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I am very torn over this. 6 Months ago my dd was in a full time pre k class thriving. We moved out of state and no longer can afford to send her to a school. I've always wanted to be a teacher but got pregnant right out of high school and that changed my plans up a bit. I don't want my daughter to lose all the knowledge she gained in pre k but I am so at a loss of where to begin with homeschooling...
I should add that dd was excepted into a program (money just isn't there) the teacher doing the assessment actually stated that DD is well beyond a prek level, does that mean I should start doing kindergarten stuff?
She expresses interests in adding and subtracting, reading, spelling, telling time
My recommendation (and I'm no authority on the subject; this is just Mommy-Instinct!) is that if you're going to try out homeschooling and starting at such a young age, just introduce her to whatever she seems interested in for now. Once they start hitting "school age" is when it's time to really get them into some form of curriculum-- even if it's one you make up yourself, like I do.
Next, teach her whatever she wants to learn. Looking at a calendar and arbitrarily saying "you can't learn that because you're not 5" is just a blow to her self-esteem, and she'll learn that learning isn't meant to be fun. It IS meant to be fun, though. Take her on a learning journey anywhere she wants to go!
Curriculum - well, that depends. Your choices are almost limitless. What's her style? Does she like hands-on, worksheets, video/computer, exploration? What about cost? Are you looking for free/cheap that you put together yourself, or are you looking for something more expensive that is completely laid out for you already? Religious, secular, or no preference?
I suggest requesting a catalog from rainbow resources. I also would start kindergarten with her. I would also think about the questions Bensmom asked you. After you answer them, then you can start gathering a curriculum
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
I agree with the ladies above. Just relax and follow her lead. She will tell you what she needs. Learning is one time it's ok to let the be in charge (at least for now). If she wants to learn how to subtract pull out some toys (or silverware or beans or cookies ... you get the point LOL) and show her what it looks like to "subtract" (or add or whatever). Then show her the numbers that go with it. Learning doesn't need to be expensive - especially at this age - you can use what is around you (and your local library helps a lot too). You can do this while you research curriculum that you might be interested in too.
You won't mess her up, lol! Giving her all that 1-on-1 while teaching her essential things that she wants to learn will be the absolute best thing for her!
For me, one of the most wonderful things about home schooling is that you can teach them on their ability level, not their age level. My daughter is only going to be 4 this school year, but she wants to learn to read, so we're going to. If she was in public school she wouldn't learn that until she was almost seven, in first grade, based on her age Poor thing would be bored out of her mind.
Take it as slow as you need to and have fun with it. Both rainbowresource.com and christianbook.com have huge home schooling sites to browse and get an idea of what's out there on kindergarten level. There's so much to choose from!
Good luck You're going to do great, and your daughter is going to love it!
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