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If you didn't do a letter of the week curriculum what did you do?

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What did you do with your pre schooler? Theo will be four and mostly we will focus on educational play but I will become a bit more schoolish with him.
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

We used Ann Ward's "Learning at Home." It is still my favorite curriculum of all our years of homeschooling. We used that for K4, Sonlight P4/5 for K5, and Sonlight K for 1st grade. We switched to Heart of Dakota for 2nd, and I plan to use that until she graduates.

by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM
My son loves Kumons workbooks. He is a weirdo, but loves his workbooks (we do the cutting one which is a lot of fun, and it has been a shock to see how much of a challenge it is for him, and how hard he concentrates on the task. Additionally we use the uppercase letter book and the cutting and pasting one. I didn't love the numbers one).

Since it is summer and I am 30 weeks pregnant, I haven't been doing much, we have been doing more outings than anything, but heading back into fall, I am thinking that I will be doing a theme based curriculum. My son seemed to enjoy topics rather than letters (so, frogs, plant cycles, planets, the ocean, weather, etc.)
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Leapfrog is our favorite movies. We do both(letter of the week and leapfrog and

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

I didn't do letter of the week. We watched leapfrog DVDs, played letter and sound gales and eventually learned them all. LOTW was took slow!

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