, sing, etc!!

im in oregon, where are you here? im not sure if there is a site for oregon that tells what kids need to learn, ive never followed one,

as for the hs law here it is  http://www.homeschoollegaladvantage.com/files/statelaws/2012/ORPacket2012.pdf

you dont have to do anything till your dd is 7, so you've got a long time yet!!

did you look here  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=72 i see what you mean its kinda all mixed up!hahahah

but heres a site that might help for when your dd gets older  http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study?wbredirect=1&Itemid=216 you can use this as an idea of what they can learn

*just found this!!!  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=54

kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Hi kitkat! So far the advice is great. At this age, you should just have a lot of interactive play. Children learn much faster and actually want to learn.  Drawing with dirt, sand, paint, bubble soap....these are very useful in helping learn numbers, letters and hand eye coordiination. Another great teaching tool is talking to your child and with your child every chance you get.  You can sit in the floor and pass one of those bouncy balls back and forth and say the names of the objects she is familiar with.  Use her toys as teaching tools. While you are cooking dinner, put her in her highchair or car seat and let her watch you cook. Talk to her about what you are doing at each stage. She will absorb everything. And you both will love the together time too.  All that bonding that will be going on is just another plus.  :)  You will do just fine. I assure you.  :)  If you have more questions, please, do not hesitate to ask. everyone here loves to help.  :)   

  

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kitkat316
by Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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Thank you everyone for your advice! I knew she'd be too young for any type of formal learning. But having themed weeks is a really good idea!

Again, thank you for the help. 

kitkat316
by Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM


Quoting oredeb:

hi kitkat!!! in my opinion yes to young for academics or formal learning!

but not to young for play!!!

you have been teaching her all this time!!! shes been learning from you

you can have fun and teach her colors, etc!  do some art and crafts stuff, learning to use scissors, scribble on paper, run, sing, etc!!

im in oregon, where are you here? im not sure if there is a site for oregon that tells what kids need to learn, ive never followed one,

as for the hs law here it is  http://www.homeschoollegaladvantage.com/files/statelaws/2012/ORPacket2012.pdf

you dont have to do anything till your dd is 7, so you've got a long time yet!!

did you look here  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=72 i see what you mean its kinda all mixed up!hahahah

but heres a site that might help for when your dd gets older  http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study?wbredirect=1&Itemid=216 you can use this as an idea of what they can learn

*just found this!!!  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=54

Thank you for the information. I'm in Medford. How about you? 

in lovebaby girl


oredeb
by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

 hey i was just down there about a month ago!! im from grants pass but we had to move up to portland for dhs work!!

Quoting kitkat316:


Quoting oredeb:

hi kitkat!!! in my opinion yes to young for academics or formal learning!

but not to young for play!!!

you have been teaching her all this time!!! shes been learning from you

you can have fun and teach her colors, etc!  do some art and crafts stuff, learning to use scissors, scribble on paper, run, sing, etc!!

im in oregon, where are you here? im not sure if there is a site for oregon that tells what kids need to learn, ive never followed one,

as for the hs law here it is  http://www.homeschoollegaladvantage.com/files/statelaws/2012/ORPacket2012.pdf

you dont have to do anything till your dd is 7, so you've got a long time yet!!

did you look here  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=72 i see what you mean its kinda all mixed up!hahahah

but heres a site that might help for when your dd gets older  http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study?wbredirect=1&Itemid=216 you can use this as an idea of what they can learn

*just found this!!!  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=54

Thank you for the information. I'm in Medford. How about you? 

 

katetheredhead
by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

welcome welcome welcome! I am new to Cafe Mom and homeschooling = so I don't really have any suggestions yet but I'm glad you are here!

Kate

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Welcome! I'm one of the moms who started homeschooling when my kids were around 2-2.5 y/o. I personally don't think it's ever too early to do educational play. It's all in the approach. I mean, you won't have a toddler sitting down doing worksheets (for the most part), but you can do educational play no problem!

I wrote some things you might find helpful...

http://kickbuttcrazylapbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=Pre-preschool - what I recommend for the pre-preschool crowd

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-young-too-young--1541795.html?cat=4

http://voices.yahoo.com/home-education-young-child-782315.html?cat=4

 Home Educators Toolbox  / Articles / Kicbuttmama's Crazy Lapbooks / Kickbuttmama's Home Education
Albert Einstein -- 
   "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." 

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM
Quoting katetheredhead:

welcome welcome welcome! I am new to Cafe Mom and homeschooling = so I don't really have any suggestions yet but I'm glad you are here!


Kate




Welcome to CM & This lovely group to you as well Kate!

 Home Educators Toolbox  / Articles / Kicbuttmama's Crazy Lapbooks / Kickbuttmama's Home Education
Albert Einstein -- 
   "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." 

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