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Hello Parents, I am new for home schooling. My daughter is 5.3 years. How can i make her to sit and learn like they sit at school. ---------------what magic u use?


by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

There really is no magic.  It's about knowing your kids well and being intuned to them and their needs.  Some kids can't sit and that's OK.  There's always an alternative way to teach them.  For our family learning (and daily living) is a cooperative effort.  

by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

That is the "magic" of homeschooling, you don't have to sit at a desk like you do at school! Kids don't sit in neat rows at desks and quietly do worksheets, and listen to the teacher at the front of the room because it is the best way for kids to learn, they do that because how else are you going to handle a room full of 25 kids and one teacher?

The magic I use is to have it not look like school. Instead of sitting at a desk writing spelling words on a worksheet we can be outside writing them with sidewalk chalk. We can snuggle up on the couch under a blanket to read. We can play games to practice math facts, etc. 

When it is fun and interesting your child is engaged and excited and there is no trying to get them to pay attention.

by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Take alook at some of the links here for ideas of how to teach things like reading/phonics without having to sit and do worksheets:

Growing Readers

Are you Growing a Reader? Homeschooling your early reader? No need to buy an expensive curriculum to get your child off to a great start at reading. Do you want to avoid tedious, boring worksheets and instead learn through engaging hands on activities and play? Here are a collection of links on teaching your child to read and write for free:

Sight Words or Phonics? How about a balanced approach?

Read some background on using a balanced literacy approach to teach your child to read. What does your Kindergartner need to learn in reading? See the list of Common Core Kindergarten Standards and links to activities to teach those skills to your emergent reader.

What do I need to Buy?

The short answer: nothing. You can do all of the lessons and activities here using books from the library and things you already have around the house like paper, pens, chalk, and index cards. In this post I suggest some possible things you can buy to enhance the activities. These are supplies that you will be able to use for years, not just for a couple of lessons. Manipulatives like a good set of magnetic letters can be used from preschool into elementary school, beginning with basic letter identification, on to phonics, building sight words, word families and complex multisyllabic spelling words.

Shared Literature

Read, read, read to your child. Reading aloud to your child is the best thing you can do to grow a reader. Go beyond reading aloud and teach your child reading skills while enjoying great literature! (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

Early Alphabet Learning and the Name Game

How to begin teaching the alphabet and other early literacy skills to your preschooler or Kindergartner. (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Words and Early Reading Skills

What you need to know to get started teaching your Kindergartner to read including a look at some of the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten reading. (Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

After you know about teaching sight words to your Kindergartner you are ready to move on to sentences. (Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Words Reading Books

Once you start introducing your child to the sight words he is ready for his first emergent-reader book. (Kindergarten)

Beginning Phonics for Emergent Readers

Once your child knows most of the letters of the alphabet and their sounds he is ready to learn to "sound out" simple CVC words. This post shows you lots of hands on multi-sensory ways to practice early phonics. (Kindergarten, First Grade)

Learn 37 Words and Know how to Read and Write Over 500 Words!

Your child can learn more phonics "rules" by learning several words with common letter patterns. When your child learns to make analogies and manipulate onset and rime they can quickly read and write hundreds of new words. These are better known as word families. (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade)
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

 hahahah jules, there is no magic that will make her sit! some kids like to learn by moving around, or sitting for a few minutes only, thats why we homescool so we can teach them how they learn!  so figure out how your daughter learns and teach her that way! for the best results and lots of fun!! let us know how it goes!

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Thank you every one for lovely answers. I think i need to read a lot.

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Lol my daughter is 6 and she still doesn't do well with sitting still. She has the personality of having to be doing something all the time. So I do things like let her color, draw, play with play dough while she listens to my reading. 

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