When to start?

Lexie - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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At what age did you start homeschooling your children? I know we teach them from the moment they are born, but at what age did you say...ok...time to start schooling?

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Kathleen - posted on 06/07/2011

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My son just turned 3 and we've begun an official homeschooling routine a few months ago and it's going well. It's only about 40 minutes a day but in addition to regular reading, counting and finding a "lesson" in everything we do, he's really developing well. Not sure still If we'll continue to homeschool in the future, still deciding. That's why I just joined this group.

Jeneva - posted on 04/11/2011

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I started when it was time to put my daughter (3.5) in preschool. We had already been informally teaching the standard stuff like letters, numbers, etc but when she started showing a real interest in learning about things and needing more structure, that's when I started (just last month, actually). My son (2.5) does a lot with us too.

Stephanie - posted on 02/04/2011

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Take a look at www.letteroftheweek.com they have things for preschoolers on the site. It is specifically for home school kids.

Tanza - posted on 08/31/2010

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Susan - it's important to research what the laws are in your state regarding homeschooling. Each state's requirements are a different.

Then there are numerous websites out there for Homeschooling - ones that offer virtual academies as homeschooling options, free or almost free homeschooling materials, large curriculum resources - i.e. Abeka, Tapestry of Grace, etc, unschooling, etc.

We started with a 'virtual academy' for the first 1/2 of our 1st year to get started. Then we filed as a private school here in CA and are using various sources for the different subjects we teach. Exposing your child will help them learn right off.

You have a great head start in researching the different philosophies, reasons why people homeschool, finding a homeschooling group in your area, etc.

Hope these suggestions help! Good luck, Tanza

Susan - posted on 08/31/2010

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My name is Susan and i just joined this group and was wondering where can i get information about home schooling or home learning my son is 2-1/2 yrs old and he is an only child and i am wanting to home school or home learn him what can i do or get information for this
Thanks for any advice

Tanza - posted on 07/19/2010

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Lexie - I think you decide what you are looking to teach and assess based on your child's strengths, interest, attention span, etc. Unfortunately we just started this last year with my then 6th grader and 3rd grader. Wish we had started early but glad we are there now! We've also decided to not call it 'school' and more but rather 'learning' due to the negative mindset/box the word 'school' puts on it all. Good luck!!! Tanza=-)

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