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May 28th, 2010, 07:52 AM
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Hi I've posted here before I have a few questions. My oldest daughter will be 3 this October. She can recognize some letters, count to 15, recognizes most numbers, ect. I was considering starting preschool activities this Fall, like those little books you can get from Wal Mart and we have a learning store around us. Do you think it's too soon? I was also considering starting kindergarten a year sooner than PS would (because of her birth date). Has anyone done this? I'm also worried about homeschooling her because she freaks out easily as in if she doesn't get something right away she gets really frustrated and starts crying and we are always telling her it's ok, don't worry about, let us help you, you can figure it out, ect. I'm REALLY scared homeschooling is going to be terrible for us I also wanted to know how it was for you moms that home school more than 1 child at a time. I'm really nervous about this! Here comes the famous subject that most of you probably hate... socialization I was home schooled for middle school and my parents didn't keep up with that part and I suffered from horrible anxiety for a long time, still do to some extent. We don't belong to a church, haven't really found one we like yet, and I don't know of many home schooling groups in our area. I live in Maryland, maybe you could help me search for some because I'm coming up with nothing LoL. I know there are activities such as dance, sports, ect. but I'm afraid the PS kids will hang out because they have the same things in common and leave my kids out (this happened to me before). I know they have each other but I guess what I want to make sure of is that they're interacting with people outside of the family too. I KNOW I want to home school my kids but I'm so scared that it will turn out badly. I guess I just need some reassurance Thanks ladies, I really appreciate it!
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May 28th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Hi! I started working on Alayna for preschool as soon as she started being interested--so about 2.5. I never did anything more than what you've already suggested. We bought the occasional workbook to do, played with flashcards (still do), and have just made learning a constant activity that never ends. Being in the grocery store and asking her what letter "bananas" starts with, letting her grab __x cans of food, or boxes, and lots of "birthday cards" to make for practicing writing. At this age it's super important to just make sure that she's having fun and interested. I've found that pushing them at this age is a no-no, for us.

If you have a store in your area that carries a lot of educational materials, then definitely browse around with her and let her maybe pick out a few things that she would like to do, like pretend money, a wooden clock with moveable hands, blocks for counting, etc.

As for the socializing, I would enroll her in an activity like dance (or whatever) as early as you can, because at this age the other kids aren't going to be aware of whose HS or PS. This way you can find something she really likes to do and that you as a parent can commit to taking her to for a long time, thus giving her the ability to make friends that she can see regularly.

Here is a GREAT site for Maryland home schooling resources, laws and groups:
Maryland Homeschooling - A to Z Home's Cool
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May 28th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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WHOA, that website is awesome, thank you so much!!! Good idea about enrolling in dance early
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May 28th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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I have tons of info for you, but we're leaving for the weekend, and I haven't even started packing yet! I promise I'll be back, though. We started my son early, and he also has perfectionist tendancies. I'll give you my 2 cents about all of your questions, but it might be Tuesday before I get back to you. There are lots of ladies here who can also help you out. Breathe! It's ok!
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I wouldn't worry too much about how she freaks out now if she can't get something right. At age two my son would always get frustrated when he couldn't do something. As he got older he was able to figure out how to do things and how to ask for help instead of throw a fit when he couldn't. I would guess that within the next year she'll not freak out as badly when something doesn't go right.
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May 28th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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Ok cool, thank Chrystal, I appreciate it!

silverlife, that makes me feel SOO much better. I need to remember it could be an age thing. Thank you so much!

I know this is what I want for my family but I'm always worried I'm making the wrong decision. I've prayed about it and I feel this is what the Lord wants too and I need to learn to trust and leave it in His very capable hands but I'm a worrier and I tend to over think things. I figured this was the best place to come for advice
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I haven't forgotten to come back to this thread. I'm on my way out the door for a field trip.
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Ok thank you
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...I was considering starting preschool activities this Fall, like those little books you can get from Wal Mart ... Do you think it's too soon?
No, it's not too soon, but workbooks are only effective for preschoolers if they're really ready for that type of activity (sitting still, longer attention span, able to hold a pencil, etc.) There are other things you can do if she's not ready for that. Walmart also has art books for emerging motor skills (Kumon, Mead, etc.), and you can find activities online that can be either printed or done with a computer. (I'll list several here that I copy/pasted from another thread.) Many publishers make preschool curricula as well. Think about which publisher you might like for elementary and see if they have a preschool option available. They're usually expensive, but if you want something structured that teaches YOU how to teach, that's a great option.

Enchanted Learning
Learn to Read with phonics
Brightly Beaming Resources
Progressive Phonics - Progressive Phonics
PreKinders: Website for Pre-K & Preschool Teachers
Head of the Class
Sadlier-Oxford | Educational Publishing from Prek–12+
iKnowthat.com - Online Multimedia Educational Games for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary Grades
BrainPOP Jr. - K-3 Educational Movies, Quizzes, Lessons, and More!
Cool math 4 kids - math games, math puzzles, math lessons - designed for kids and fun!
JumpStart 3D Virtual World - adventure based learning for kids
Academic Kids Free Online Educational Encyclopedia
Poisson Rouge . Red Fish Soup . Games for Children . Jeux pour Enfants (this is french or english, but most is in picture form, so it doesn't matter which language you use)
KID EXPLORERS: Family-friendly Entertainment and Education [Home page] - ChristianAnswers.Net
PBS KIDS: Educational Games, Videos and Activities For Kids!
Seussville
Shidonni World - Virtual Pets Drawings Come To Life
Index Mrs. Alphabet's Members 2
Homeschool, After School, Summer Study - Time4Learning - Home
The Children's University of Manchester
Educational Websites For Kids - The KidsKnowIt Network
Free K-8 Educational Videos
Jennifer Erix's Free Homeschool Bookmarks Page
Learning Page :: Professionally produced lesson plans, books, worksheets, and much more!
Lesson Pathways: Building Paths for Online Learning


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I was also considering starting kindergarten a year sooner than PS would (because of her birth date). Has anyone done this?
We didn't plan to start early, but it happened that way anyway. We actually started 1st grade when he was 3.5 years old. It has its pros and cons, of course. You have to think long term. How do you feel about your child making friends with children who are a year older or younger? How do you feel about her being placed with age peers (like co-ops, camps, or other classes) knowing she'll be academically ahead and possibly bored? How do you feel about her starting college early? A minor point is to consider her motor skills. My son's motor skills are delayed anyway (he's in therapy for that), so there are some things he's not able to do. When we first started out, I did *all* the writing for him. Now he's doing half or more, but we try to look for oral ways of comleting work. In the end, age doesn't matter. Readiness, your environment, and your ideals are what matter.

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I'm also worried about homeschooling her because she freaks out easily as in if she doesn't get something right away she gets really frustrated and starts crying and we are always telling her it's ok, don't worry about, let us help you, you can figure it out, ect. I'm REALLY scared homeschooling is going to be terrible for us
(1) Sounds like she's a bit of a perfectionist. Some people are like that for their entire lives, and the type of school environment isn't going to change it. (2) She's young. It's normal to be frustrated. (3) As she grows up, you'll be better able to figure out her learning style and the things that trigger her to want to be perfect. You'll be able to adapt your curriculum and teaching style to match. Trial and error is the biggest part of that.

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I also wanted to know how it was for you moms that home school more than 1 child at a time. I'm really nervous about this!
I can't speak to that one just yet unless you consider a preschool-ish toddler and his 2nd grade brother as schooling more than one. I work with both kids, but not at the same time, and definitely not at the same level of intensity or amount of time. Having a toddler under foot is a hinderance to us sometimes, but we work around it. It's just like figuring out a new timeline or schedule after a baby is born. How do you find time to shower or eat? How do you keep one entertained while you're feeding or changing the other? Homeschooling is kinda like that in some respects. Just figure out what works for you.

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Here comes the famous subject that most of you probably hate... socialization I was home schooled for middle school and my parents didn't keep up with that part and I suffered from horrible anxiety for a long time, still do to some extent. We don't belong to a church, haven't really found one we like yet, and I don't know of many home schooling groups in our area. I live in Maryland, maybe you could help me search for some because I'm coming up with nothing LoL. I know there are activities such as dance, sports, ect. but I'm afraid the PS kids will hang out because they have the same things in common and leave my kids out (this happened to me before). I know they have each other but I guess what I want to make sure of is that they're interacting with people outside of the family too.
I like this one: No Thank You, We Don't Believe in Socialization (SAHERO)

Where exactly are you? How far are you willing to travel? We can help you look for groups and activities.

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I KNOW I want to home school my kids but I'm so scared that it will turn out badly. I guess I just need some reassurance Thanks ladies, I really appreciate it!
Everyone probably thinks that at first. You'll be fine.
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