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I am looking for some home schooling materials for my little pre-school age'd guy. Any pointers, websites, etc??? I am new here!
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Books. Lots of books. It's always nice to have a library card.
crayons, markers, paints
LOTS of paper
art eisle if you'd like (my boys love theirs)
magnet letters and numbers. (our art eisle has a magnetic dry erase board on one side)
shape sorter type toys.
peg puzzles, where each piece has it's own spot.
duplos or some kind of construction type blocks.

This is something you might be interested in.

Remember your ds is still young and really just learning about life so there's really nothing you should do education wise, besides just being there to answer questions, point out things, and love him.
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post #4 of 54
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WONDERFUL!! THANK YOU! I am going to check out the websites right away! Great tips too!! I just love that I am here for him!

Thank you again!!!!
post #5 of 54
Nature (the great outdoors) and as much as you can get of it.
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It's also very helpful to have extra empty jars laying around the house for catching creepy crawlers for a bit of observation before letting them go. Or you can get some cheap plastic critter carriers at most pet stores. whatsthatbug.com comes in handy.

Right now my boys are watching a jumping spider I caught this afternoon, build a web in an old spaghetti sauce jar. And I'm looking for printable spider coloring pages. Looks like a trip to the library tomorrow too.

Preschool is fun.

familyfun.com has lots of great craft ideas.
post #7 of 54
Our favorite websites are www.starfall.com

www.pbs.org and www.noggin.com

We also love our leapster with letter factory games and the Leap Frog DVDs.


And we must have 100's of books that we own and go to the library and check out 3 bags full each week.
post #8 of 54
This article by the creator of Eclectic Homeschool Online has lots of fun suggestions for materials: Preschool Homeschooling.

My own article on preschool/kindergarten also has suggestions, althought they're more mixed in with activities.

And there are oodles of fun ideas, a lot of very lowcost ones among them, in the sites that are linked to underneath the box of artilces on this page:
preschool/kindergarten learning activities.

Lillian
post #9 of 54
My dd also loves starfall.com. She also like the puzzles and coloring on uptoten.com. We're using letter of the week as a framework for letter recognition. She can sing the ABC song ad nauseum, but she doesn't recognize all the letters yet. We also do crayons, paints, and there's a homemade playdough recipe we'll be making up soon. We also include her in lots of home chores and take walks a few times a week around the neighborhood.
post #10 of 54
Thread Starter 
I can't thank you enough mamas for all the wonderful posts!! I really really appreciate and I am going to look at every link! Thank you!!

We do a lot of reading now, coloring & arts/crafts, exploring, flashcards, and learning toys ....

Thank you all again!!!
post #11 of 54
Right now, my ds1's fav thing to do is crafts. Paints, playdoh, any type of craft project. And books, of course. : I would say just get a big box full of all kinds of stuff to make things- paper plates, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, plenty of glue, scissors, different types of paints, papers, tissue paper in different colors, cotton balls, markers and crayons, oil pastels, paper towel and tp tubes, empty boxes, tin foil, fabric scraps, felt, yarn. I think you get the picture, lol. :
post #12 of 54
I like www.disountschoolsupply.com for art supplies. they have alot of neat stuff! and I was buying playdoh local and it was costing a FORTUNE! :
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I like www.disountschoolsupply.com for art supplies. they have alot of neat stuff! and I was buying playdoh local and it was costing a FORTUNE! :
Have you made your own? It can be really nice. Here are some recipes:

"The best playdough ever"

Homemade Playdough Recipes

Lillian
post #14 of 54
thanks for the recipes. I have made it once. (and we do PB play dough too every once in awhile) I should try this again!
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(and we do PB play dough too every once in awhile)
What's PB play dough? Lillian
post #16 of 54
peanut butter play dough
http://www.kinderart.com/kitchen/pbutterplaydoh.shtml
(you can use other nut butters too)
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peanut butter play dough
http://www.kinderart.com/kitchen/pbutterplaydoh.shtml
(you can use other nut butters too)


So...it's not as gross as it sounds, I take it? :

Sorry - couldn't resist... - Lillian
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So...it's not as gross as it sounds, I take it? :

Sorry - couldn't resist... - Lillian
oh no! it tastes like PB fudge and is great as a dough! I have fond memories myself of the stuff from when I was little! I think it's the novelty of being able to eat it!
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I could eat a bowl of PB playdough. It's seriously yummy.
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