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Our DS just turned 4 and we are going to homeschool him. We aren't happy with the area that we live in and don't feel comfortable sending him to public school. I was wondering if you have an helpful hints, idea, and or could point me in the right direction about curriculum I should be checking into. Thank you so much for any and all suggestions and ideas you give me.
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.
My son is just a few months younger then yours. He turns four this month. He knows his colors, shapes, numbers to twenty, letters and is working on their sounds. He loves graphing, sorting, puzzles, sequences and dinosaurs! He can recognize and spell his name as well as type it, but hasn't mastered R's yet to write his name. Basically all the preschool skills he has down. He's starting to sound out words on his own. We'll see if he picks up reading this summer. His sister did right after turning 4. He seems ready.
I really like unit studies for 4-7 yrs old. There are tons of free resources online. I usually use literature based unit studies. You can use the library or buy tthem. We love books!
Laura, homeschooling mama to Christine 1-02, Nicole 5-03, Everett 4-09, Alister 9-10, Moira and Giselle born October 24, 2013!
Just have fun and play! He will learn what he needs to learn just by living life as long as you engage him and stay involved with him. I really wouldn't worry about curriculum till 1st grade. My four year old isn't studying a curriculum, but seems to know everything he needs to know for his age.
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Welcome, I'm Nancy and I have two daughters. I have a 6th grader and 4th grader. You don't need a curriculum at 4 years old. Both of my girls learned to read at this age through simple books and site words. They learned their alphabet by playing with a wooden alphabet puzzle. Colors by using crayons. They learned their numbers by counting everything. I loved this age because they wanted to learn about everything.
Welcome! I agree with the others to just be relaxed and have fun. Go at your child's pace. My 4 year old begged for 'real' school work so we started kindy at 4 but even then I had lower expectations than I would have a 5 or 6 year old in kindy. I taught the same things but go creative and did it through play mostly.