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post #21 of 53

We planned on homeschooling since birth.. Our families keep saying "just wait till shes eligible for school, you are going to enroll her in a heartbeat".. They have gotten more and more upset about the idea of home schooling sine I refused to enroll her in preschool (even though it was bilingual, honestly I don't speak Mandarin Chinese so I don't see the use of doing a bilingual preschool that they will forget if they ever learn.. its not like its carried over into elementary school.. even if I planned to do public school I wouldn't have sent her).. Now they are asking every day "so is she enrolled yet" "when are you giving up that foolish idea" "You are ruining her for life" "shes going to turn into a freak" etc etc etc etc... This year should be so much "fun", they have also started the "shes so behind, she will hate you for life when she can't get a job as an adult".

post #22 of 53

For the first time this year I'll be teaching 2 seperate grades, K and 2nd. I'm hoping to have them together for circle time, movement lesson, some of the crafts/handwork, some nature lessons, and ds(5) will playfully tag along with dd's(7) music lesson. For the rest of the stuff I plan to get ds' K stuff out of the way with first then direct him to a structured activity for a little bit while I teach dd. Does this sound like it will work? Any advice?

post #23 of 53
What a bummer, OkiMom! It's kindergarten! And I'm sure you'll do great, and they'll be singing a different tune in a year or two (hopefully sooner, of course!).

Mitty, haven't been there, but your plan sounds solid! I have the opposite issue - I'll be trying to entertain an almost-toddler while working with DD!

Wish me luck, we start tomorrow since that's when DH goes back as a teacher. It's kind of a K/1 blend year for us, with lots of stuff carrying over from last year. M-Th mornings, calendar/memory work, a little ETC for spelling/writing, CSMP for math, free art/crafts, outside time, SOTW1 or science fun, then mystery jar, with slips to draw for stuff like games, puzzles, poetry, riddles, Salsa Spanish. Monday's will have music, Wednesday's park day & homeschool PE, Fridays will be totally fun schooling with special art, library, projects she wants to do, special movies, etc. We already have a solid evening routine of doing our family read aloud, her reading practice & devotional time.

This is the plan anyways - we all know what often happens to plans! I can flex as needed, but I do enjoy some stable routines. And DD seems to need this to be special in some way, like it is for all her friends going off to school soon. Hopefully we'll find a nice, relaxed, enjoyable groove!
post #24 of 53
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I'd love more thoughts on handwriting. My daughter is very precocious with her ability to read and do mental math, but her fine motor skills make worksheets, etc.. not much fun for her. She still doesn't hold a pencil correctly. I'd love ideas about how to choose curriculum for a highly asynchronous kid. It seems like most of the math and reading material at her level requires much better handwriting than she has. (She reads at roughly at roughly a 4th grade reading level and can do math at roughly a 2nd as long as she does it in her head.) I'm not convinced, though, that a handwriting curriculum is appropriate for her, given that she cannot hold a pencil correctly (even if I show her; even if I place her fingers in the correct places, she can't keep her fingers there). I'm tempted to have another non-academic year for kindergarten, but I'm moving to an area where I'm not so sure about the homeschooling community, and I'd like her to easily be able to integrate into a first grade class room if homeschooling kindy does not turn out well. I know at the school she'd attend, it's an academic kindergarten where they teach handwriting...so, I feel kind of torn about what to do. Any thoughts?

Commiserating, though DD's asynchronicity may not be quite as pronounced! I would wait on the writing, keep doing other things to build motor skills and muscle memory for the letter shapes. Pushing it makes it more likely she'll develop weird pencil grip, etc., as well as just be unhappy! I'm hoping DD will be willing to practice just a few minutes a day with ETC, esp. using lower case. She's more comfortable with capitals from HWT. But if she won't, I'll figure out something creative like stamps or just continuing to scribe for her for a while. I am a little nervous about getting into more advanced math...

Who knows, our girls may be much more ready for writing in a few months!

Eta: haha, showed DD ETC today, and while the reading/spelling is no problem, she looked at me like I was crazy when I suggested she might do some writing. HWT review it is, and modifying ETC smile.gif
Edited by justthinkn - 8/15/12 at 7:05pm
post #25 of 53
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Originally Posted by OkiMom View Post

We planned on homeschooling since birth.. Our families keep saying "just wait till shes eligible for school, you are going to enroll her in a heartbeat".. They have gotten more and more upset about the idea of home schooling sine I refused to enroll her in preschool (even though it was bilingual, honestly I don't speak Mandarin Chinese so I don't see the use of doing a bilingual preschool that they will forget if they ever learn.. its not like its carried over into elementary school.. even if I planned to do public school I wouldn't have sent her).. Now they are asking every day "so is she enrolled yet" "when are you giving up that foolish idea" "You are ruining her for life" "shes going to turn into a freak" etc etc etc etc... This year should be so much "fun", they have also started the "shes so behind, she will hate you for life when she can't get a job as an adult".

 

 

Have them listen to this http://www.unpluggedmom.com/featured/unplugged-youth-the-home-ed-experience-with-lily-coleman/

post #26 of 53

We are officially starting K this year too with dd who is almost 5-1/2.  She is very excited!  We are pretty relaxed. 

 

We started Right Start math level A last spring and will continue that. 

 

We just started the 1st Explode the Code book (after trying Bob books last year and losing interest).  She really loves to pretend to read, listen to me read, and to write lots of letters and words with me spelling them out, but isn't too into practicing sounding out words yet, so we are very slowly and gently working on this when she does take an interest. 

 

I am probably going to try Five in a Row and tie in lots of cooking and cultural activities, along with using Magic School Bus books for science.  I am also trying to figure out how to get some Spanish instruction in there, probably just with kind of narrating everyday activities for a little while each day (I am not fluent, but have lots of years of instruction behind me, so I feel comfortable with this.) 

 

All of this will probably only be for an hour a day or so max, the rest is just playing, reading, crafting, etc.  I also have a wild 2-1/2 year old monkey, so that hour may not even be consecutive :)

post #27 of 53
Ok, my new plan for handwriting - HWT inspired practice. For spelling, ETC with scrabble tiles wherever writing would be expected! She should like that.
post #28 of 53
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Has anyone else not told extended family yet about their plans to homeschool this year? I know mine will be unsupportive, so I keep putting it off, but school would start soon...

I have purposely told my mom b/c I know she would have concerns and if I left it to the last min. she would really be shocked. That's how most of my major choices have affected her, lol. So, I've learned to prepare her. Both DH and I have had several major conversations w/ her about it and our reasons and she still kinda doesn't think it will be for real-beyond K at least. She's supportive, but I don't think fully "gets it." She still makes comments all the time like, "when the kids are all in school you will have more time to yourself!" and I just kinda smile and laugh b/c we've talked about many times.  

post #29 of 53
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Originally Posted by OkiMom View Post

We planned on homeschooling since birth.. Our families keep saying "just wait till shes eligible for school, you are going to enroll her in a heartbeat".. They have gotten more and more upset about the idea of home schooling sine I refused to enroll her in preschool (even though it was bilingual, honestly I don't speak Mandarin Chinese so I don't see the use of doing a bilingual preschool that they will forget if they ever learn.. its not like its carried over into elementary school.. even if I planned to do public school I wouldn't have sent her).. Now they are asking every day "so is she enrolled yet" "when are you giving up that foolish idea" "You are ruining her for life" "shes going to turn into a freak" etc etc etc etc... This year should be so much "fun", they have also started the "shes so behind, she will hate you for life when she can't get a job as an adult".

Oh! so sorry to hear you are so UNsupported by your family! That is tough. Do you feel like you have things to respond to them with? I'm reading this awesome book right now--Family Matters: why homeschooling makes sense and it is so excellent at countering the common objections to HSing, plus ones I've never even heard. So balanced and well written. Check it out if you need some confidence building!

post #30 of 53
Just popping back to say we had a great first day. Just enough special, totally relaxed. Woke up reminding myself that we're doing this so she can grow 100% into herself, not so she can fit into check off boxes! So I was really psyched to go with her flow, let her play with materials we used before or after things I'd planned, pause for different kinds of play the intentional stuff inspired... It was a really good day smile.gif. Oh, and after using scrabble tiles for one ETC word, DD voluntarily wrote the rest, in the caps she is most comfortable with!
post #31 of 53
Thread Starter 

So, I think I've come up with kind of a crazy plan for kindy. I want a pretty relaxed kindy year, but LMK if you guys think this isn't enough:

 

I'm not going to touch reading formally this year. She can read very well by herself, so I'm just going to leave it alone due to price and time.

Writing: I'm just going to focus on the handwriting aspect. Right now, we are working on fixing her pencil grip. We are moving in September, so I plan to wait to start this until October. We'll do the kindy level of it.

Math: We are going to wait until January to give her handwriting a chance to catch up to her math abilities, to give her something new to be excited about half way through our homeschooling year, to help us ease into homeschooling, and to give us time to enjoy all the holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, etc...) that we love. I'm thinking Math-U-See Gamma, but we'll see where she is in Nov/Dec.

We're going to wrap up our school year when the new baby is born, regardless if we've finished the whole of our curriculum or not. I'm hoping to finish the handwriting program, since it will be the only work we'll be doing all fall, but I'm expecting the math curriculum to carry over into 1st grade for us (where hopefully we'll cover more subjects).

 

So now that I have a plan...where are your favorite places to get used curriculum? I'm hoping with a late start to the school year (and especially buying in the middle of a school year for the math curriculum) to get a good a good deal from someone who realized that this curriculum was not working for their family.

post #32 of 53

Hi ladies is it okay if I join?  After a lot of consideration we have decided to officially do kindy this year even though Dd is only 4 1/2, we had planned to do another year of Pre-k and just learning through play but she keeps asking for more 'real schoolwork' so we are going to jump right in.  Our first day is going to be either tomorrow or next Monday (I should really decide on that shouldn't I?).

post #33 of 53
Thread Starter 

About four year olds: I don't know. I think what homeschooling kindy means is different depending on the family. I think of homeschooling kindy as homeschooling a 5-6 year old, since that's the age that kids attend kindy in my area. I definitely feel different not sending my five year old to school than I do my four year old, since it's much more rare for people not to send a five year old to school. I don't know how to officially start kindy early, but then again, I live in a state with very little regulations: I don't have to register my kid as a homeschooler, so she's not officially anything. But I know some parents see kindy as defined by starting a curriculum for a kindy aged student, and if that's what they consider kindy, to each their own. A big part of why I homeschool is because I have a very asynchronous kid, and to really be learning, it requires to teach her at different grade levels depending on what skill it is, and I wouldn't know what to call her if I had to do it based on the grade level of the work she does.

 

Anyway, welcome!

post #34 of 53

Well our first day is over and it was a success!  It only took us about an hour to go through all the curriculum stuff for the day, which I think was perfect timing.  Of course the 'learning' for the day isn't over, I am making cookies for a meeting later and she is going to practice her measuring skills by helping me but the book stuff is over for the day.  It went surprisingly well too, usually her attention kind of lapses every once in awhile during lessons (which is fine since it is completely normal for her age) but she was so excited about it today that she stayed on task the entire time.  I am not expecting such a perfect day every day but it sure was a great start to the year!

post #35 of 53

We will be homeschooling for the first time for Kindy '12-'13!  My DD will be 6 in November and is so excited to begin. DS is 4.5 and will be unofficially doing pre-K.

 

DH is being cheap about buying a whole curriculum so I'm piecing something together. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't overwhelmed!! 

I love the idea of being relaxed but my state (Maryland) does have portfolio reviews so I need to have things to show.

 

English/Reading: I've purchased the collections of BOB Books. I am also considering How To Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons.

Math: Math U See Primer w/manipulatives

 

The other subjects that are required are: Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Health, and P.E.  

I think we will tackle these as Unit Studies and use a combination of the library, ideas on pinterest, and homeschooling blogs.

 

Any suggestions for the the above subjects would be greatly appreciated!

post #36 of 53

danaf617- That's kind of my idea too.  We have curriculum for the core work (reading, writing, math) but are using units and projects for the others.  Oh and I count her gymnastics classes as PE lol.

post #37 of 53

Okay I wanted to give this thread a little bump.

 

I have to say we have officially not changed anything about what we are doing now that it is September and ds is 5.  I did get anxiety watching all of his friends and my friends' kids first day of Kindergarten pictures on Facebook and I started to feel guilty that he wasn't getting to do the same thing.  But I think I'm over it (I hope).

 

My big goals for K for ds are not academic.  I want him to be able to ride a 2 wheeler and to be able to swim.  He got a 2wheeler with no training wheels for his 5th birthday at the beginning of August.  Got right on it and rode it down the block!  So done!  Well, he's still freaked out about going down hill (I guess it seems faster than his balance bike) but we took the pedal bike camping and he rode it around so I think we just need to practice to get him more comfortable.

 

Swimming, I am still trying to find lessons that fit into our schedule.  

post #38 of 53

Learning to swim is one of our big goals for the year too.  Unfortunately the only place I found that offers swimming lessons before age 5 cancelled their September session, so it looks like we will be waiting for spring to get on that goal.

 

We are in the midst of week 3 of schooling here and so far so good.  We have ditched 100ez as of now because once I showed her one HOP dvd she was hooked.  It really tailors to her style of learning and she is getting something from it so I am okay with that.  I admit that it was hard though because I really like 100ez and I had to come to a realization that the beauty of homeschooling isn't about what I like, it's that she gets to learn in a way that she likes.

post #39 of 53

We are tackling learning to swim this summer.. I need to figure out how to juggle all 4 kids and swim lessons since every place here requires a parent in the water with the child. Hopefully DH is home this summer so our oldest at least can take classes. I COULD teach her (Im a trained lifeguard) but it would be harder when we would have to use a public pool and they are usually crowded over here..

Public school started 2 weeks ago and its actually a little odd to have DD1 home with me.. Not that she has ever been sent to school but shes big for her age and obviously school age so I get a lot of odd looks when we are out and about during "school hours"..

post #40 of 53

We are also working on learning to swim this year. We just moved to a place where a lot of people have backyard pools, so it becomes all the more important because of that. At first, I thought I would try to teach them on my own, but it becomes so difficult when I have to supervise two in the water at the same time, so we ended up signing both boys (5 and 3) up for swimming lessons. Their current instructor is really knowledgable, and the great thing about the place where they take lessons is that they also get free admission during the rest of the week. 

 

DS (5) also started basketball last Saturday. It is a community sports program with only a 5 week initial commitment, so we thought we'd give it a try. DS loved it, though DH (who took him to practice) chuckled at his dribbling attempts (read: sending the ball flying across the court). As soon as we buy a ball, I think the two of them will be doing some practice in our back yard. ROTFLMAO.gif  

 

School is going well. I am also one of those with some "mommy guilt" about not having first day of kindergarten memories, photos, etc. It's seen as such a milestone in our society. That said, our kids will have lots of other happy memories that other kids do not have. They will just be different.

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