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September 21st, 2007, 11:33 PM
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I am the mother of a 4 1/2 year old. My husband and I have recently decided that we wanted to home school her. She seems very bright and is able to understand what she is taught (such as knowing her alphabet, being able to count to 20, identifying colors, following directions, etc).
Is she old enough for us to begin teaching her at a kindergarten level? Should we wait the six months or so for her to become "of age"? Or should we wait the entire year and start teaching her when she's technically supposed to start school (at 5 1/2)?
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September 22nd, 2007, 06:01 AM
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G'day and welcome to JM!

One of the benefits of homeschooling is going at your child's pace. If you think she is ready for K level 'work' then try it out and see how it goes. If you follow your Childs cues you can't go wrong. So if she seems interested and engaged keep going, if her interest is flagging or she appears tired, stop. If she says she has had enough or doesn’t want to do school then let her go play. Also K should be fun, so plenty of games, craft and activities and not too much book type work. I wouldn't be concerned with what the ps are doing, because they only do what they do because they are dealing with large groups of children and have to work to a system.

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September 22nd, 2007, 06:55 AM
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I think that Jo gave great advice, so I just wanted to welcome you to the homeschooling board!
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September 22nd, 2007, 08:11 AM
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I agree too. It's totally up to you and how you think your daughter will do/is doing. Have fun doing Kindergarten!!


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September 22nd, 2007, 08:18 AM
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I agree that it's up to you and what you think your child is capable of doing. And I definitely don't think it's too young... my 4 and a half year old is doing first grade work. But kids develop at a different rate... I know that my Lucas won't be ready to start kindergarten work until he's probably the 'right' school age. Take your cues from her!

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September 22nd, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Just wanted to ditto the other ladies. My little girl is 3 1/2 and in some ways she is way advanced for her age and in some things is on the level of K. I just go with where she wants to. If it seems a little over her head and she doesn't get it, I back off. We do a lot of crafts and creativity and games. She has the reading foundation right now and I am not pushing where she doesn't want to be pushed, but when she shows interest in reading, I go as far as she has the patience for at the time. There is no rule that says what age to start them when you homeschool.
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September 22nd, 2007, 07:00 PM
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Definitely take your cues from her. Does she want to do school? Or why not just keep doing what you've been doing. You've been teaching her obviously (since she's already learned all that) without calling it school.

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September 23rd, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I'm going to ditto everyone else! I leave it up to my son as well and follow his lead.

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September 25th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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NEVER TOO YOUNG! START PLAYING with your baby and teaching, stimulating as early as possible -- 6 month. Read the amazing story of how God helped this Christian, Homeschooling Family have four of their nine kids start college by the age of 12! Here's a link to a new e-book on crafts and activities for little ones, babies, toddlers, young children: http://www.collegeby12.com/

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September 25th, 2007, 07:12 AM
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