home school

Kandace - posted on 08/05/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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after a lot of research I have made a decision to stay home and home school my children. im not looking for any objections but for people to help me with this process like what I need to do by the state and how to start. my daughter is three and im having another in nov. she knows how to count up to 100 and her full alphabet as well as animals and the asl for most. she can add and subtract but she also looses focus and right now we live in a room with no ac so frustration is killing us. but aside from all that I just want to know what I need to do and maybe a curriculum that works best for most younger kids with wondering minds :)

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Stephanie - posted on 08/12/2013

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You can contact a pre school in your area and ask them about it. Or call the school board and ask them what to do. I know of families who use public school curriculum and some who pay a fee for a curriculum of a private school. Some mothers teach un-schooling, where the child leads the way, and there is no curriculum.
To start, I would contact the school your daughter would be going to if you weren't home schooling and ask some questions. :)

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Lisa - posted on 08/20/2013

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Good for you! Homeschooling is a great adventure!

A very good website to know is hslda.org. They have lists of the requirements for each state.

PreK is super fun! You don't need much structure. Focus on creative play, with emphasis on shapes, animals, seasons, insects, how a tree grows, rescue vehicles, food groups, and things like that. When you pick a topic, read stories about it, play games, make crafts and pictures, have fun! When you feel like you've exhausted everything you can find on a particular topic, pick a new one and keep going!

Reading lots and lots of picture books is important. Go to the library every two weeks or so and check out a whole basket of story books and kid books about any subject that interests her. pick a special reading time and maybe a special reading spot to cuddle and read out loud to them.

It's a little early, but kumon has some good PK workbooks that emphasize simple activities like cutting, folding, tracing etc. These are good for the development of eye hand coordination and just getting her used to the idea of doing workbooks.

There are curricula you can buy (that can be expensive!) but there are also plenty of companies that just sell school books. There is no reason you can't choose them and buy them yourself. I started out with Calvert, but I have buying my own books for about 8 years. You have about two years before you are going to need more than I've outlined above, take your time, do the research and decide what you want.

Good luck!

Kandace - posted on 08/09/2013

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Thank you I try, I know I can do more for her but I don't even know where to start

Stephanie - posted on 08/07/2013

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Let her mind wander! The great thing about homeschooling is that you can tailor your daughters schooling to her needs and learning style. Sounds like she is a very smart girl, and you are a great teacher for her! Don't stress about taking a little time off, consider it a school vacation. Another great thing about homeschooling, you take your vacations whenever you want, not when the public schools do. Also, I have heard that most homeschooling families have three day weekends, taking Fridays off, or as a field trip day.
You daughter is ahead of her peers, it sounds, don't be stressed!

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