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Starting homeschool soon...tips, advice, warnings??

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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Startng in Aug. I will be homeschoolng my soo-to-be 4 year old DD.  My DH and I's plan is that she will never actually know what it's like to be in PS.  I'm starting with pre-k, since it's not requied in Ga and I can get the hang of teaching my child and balance the rest of life and kids.  Any advice, tips, curriculum suggestions, warnings (LOL)?

Thanks in advance!

Jenn

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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 Big warning KEEP IT FUN the best way to keep them wanting it is to make it fun & engaging all the time!

Precious333
by Julia on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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At that age we played games :) and i would read a lot, use lots of manipulatives, and toy my child liked we would turn into a learning game :)
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romacox
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Welcome Haylemoon, 

welcome to cafemom

You are starting at the perfect age, before they get turned off to education in the P.S.  Following is an article that will be helpful:

How To Home School The Pre K Student (no curriculum needed)

The following article will help you once your daughter starts Kindergarten

How To Home School (The Basics)

oredeb
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

 warning!

if you start you'll never want to stop!!!

some people become curriculum junkies!!

homeschooling becomes a way of life!

your living room/diningroom might end up with books,science projects, paper all over it

everything turns into a homeschool lesson!

you might never get dressed again!(wearing pjs all day)

your  4 yr old could recite the gettysburg address at parties or family functions

 

 

oredeb
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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 curr sugesions, dont use any!!

 ideas

http://homemade-school.blogspot.com/ 

 http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/9477/starting-to-read

Teaching preschool, kindergarten and younger! 

You don't have to buy a curriculum to teach your preschool-kindergarteners, use what you have at home 

There's letter of the week, and there's starfall.com 

You can read to them, teach them songs, dance with them, play, read poems to them, teach and show them that learning is fun!! enjoyable! 

Do arts and crafts with them (I did this with my kids at 4 and 5 they learned so much, and that's all we did! Read and arts and crafts!) 

Handwriting- let the kids paint on large paper, paint pictures, color, draw large letters of theirs names and let them paint them! Let them use a stick and write in the dirt, in the sand, etc 

Phonics- (if they are ready, don't force them!) do the sites above, refrig magnets letter on a metal cookie sheet, teach her the sounds of her name if it's easy! Using index cards start with simple letters, write d on one card a on another and d on another one, m, o, same way! Just simple stuff at first, put abcs on the wall, when the kids learn a sound look for items in the house that start with it,etc but make sure they want to learn to read and don't force it. When they read their first word make a big deal out of it! Be encouraging!  

math- count bugs, buttons, silverware, socks, rocks, let them see that each item has a number(that will help the kids later in math)  Show substraction  by gathering 2 rocks and take 1 away and now there's 1 left! simple things, put numbers on the wall, colors,  as they start to learn counting, gather items together found in house or outside and let them count them. 

Science- nature walks(even if you don't have a yard, take a walk on the sidewalk)!! bring a drawing pad, and crayons, look for bugs, animals leaves, rocks to draw and talk about , and when you get home look them up on internet and check out some library books, let the kids dig holes, teach them to feed your animal, look for birds, watch the clouds, look at the stars at night, 

History- talk about your family with the kids, draw them a simple map of where you live, then follow it by walking! 

well those are some ideas that I did with my kids, and it didn't cost hardly anything, so you don't need a curriculum to teach your kids!  

All the above only takes about an hour or 2 a day and that's all they need, since its one on one!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

haylemoon
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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Thanks everyone!  I'm excited to start with my DD.  As of right now curr. wise i'm looking at AOP Horizons.  I want some sort of Curr. only as a guideline and ideas.  So far, all i've actually purchased are workbooks from the dollar tree.  I had them laminated so we can use dry erase markers and use them more than once. 

QueenCreole313
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

1. Have fun. 

2. Be flexible.

3. Have fun! 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Hi hayle. :)  

If all you are wanting is just a guidelines set up and ideas, then why not use the free curriculum on the internet? There are websites that have free curriculum and use a guidelines set up. You could also use ideas from other websites to help facilitate your own schooling ideas. :)  

Quoting haylemoon:

Thanks everyone!  I'm excited to start with my DD.  As of right now curr. wise i'm looking at AOP Horizons.  I want some sort of Curr. only as a guideline and ideas.  So far, all i've actually purchased are workbooks from the dollar tree.  I had them laminated so we can use dry erase markers and use them more than once. 



mrs.hartman12
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM
No advice but hi! I also have a 4yo dd and we are new too!
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oredeb
by on Mar. 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

 hi hayley

heres some sites for just in case you need something extra besides the curr!

preschool -1st grade sites

 

http://www.kids-pages.com/

http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/file-folder-games/

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

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

http://www.childcareland.com/matching.html

huge sized letters and numbers for the wall http://chubbiecubbie.com/abc123printables.htm

some of this stuff costs, but most of it doenst and theres some neat stuff for helping kids learn! http://www.kidsparkz.com/themes.html

some science for preschool - 1st grade neat site http://www.teachpreschoolscience.com/lessonplanindex.html

Starfall

First-School

Everything Preschool

Christian Preschool Printables

PreKinders

Preschool Printables

TLS Books

ABC Teach

Itsy Bitsy Learners

Preschool Express

Making Learning Fun

http://prekinders.com/

http://kinderthemes.com/

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/

http://www.billybear4kids.com/

http://www.mes-english.com/phonics.php

http://homemade-school.blogspot.com/

http://www.tlsbooks.com/

http://oldfashionededucation.com/

http://www.learningpage.com/

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

http://www.mrsjonesroom.com/teachers/worksheets.html#other

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

http://www.amblesideonline.org/

http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/

http://www.letteroftheweek.com

http://www.kidslearningstation.com/

http://www.kids-pages.com/

http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/file-folder-games/

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

http://www.childcareland.com/matching.html

huge sized letters and numbers for the wall http://chubbiecubbie.com/abc123printables.htm

some of this stuff costs, but most of it doenst and theres some neat stuff for helping kids learn! http://www.kidsparkz.com/themes.html

some science for preschool - 1st grade neat site http://www.teachpreschoolscience.com/lessonplanindex.html

http://www.progressivephonics.com/

http://www.sproutonline.com/

http://www.pbskids.org/

http://www.nickjr.com/

http://www.abcmouse.com/

http://www.educational-freeware.com/news/best-literacy-websites.aspx

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.readinga-z.com/
http://www.razkids.com/

http://www.storyplace.org/

http://www.abcteach.com/

http://www.lil-fingers.com/index.html

http://www.poissonrouge.com/

http://www.iknowthat.com/FT/index.html

http://www.studydog.com/

http://www.uptoten.com/

http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

http://www.kidzui.com/

also heres a grade level and what kids supposedly need to know chart!


Preschool
Kindergarten
Grade Level 1
Grade Level 2
Grade Level 3
Grade Level 4
Grade Level 5
Grade Level 6
Grade Level 7
Grade Level 8
Grade level 9
Grade Level 10
Grade Level 11
Grade Level 12

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