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Posted by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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So my DD is 4...We are homeschooling...well trying to...I started out making my own curr...Well DD loves it...but it's because it takes like 15 min and she thinks it's fun....She's quickly "falling behind"...she was a preemie causing her to be a bit behind on things and while she is beyond smart it's more wit and sass than book smarts...I am looking for a free or very cheap curr... I spent most of my HS budget on what i created.. I don't want to do things that are online...such as abcya or abcmouse...I'm looking for a full curr. Any and all suggestions would be great!

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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

 Are you okay with getting printed curriculum from online?  Like http://allinonehomeschool.com/

or http://letteroftheweek.com/

Both are pretty good curr for LO's

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I don't have full curr ideas other than using your library for things like dvds (preschool prep) and read along books on CD

kirbymom
by Sonja on Sep. 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM
I would suggest getting some activity books from your local stores and placing them about the house in places she would look. The more she feels like she is having fun the more likely it is she will pick up the learning objectives.
lovelylady83
by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

dd is 4 I would look at sonlight 4/5 package... its christian curriculum but you can just leave the god part out if you don't subscribe to it... thats what we do


KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Why do you feel a 4 yr old is falling behind?   What do you consider behind at this age?
 

haylemoon
by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

 

She doesn't recognize or know any of her letters or numbers...she's only counting to 8...sometimes 10.....She does know most of her colors and shapes...she's not writing any letters...she's getting better at tracing though...and her coloring is all scribble...

Quoting KrissyKC:

Why do you feel a 4 yr old is falling behind?   What do you consider behind at this age?
 


 

usmom3
by BJ on Sep. 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM
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 It is not going to hurt her if she is not proficient in any of that at her age. What is important is that you keep learning fun & engaging for her, if you start to make learning work for her she will no longer wish to do it. All of that will come in time as long as you read to her & interact with her & are ready with the tools she needs when she is ready to do those things.

Quoting haylemoon:

 

She doesn't recognize or know any of her letters or numbers...she's only counting to 8...sometimes 10.....She does know most of her colors and shapes...she's not writing any letters...she's getting better at tracing though...and her coloring is all scribble...

Quoting KrissyKC:

Why do you feel a 4 yr old is falling behind?   What do you consider behind at this age?
 

 

 

 

haylemoon
by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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We actually plan to use sonlight starting in K...

Quoting lovelylady83:

dd is 4 I would look at sonlight 4/5 package... its christian curriculum but you can just leave the god part out if you don't subscribe to it... thats what we do

 


 

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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Ok...

You just described my current kindergartener when she was four.   Her older siblings knew more, but she was more physical and social than they were.   

She is 5 1/2 now,. and academics are still not her strong suit, but she's obviously learning.   We have only really been "doing school" for five weeks with her.   I puttered around with preK, but she wasn't overly receptive so we waited for her readiness.

If you go into this journey feeling like your child is behind, you will unintentionally push and make it really hard.   She will go backward instead of forward.

Just relax.   There's no real reason she has to know her letters or count past 8 right now.   Just include lots of opportunities to learn through play and maybe research on various learning styles.   Try different approaches until you find which one works best with her and when she's ready, she will take off.



Quoting haylemoon:


She doesn't recognize or know any of her letters or numbers...she's only counting to 8...sometimes 10.....She does know most of her colors and shapes...she's not writing any letters...she's getting better at tracing though...and her coloring is all scribble...

Quoting KrissyKC:

Why do you feel a 4 yr old is falling behind?   What do you consider behind at this age?
 





maggiemom2000
by Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Your 4 year old is not behind because she does not know letters/numbers yet.

Here are some links to lots of hands on, engaging ways to teach letters etc.

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)
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