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April 3rd, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Ephesians 4:29
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At 4, you don't need curriculum. Check out your state laws to see what/when you'll need to teach if certain subjects are required (usually after age 5 to 7), and then just teach through life skills. Four year olds in daycare/preschool settings are preparing for classroom kindergarten settings. Yes, they're learning colors, numbers, etc., but they're also learning how to sit still, be quiet, line up, and things like that. You should be preparing your child for a home education. A home education is one that is specialized to meet your child's needs at their current level, with their learning style, and without a lot of extra busy work or sit-and-wait-on-others-to-catch-up time. Do lots of nature walks, grocery shopping, art projects, and curling up on the couch with a book. Colors, numbers, shapes... that stuff will come naturally ("please hand me the yellow box of cheerios... it starts with a C"). Lining up, waiting your turn, and things like that will also come naturally (through siblings, social groups like library story times or sports, holding doors for people at the grocery store, etc.). When your child shows interest in something dig into it as deeply as you can. You don't have to go by what a textbook publisher says a ___ year old should know, because not all ____ year olds are the same in their previous learning, learning potential, or interest level.

Relax and have fun! If there is a certain skill or subject your child is already wanting to learn, let us know. We can point you to plenty of free or paid resources to give age-appropriate instruction.
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