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Old 05-29-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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I'm hoping I'm putting this in the right forum I want to homeschool my DS for pre-k (actually I have no choice because my money tree has not grown and I do not have $8,000 to shell out for a pre-k that will teach him nothing anyway) So what do you mamas suggest? My DS does not have a long intention span. Actually it is near non-existant at one minute but I have figured out how to work around that so I'm pretty confident. He would so love to learn to read too, so any suggestions there would help too

I'm trying to find out from my school district what he will need to know for Kindergarten and I believe he has to know the alphabet, write, read somewhat, numbers, count, colors, and shapes but I want to double check.

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Old 05-29-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Are you saying you want to homeschool prek and then put him in school for kindergarten?

I can't believe there are so many requirements for entering kindergarten! That's ridiculous! I homeschool and I don't do anything formal for prek. We read to them, play with them, teach them colors, numbers and shapes through play (this works very well ), etc. They learn so much through regular play, reading to them, and daily life.
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Old 05-29-2006, 04:06 PM   #3
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As I understand they should know the alphabet and be able to print letters, upper and lower case. They do not need to know how to read. I would think numbers, colors, and shapes would be learned through play, maybe some "educational" play. My mom is a pre-K teacher and what she does is not particularly intense--pretty much what Sheila describes but in a school setting (it's a public school program).
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Old 05-29-2006, 04:26 PM   #4
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You can teach letters (upper & lower case) and their sounds by forming them with playdoh or by tracing them in sand on a cookie sheet.

Numbers, colors & shapes can be learned all around him if you point them out!

How about getting the Preschooler's Busy book for activities to do at home.

If he's a worksheet kinda boy, which mine wasn't, you can get some nice workbooks at a teacher supply store. Whatever you do, don't push him. I pushed my dd too early and it backfired!
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Old 05-29-2006, 06:15 PM   #5
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They have to take a test or something to get into K? I thought K was were you learned to the alphabet and how to print.What if they can't do it? They can't go?
We home school and used for Pre-K. it is free.
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Old 05-29-2006, 06:27 PM   #6
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I read that the most important thing to teach young children before reading and writing is how to interact...sharing and being nice to others. Kids can learn to read and write very early if you want them to, but it doesn't make any significant difference in the long run if they learn later, but kids that have problems associating have bigger problems down the road. Makes sense to me.
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Old 05-29-2006, 06:33 PM   #7
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We're doing Before Five in Row and Little Hands to Heaven from now (age 2) to pre-K. Once Zane shows readiness I'll do Handwriting Without Tears. I do LOTS of teaching while we play. Today he was doing a new puzzle. It has a tractor, a truck, a tricycle and a car. We talked about the colors, how many wheels, what each vehicle does, little/big, truck, tractor and tricycle start with t, this is a little t, this is a big T, car begins with c... that he rides a tricycle, farmers drive a tractor, daddy drives a truck.. you get the picture.

I think as long as you're teaching he'll learn fine. There is so much to learn in everyday life. Read to him, ask him questions about what has happened, what might happen, etc. Count objects, point out letters and words. Give lots of "craft" time, short fat crayons, paper, scissors, glue sticks, hole punch, Play-doh, finger paint, etc. Take him lots of places, museums, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, farms, etc. Expose him to anything and everything that will enrich his mind.

One thing I read that sounds interesting, when having a child trace a letter or number with their finger have them use both the pointer and middle. The middle finger is suppose to have a stronger connection to the brain.

Zane's development doc (he was preemie) says kids should use short, fat crayons (break the new ones in half). It teaches them how to properly hold a pencil. has reviews of curriculums and a great forum for asking. Plus the internet is FULL of free/low cost options. I subscribe to Mrs. Alphabet (have for years). She has links to tons of cool stuff. Nearly all books can be found used (almost as good as fluff in the mailbox, lol).
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