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Hi, I've just signed up for the k12 online homeschool for my DS who just turned 5.  I'm a little worried the curriculum may be too much for him, and not play based enough.  Does anyone know if they are going to be hard to work with as far as not pushing him to do worksheets and stuff like that?
 

 

I'm not familiar with what they do for kindergarten, but I'd sure be surprised if they mostly gave suggestions for play based activities. And a little boy just turning 5 is going to be awfully young, IMOHO, for much else. My own would have been horrified by any sort of reading or writing demands at that age. It was pushing his limits just to make stabs at drawing things of his choosing with a crayon - and I wouldn't have asked him to do even that, but he was in a Waldorf kindergarten at the time and they had a short time when they sat around the table and drew whatever they wanted. If they do push anything, I'd urge you to just follow your gut instincts and get out of the program before your son has to absorb any stress or loss of self esteem from it. You might want to read through some of the articles I've linked to in this (noncommercial) preschool/kindergarten page - there are some pretty passionate words of encouragement from professional educators, teachers, and homeschoolers to just support children of that age in playing and learning in a natural way. All the best - I hope you and he have a wonderful year together!   - Lillian


Edited by Lillian J - 8/3/12 at 1:02pm
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We did Ambleside Online Year 0 with math and phonics thrown in.....lots of read alouds, outside time, play, field trips...loved it

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. HWT was very good, but in retrospect, I didn't need to buy all of the wooden pieces, etc.  The teacher's guide and workbook would have been enough.

There is a template in the teacher's guide, probably for cutting your own wood pieces out of craft wood, but I just used heavy duty cardboard. They lasted long enough for our use!
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We did Ambleside Online Year 0 with math and phonics thrown in.....lots of read alouds, outside time, play, field trips...loved it

Same here. I was leaning toward WTM about this time last year when I discovered AO, and I couldn't be happier with AO's younger years curriculum. For Year 0 we read a lot, played more, spent hours outside, and went on field trips organized by the assorted local h.s. groups if we found any of interest. For math we used Singapore EB, which seemed the right pace for DD (we still have some material in the second book to maybe get through before starting Year 1 soon) and for reading a combination of Bob Books and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which we'll continue working through. DD whizzed through HWT, which was a fun program. We didn't get any of the HWT bells and whistles and I can't see that it mattered. Most of the time DD spent working on her pencil grasp came via drawing or writing lists or thank you cards--real world experience as it were. This may sound like a lot but we didn't spend more than fifteen minutes on any of these "lessons" and they were scattered throughout the day--on days when DD wanted to "do school," that is.
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We are attending school through Quilcene's ALE program.  So, we're homeschooling with a public school back-up.  I'll check in and write up what we're doing and have a teacher for help and evaluations.  I also get a set amount to spend on curricula and use their library of curricula they already have.

 

DS is 5.5 and really wants to go to school.  DH is much happier with a more structured program and I'm happy with the personal accountability (otherwise I tend to slack)

 

Anyway, I just finished my SLP, student learning plan.  We'll be doing Explode the Code for reading along with online sites for 'games'.  We'll be doing Math U See for math.  Starting with the primer and maybe moving up to alpha depending on where he is.  He's signed up for 10/hrs a week, which is broken down to about 2 for music (he already has piano lessons) 4 for Language Arts and 4 for Math.  This is totally doable in my world.  A worksheet or two here and there, reading books, writing letters, helping with shopping and baking etc...

I can modify his SLP if needed and add or change my curricula. 

 

Has anyone ever used Readers Choice Ink?  It looks interesting, but DS isn't fluent in his writing and a bit resistant to learning to read. So, I'm not sure if this would work for us now or if it is something I should just keep on the back burner.

We did about 80 lessons in the Teach Your Child...100 Easy...  after that is was nearly impossible to get him to do any of the lessons.  So, i figured what's the point.  I want him to love reading, not dread it.

post #27 of 30

Last year for Kindy I did Sonlights Prek4/5. It was a bit boring for us, though we loved the read alouds. There just wasnt enough hands on for us, and I have super bad ADHD and I get really overwhelmed trying to add that stuff in, though a lot of people are good at it.

 

This year, DS2 wants to start Kindy, so I ordered him My Father's World K and HWOT preschool (he begs to do the handwriting books). I also got him Singapore's EB because it looked like fun. Try as I might that kid just loves worksheets. 

 

It was a big toss up for me to do MFW or Memoria Press. They both looked so wonderful. I bet when DS3 wants to start Kindy I'll end up buying MP, and just having 3 K curricula's! I really need to sell what I'm not using I guess haha!

post #28 of 30

Aimee- we did MFW K last year for DD.  It is a great program that we are going to keep using with my boys.  DD did get bored with it though so by Feb we were in first grade- again MFW.  I don't think DS1 will move at as fast of a pace though.I love it- but the pace was way too slow for DD...  MFW 1st is so awesome though- we love it!

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With one born in August and one born in late Sept, my sons have always been on the "young" side for their "grades".  I know at 5, my sons were not ready for a lot of writing or sit-down work.  They both technically started kinder when they were 4.  They were young, but they were ready.  We did Explode the Code, Horizons Math, and Five in a Row.  Loved it!  We could work on Explode the Code and Horizons written work by "writing" in corn meal or shaving cream on a cookie sheet.  My boys loved doing that.  Heck, they still do, lol.
 

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Aimee- we did MFW K last year for DD.  It is a great program that we are going to keep using with my boys.  DD did get bored with it though so by Feb we were in first grade- again MFW.  I don't think DS1 will move at as fast of a pace though.I love it- but the pace was way too slow for DD...  MFW 1st is so awesome though- we love it!

Oh that's so good to know! Thanks!

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