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March 4th, 2009, 10:47 AM
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I have been thinking about homeschooling.* Maybe when my 3 yr old starts middle school.* I want to see how she adjust and develops in public school first.* I am not sure I can do the homeschool thing.* I work with her alot on activities and worksheets but it is not the same as being completely responsible for her education.* I am also concerned about her social development and how it would might be comprised by homeschooling.*
She is so young that I know I have time but I plan on looking more into it as she grows.
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March 4th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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March 4th, 2009, 01:21 PM
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March 4th, 2009, 02:52 PM
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Hi welcome! There are so many community activities to do in elementary that socialization a non-issue. There's also library events, home-school groups, co-ops, YMCA, and community clubs as kids get older.

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March 4th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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Kids who are home schooled often tend to have better social skills than public schooled kids, but then that gets down to a matter of what you consider socialization.

When you're just getting into home schooling, it can be quite daunting, there is so much information, styles, available resources, it's very difficult to narrow it down to what you want. I found that the first few years were a lot of trial and error. I didn't have a lot of money so I didn't buy as much stuff as some people I know, but there were a few things I bought that didn't work out. We've found that workbook style learning works great for us once they're old enough to read and follow directions. It helps a lot.

If you want a few good things to start with, here are the few things I recommend early on:

Brightly Beaming Resources is great for preschool aged kids. There are a lot of resources for teaching letters and such. When they're a little older, Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons has been perfect for us. We have had great success with it here, and a friend of mine is using it successfully as well with her 5 year old daughter.

Those are the two I most often suggest when you're starting out. For me, teaching reading was the most difficult part of the whole thing. It scared me more than anything. But I knew once reading was out of the way, we could do just about anything, because I knew they would be able to read a worksheet or a story and not have to have me read it to them. It works well for us.

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