27 Jun, 2021 07:22 PM

We are considering homeschooling our children...?

our oldest just turned 3 and I would really like to home school her I was wanting to find out from other parents how to go about starting her at preschool level. She already knows her shapes, colors, letters and there sounds, and we are in the process of numbers 1-20. Other then the basic things like the ones

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27 Jun, 2021 07:23 PM

With young children, they learn best by hands-on activities and playing instead of formal lessons. They only have 15-20 minute attention spans, so having a wide variety of activities is useful. Play games like Candy Land, Hi-Ho-Cheery-O (counting), sorting activities, etc. Cards are another fun way to learn. Teach basic games like Go Fish, Old Maid, and War. Puzzles are good. Read quality children's literature to them and ask questions about what you are reading.

Christian Light Education sells a couple of basic activity workbook sets. My kids really enjoyed going through them. They can be done in any order. I just let my children pick which pages they wanted to do. It worked much better than a scripted, structured curriculum. There's the Beginner's Activity Set $8 for 4 workbooks and the ABC Readiness series $22 for 6 workbooks and a Bible reader or $17 without the reader. The Readiness series is harder. I used them for the first half of kindergarten before moving on to their Learning to Read program.

WinterPromise has a few programs for younger students. Their programs are literature based and usually center around theme like world cultures, history, or animals. They include reading books as well as activity books. I've used their programs for our social studies up to fifth grade and we really enjoyed it. Sonlight offers similar literature based programs for preschool up through high school.

Source(s):homeschool mom of 2

27 Jun, 2021 07:23 PM

It is much easier than you think: if you're like me, you did public school with no homeschooling exposure, and you might have a concept about the amount of work teachers did. Reevaluate your mind: even the K teacher had twenty kids to teach and you have only one. six hours in a day divided by twenty? You get the idea. Homeschooling is a significant advantage, and I say any stay at home parent who might enjoy teaching should absolutely do it: it keeps me sharp (History lessons actually teach me stuff) and the kids go faster and follow their interests than they would in the learning-factory.
Keep the way you are going. You obviously have a perfect start.
My favorite programs for preschool/K were
Writing: Handwriting Without Tears (My three kids LOVE the little letter chalkboard: my 2.5 yr old is learning a letter a day on it, and laughs with glee after she does each letter!)

Reading: Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons (cheap on Amazon - best time-proven phonics program out there. 100 lessons, reads stories from the beginning and reading at grade 2 level by the end)

For number/color learning, board games cement it and give that 1 on 1 time all kids need. Keep the TV off (we do nature shows on netflix and don't bother with cable - the news comes over antennae)

Go to the library and get a heap of books every so often. Renew them once or twice until the kids ignore the basket, then you can go again.

Expand when and how you and the children want. We just started spanish. I am teaching them the penny tin whistle.

Source(s):My oldest boys is 7 and halfway through second grade (he would be starting public second grade in the fall if I'd done that route). He is actually third grade or better in reading, science, and math. Reading because he loves it, math because he's really good at it. We go at his pace.
Starting at age 5 I started doing a firmly scheduled "school" at 9am M-F unless Daddy has a day off. No summer vacation, but we take breaks for trips, holidays, etc. with Daddy. a half hour a day finished K in 8 months. An hour a day finished 1st grade in 7 months. You get the idea. Now we are doing around 2 to 2.5 hours, but half of that is things he can do himself with me just helping him understand instructions. He reads three chapters a day, required, but usually more because he enjoys.

27 Jun, 2021 07:23 PM

Three! Just have fun and play! This is the best way to learn at this age! Play fun games like 'scavenger hunt' when you shop for groceries. She needs to find the five fruits on the list (you just taught a food group and counting to five / matching the number 5 to number of items). Have her help set the table (How many spoons do we need on the table? - you just taught predictions. and maybe cause/effect). What is most important at this age is developing a good, rich oral language. Tell stories, have her tell stories, talk talk talk, make observations, and question. A rich oral language is the foundation for reading.
http://www.seghea.com/homeschool/Read.ht... I use this as a base to teach letters and sounds. We also use BOB books to teach reading skills. I highly recommend BOB books. As for a 'curriculum' for a 3 year old, I would skip that. Just devote an hour or so a day for some formal activity, maybe breaking up the time through the day. My 3 does a worksheet, some art or science, we sing songs, read lots of books, and play games through the day (he loves Twister).
If you are looking for formal lessons like they do in preschools, this is a site used by NAEYC and meets all federal educational standards for kids.
Pick out either preschool or Head Start, and you can find a lesson. Easy to do, and you can modify them to fit what you have. (instead of buying a certain flashcard set, you can make your own. And no need to buy their paint, use what you have!)
This site is VERY easy, tons of great ideas if you are working on a theme (topic). Great ideas for science lessons, plenty of songs and games.
a great FREE resource for music and movement - You Tube. Yep, I am amazed at how many great lessons I find on You Tube.
"super simple songs" is one channel with great nursery rhymes. I have even typed in book names, and found someone reading/animating that book.
This is FREE art lessons from an actual art teacher.

27 Jun, 2021 07:24 PM

One thing you can do is read to the children a lot. My parents did that with me, and by the time I was in first grade, I had a pretty good handle on reading.

Consider making flash cards, or obtaining a few. Since you are talking about very young children, make them brightly colored to hold the young one's attention.

Since your oldest already knows her letters and the sounds they make, you can start teaching her to spell some short words. You might even consider looking up some Schoolhouse Rock videos on Youtube and watching them with her.

Good luck!

27 Jun, 2021 07:24 PM

Teach her about the seasons. After she understands numbers work on telling time (she only needs to know 1-12) flashcards are an excellent tool. Practice holding a pencil properly and teach her to write the letters and spell her name. Have a daily or weekly art project. Teach her how to use child scissors. Sing songs and dance. Have fun and play!

Source(s):Former pre-school teacher