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August 29th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Hello my name is Selina and I have a 3 year old daughter that I want to get serious about teaching her and getting her ready for school. So I am looking to you girls for some help. I was just wondering what are some things that I should work on? I know letters, numbers and some basic shapes and colors but what else? I would love some clues as to what else to teach her. Thanks in advance.
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August 29th, 2007, 03:50 PM
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G'day! Welcome to the board and to JM.
My name is Jo and my kids are Sarah coming up for 6 and Daniel nearly 3.
I am not sure from your post, are you planning on just homeschooling for preK? If you are planing on sending her to school for K I would ask the school if they have a list of goals you could have. Apart from the basics you mentioned most k teachers are more concerned with a Childs self help skills, fine motor coordination, behaviour and listening skills.
So being able to sit cross legged on a carpet square and listen well will be of more help then say knowing facts about things.
I would work on fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors and buttoning, being able to get a coat off and on, following directions and being able to write her name.

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August 29th, 2007, 04:28 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Is she asking to learn stuff? If so then I'd follow her lead of what she wants to learn. If not, just let her play. Little ones learn best by playing. There is plenty of time for focused education in the future.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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August 29th, 2007, 08:12 PM
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I would READ, READ, READ to her. I would also give her lots of blank paper or construction paper to draw on and cut up. My 4 year old still loves to cut paper.Other than what you mentioned, I would just have her play as much as possible. You don't won't to stifle her imagination by forcing her to work on too much. There is plenty of time for that later. Good luck!!
Kimberly- homeschooling mom to three beautiful girls


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August 30th, 2007, 09:52 AM
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Thank you for welcoming me. Sorry me post was a little vague, yes I would love to homeschool her for preschool. I have called our local district and she said that she just needs to be 5 before Sept. So I thought I could get some better answers on my own. She isn't really asking to learn but when I do try and teach her some stuff she really enjoys it, she is just so smart. I figure since you ladies teach kindergarten you would know what best to teach, what do you teach during the kindergarten year? She does enjoy playing so she does plenty of that but she does need a little structure, she has a little bit of a hard time focusing. Of course I only plan to do structured activities for about 10 mins and then mostly play, I just want her to get a head start since I am a SAHM and won't be taking her to preschool. Thank you for helping me. I hope this post explains a little more then my first one.
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August 31st, 2007, 10:15 AM
MissyPrincessEha's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Location: Louisiana
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Hello! I think you can have lots of fun discovering and learning together. Just keep in mind that it should be fun so that she doesn't know it is "school". You can watch get a butterfly kit, this is so fun! Plant a wee garden, sing and do hand motions with songs, go to the library and get lots of books to read and look at, and answer all of her questions. If you see a letter say it's name and then tell her what it says. You can do the name for the numbers, and count up to five with her to start with.

Here is a little site: http://www.letteroftheweek.com/

Will homeschool for kinder?

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