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Old 02-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #21
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Check out 1+1+1=1, she had a ton of great stuff, most free. My DS isnt a sitter so Ive started with a goal of 10 minutes of "school" and I go through a couple of her preschool theme packs.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #23
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Re: Anybody homeschooling a preschooler?

My four year olds love the primers to Explode the Code, but I would think that three is a bit too young for them. I have heard great things about starfall.com, and that might be reasonable to start at 3. We listen to A LOT of audiobooks in the car, especially if we are going somewhere in the morning (I am NOT a morning person).
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I've used some of the stuff on 1+1+1=1!

Thanks for the tips, everyone!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:41 AM   #25
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We just read, read, read at this age. We do numbers, write our names, basic stuff that's free and play on starfall.com a lot (free). Other than that this is a good age for just play- based learning. Doesn't need a heavy schedule etc. fun age so just enjoy
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We tried a more formal approach even though all the experienced moms said it was unnecessary. They were right. I still try to guide his play but it's very relaxed. We play lots of games to practice counting, listening to directions and waiting your turn. We have go fish decks with letters instead of a traditional deck and we play it with the letter name or the sound they make. Lately he's been obsessed with our retractable measuring tape so we measure everything.

We read a lot. We go to storytime every week which he loves and that has really fostered an excitement to go to the library.

We do lots of fine motor activities. He loves playdough and painting and legos. Legos are great for math as well. I'll make patterns and have him keep the pattern going.
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Thank you for all of your responses!
I do love having her learn through play. Which is how we got to where we are now. She knows the alphabet and recognizes the letters, she knows her numbers to twenty and recognizes them, she knows shapes and colors, and she speaks well for her age (I think).
I just feel like she's bored. She's always asking questions and wants to know how things work.
I don't want to do a rigid schedule. I was thinking maybe an hour of "school work". Most of the stuff I was going to get her are DVDs and online games to use as her "curriculum".

Once again, thank you for all of the input!
Just take the time to thoroughly answer her questions. Play will teach her everything she needs to know. I personally love Starfall.com but if you're going to use it I would suggest investing in the $30 a year membership. It makes an enormous difference. I agree with a PP about reading as much as you can, and everything you can with her. Anything that catches her interest; talk about it. Have fun, and don't stress about it.
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What are they working on?
Patterns, writing letters and numbers, identifying more complex shapes, in addition to the fine and gross motor work that is an extension of his twice-weekly occupational therapy.

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Do you use a curriculum? If so, what?
We really like Letter of the Week and it worked well for our first, but he was not really thrilled by it so I've been making it myself and just running with whatever he's interested in at the moment.
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What subjects do they have?
Nothing formal, really. Daily we do a letter, a number, a shape, therapy work, and he listens in and takes part in my first-grader's history, health, and science.

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Also, how do you have things organized? How do you record grades? What do you grade? Do you have report cards?
I print off his work daily and have a 3-inch three-ring-binder where I keep his finished work. We don't grade. He does his work and I work with him to make sure it's done 'right,' but it's really just teaching and guiding him through concepts, not something to be graded.

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Should I start phonics with her? Or until kinder?
It's never too early to start phonics. We just start with each letter and what sound it makes. The LeapFrog refrigerator magnets with the ABC's has been an awesome starting point for all my kids as toddlers. They just play with it while I make dinner every night. Also, read, read, read! Never underestimate how much they learn purely by being read to.
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Patterns, writing letters and numbers, identifying more complex shapes, in addition to the fine and gross motor work that is an extension of his twice-weekly occupational therapy.

We really like Letter of the Week and it worked well for our first, but he was not really thrilled by it so I've been making it myself and just running with whatever he's interested in at the moment.

Nothing formal, really. Daily we do a letter, a number, a shape, therapy work, and he listens in and takes part in my first-grader's history, health, and science.

I print off his work daily and have a 3-inch three-ring-binder where I keep his finished work. We don't grade. He does his work and I work with him to make sure it's done 'right,' but it's really just teaching and guiding him through concepts, not something to be graded.

It's never too early to start phonics. We just start with each letter and what sound it makes. The LeapFrog refrigerator magnets with the ABC's has been an awesome starting point for all my kids as toddlers. They just play with it while I make dinner every night. Also, read, read, read! Never underestimate how much they learn purely by being read to.
Thank you for answering my questions so well! It's very informative and helpful!
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we officially started when DD turned 3. that's when we started doing workbooks together, talking about letters of the day, etc. We started with the alphabet, taking a day for each letter, then we did numbers 1-10, then i found a bible school curric for preschools and we went through that. it's all very casual, we would sit down and work for as little at 5 min together. i've ALWAYS incorporated art activities, cooking, or anything else creative into our schoolwork. now that DD is almost 4, we're even more structured. we are doing 1 bible lesson a week, learning a memory verse and character trait for the month, and again doing a Letter a Day. I'm going to break the alphabet up into sections and do Unit Studies periodically too. really you can take the simplest task and think "what subjects are we covering with this?" and you'll find you do much more than you first think.
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we officially started when DD turned 3. that's when we started doing workbooks together, talking about letters of the day, etc. We started with the alphabet, taking a day for each letter, then we did numbers 1-10, then i found a bible school curric for preschools and we went through that. it's all very casual, we would sit down and work for as little at 5 min together. i've ALWAYS incorporated art activities, cooking, or anything else creative into our schoolwork. now that DD is almost 4, we're even more structured. we are doing 1 bible lesson a week, learning a memory verse and character trait for the month, and again doing a Letter a Day. I'm going to break the alphabet up into sections and do Unit Studies periodically too. really you can take the simplest task and think "what subjects are we covering with this?" and you'll find you do much more than you first think.
Thank you, I'm leaning towards doing things similar to what you said :-)
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