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April 18th, 2008, 07:01 PM
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Has anyone done this? My SIL homeschools and she loves Five in a Row curriculum, and I was looking into it and they have a curriculum for 2-5 year olds. We will probably send our son to public school, but we can't afford preschool (it isn't required here and it costs upwards of 100+ a month). So I want to look into doing a homeschool preschool.

If you have done it, what did you do and how did it work out for your LO. TIA!
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April 18th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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I know I used little print-outs off on-line. Leapfrog letter factory CD. you really don't have to do pre-school. I really didn't spend a lot.
This is your state guideline for preschool http://www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculu...ekguide.html#2
US Standard according to world book http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students...ulum/preschool

reading stuff: http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/index/play.htm?
math: http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/prek_games.html
science: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/science.htm
SS: http://families.owc.edu/children/soc...es.htm#toddler
pre-writing: http://www.preschoolactivitybox.com/presch...itingskills.htm

Other stuff: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/earlychildhood...emearchive.html

also look at the links page there are tons I forgot.

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April 19th, 2008, 04:48 AM
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We just use ideas from the toddler "curriculum" from http://www.letteroftheweek.com He's loving it so we'll move on to the prep program they have later (it's all free). Fritz seems to think he is the same age as his big siblings and gets quite offended if there's nothing special for him to do for school. It's all play and fun and reading stories and crafts and stuff like that that for a preschooler. They've got plenty of time in the future for academics (the exception there is if they are asking to do academic stuff).
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April 19th, 2008, 05:19 AM
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We do lots of crafts and painting. We do lots of games and have FUN!! We also LOVE the LeapFrog things especially the Letter Factory DVD.

Preschool is really all about letting them explore what is around them and enjoying it!
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April 19th, 2008, 07:14 AM
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My preschoolers spend a lot of time playing, being read to, doing artsy stuff, getting dirty. That's what they really need at that age. Be careful, though, you might get bit by the bug and decide you can't stand the idea of sending him off to some institution for 6-8 hours a day, locked in a room with 30 of his peers, subjected to the whims of the state. Sorry to get too political on you. Just have fun with him and explore the world around you.
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April 19th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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We don't send our kids to public school until kindergarten.

With my oldest, she learned best through play as she didn't really want anything structured when she was younger. The only thing we really used formally was Hooked on Phonics, and even that wasn't something we followed exactly. We worked in first grade workbooks from time to time, too. She asks a lot of questions, so I just took her lead as far as what interested her. She loves to write/illustrate stories, so that helped her practice her writing and spelling, and it allowed me to gently point out errors while allowing her to learn from them. She loved to read and be read to. She loved to explore the world around her. She started kindergarten this year and was more than prepared (so don't let anyone tell you she won't be). Right now, public school is definitely the best option for her (we're in an outstanding school with extremely low student:teacher ratios that recognized she was gifted immediately and tailored her curriculum appropriately) , but it's nice to know that other options are available.

My youngest is completely different in that she BEGS to do structured activities where she feels like she's learning or practicing the concepts she already knows. She loves Leapfrog products, asks to play on http://www.starfall.com daily, has a number of other products she uses every day (Fisher Price Laugh, Smile, and Learn, Vtech Whiz Kid, etc.) wants to work on sounding out words, wants help making three letter words, wants me to read to her while she guides my finger from each word to the next, etc. Again, I take her lead and have stepped it up a notch because that's what makes her happy. We practice writing using pages from http://www.starfall.com and from http://www.learningpage.com/free_pag...es/basics.html. We have a huge number chart that goes up to 100 and we use action figures and have races to different numbers. She also likes to explore the outdoors and picks up a lot just from watching her sister.

My best advice is to follow her lead, never push anything, and just play, play, play. And don't let anyone tell you you're making the wrong decision in not sending her to preschool. I'm sure we'll hear that again when our youngest turns 3 or 4.

Best of luck!
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April 28th, 2008, 02:46 PM
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Welcome! Preschool is so fun and easy! I would look at the site Heather put up, letter of the week. And you can even go to the library and find preschool books for free as well. Look through those and get ideas of fun games you can make and play, they like to have a story read for them and then help you make a food that goes along with it. Preschool is all about introduction of the world! Get creative and have fun, they love bugs and animals and you can do tons with that.
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April 28th, 2008, 07:01 PM
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My preschoolers spend a lot of time playing, being read to, doing artsy stuff, getting dirty. That's what they really need at that age. Be careful, though, you might get bit by the bug and decide you can't stand the idea of sending him off to some institution for 6-8 hours a day, locked in a room with 30 of his peers, subjected to the whims of the state. Sorry to get too political on you. Just have fun with him and explore the world around you.[/b]
ditto... we aren't doing anything formal
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April 28th, 2008, 07:13 PM
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I agree with all that's been said- we also used a book called Slow and Steady get me ready- it has a new activity or game to do with your child every week of their life until they are 5 using stuff you find around the house. But really, the activities are pretty much like the ones you'd find on the letter of the week website.
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