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May 23rd, 2007, 12:06 PM
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Bailey will start kindergarten at home in the fall and I am in need of some ideas of what to keep busy with. I am not planning on having a formal curriculum and I was only planning on doing about an hour a day of school. For the record, he already knows everything he needs to know for kinder, he can count past 100, read some and almost tell time. So I am not worried about teaching him, I just want to keep him busy. Right now the only thing I have for him is a Gr. 1 Basic Skills workbook. He is almost finished the K one and I'm pretty sure he could easily do the Gr. 1 book, but I don't want him to be too far ahead of himself. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe lots of crafts and projects. What kinds of things would be age appropriate? Thank you ladies, you all rock!!
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May 23rd, 2007, 12:29 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Whats he into? Maybe let him explore something that interests him more in depth for a while?

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
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May 23rd, 2007, 05:15 PM
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That's a good idea. I should just find books on subjects he likes. He's interested in almost everything; he asks me questions all the time.
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May 23rd, 2007, 05:17 PM
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I would try more sidewise knowledge on various topics, rather then just going up. Like Heather said explore something that interests him more in depth. At the same time I wouldn't hold him back either. If he's ready for first grade maths and reading then I would do those too. The great thing with homeschooling is that you really don't need a grade except when people ask. So if he's interested in space then get some books on space, make a solar system, play some space type games etc. make a unit out of it. If you can't think of a whole lot he’s interested in then Google Kindergarten units and run them by him to see if there are some topics he might like to do. Space, frogs, dinosaurs, farms, ocean life, and book studies like the Very hungry Caterpillar come to mind. You might like Five In A Row.

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May 24th, 2007, 08:06 PM
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Thank you for the ideas! I love having a place where I can come and ask the experts! Expect lots more questions from me in the future! LOL
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