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Good secular pre-K?

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Hi,

So, I am thinking about homeschooling my 3-year-old in the fall when she is 4. I thought she would be going to this great preschool, but it looks like that is not going to happen (long story). We go to church sometimes, but I'm looking for a really good SECULAR pre-K curriculum. I know Oak Meadow is supposed to be good. I looked at their website and it seems pretty Waldorfy. My daughter just loves numbers and counting, though, and wants to learn to read, so I'm not sure if this will be a good fit for us.

Any input and/or suggestions?
thanks!
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For a three year old, I'd just piece together things that we both enjoy and that support her learning what she's interested in. If she likes counting, you could get some preschool board games that incorporate counting (Hi Ho Cherry-O is a classic). If she wants to learn to read, you could start with talking about letters, if she doesn't know them yet, and then maybe try a very gentle phonics program (I like ProgressivePhonics.com-- it's free and I like it better than anything I've paid for). But keep in mind that 3 is very very young to start reading, and there's a developmental aspect to reading that means that she may not be able to read yet, no matter what you do. So keep it light and fun, and set it aside if either of you start to get stressed out. 

 

Good luck!

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Thanks for the really good advice! I totally agree that 3 is really young to start reading, and I haven't taught her anything yet other than the alphabet. I wasn't planning on starting anything serious until she is four in the fall. It would be a real shame to push her too much with learning and cause her to lose interest. Also good call on the games...we play "Orchard" a lot, but I will look for some that involve more counting/"math". Honestly, I was just so disappointed that she wouldn't be starting preschool in September like I had planned, I think I started to panic. My mother teaches kindergarten, and she has encouraged me to NOT teach her skills ahead of schedule, but instead try to instill a sense of playtime vs work-time. This is the main problem she sees in kids who have skipped pre-k...not the actual content, but the approach. Since I do intend to send her to public school when she turns five, this is important for me.

Thanks again for your helpful response!
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