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#31 of 50 Old 12-14-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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I'm here with my dd who is 4 and a half. No official curriculum yet. We do a lot of reading. Mostly I read to her but she's starting to do the very basic little readers herself now and I am having her practice writing/tracing letters. She goes to swimming classes. That's pretty much it for school type stuff at the moment.


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Our kids are 4, 6, 8, and 11.


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We have a 5YO. Loving home education so far! Thanks for starting this thread.

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Ok, my favorite:  "she wants to play the bagpipes" !!!  Super cute! 

 

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Raising my hand. I have two boys-age 4 and 2. I am a former elementary school teacher/literacy specialist, and children's literature has always been a focus of mine. Naturally, a literature based focus has followed me into this season of homeschooling. With older DS, I started out the year doing Core P 4/5 from Sonlight, but as time has passed I have found myself pretty much abandoning that core and repeating Core P 3/4 from last year, while throwing in lots and lots of library books (as well as portions of P 4/5-like Science.) We'll repeat P 4/5 next year for Kindergarten--I feel that is more age appropriate for my son. He can follow it now, but will get so much more out of that core when he is a little older. Also, ever since DS2 gave up his naps, it became easier when I could also throw in books that he can follow along with somewhat.

 

As far as other homeschooling materials, we use HWT Pre-K for handwriting, and I also encourage him to sometimes write letters/label pictures he draws-that kind of thing. He does sometimes do the DEL books from the P 4/5 core; they really are great for working with perceptual issues. We aren't doing formal math, but he plays with math manipulatives and watches Mathtacular a fair bit. We also talk about numbers and math at times when it feels natural, for example when we are at the store. He has recently started reading (something he started doing fairly naturally), so he does read to one of us for about 10 minutes at bedtime--usually books like Biscuit, Henry & Mudge Puppy Books, the easiest Dr. Seuss books...that kind of thing. So, in other words, not doing a whole lot of formal stuff yet--but definitely capitalizing on the teachable moments.

 

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Hello! I am homeschooling my DS, age 4. Have been unofficially but wanted to do more curriculum starting this August. We do HWT, Math U See (He breezed through Primer in 2 months is in Alpha), Click n Spell, and some Abeka 1st Grade History & Science. DS is likely gifted, so learning is always interesting with him. He does a lot of reading- mainly chess tactics books (his obsession) and then books I bring home from the librabry.

 

I'm a pretty bad homeschooling mom right now though with a just-turned 2 yr-old live wire DD and a 3 week old newborn. So I'm glad he reads and we just do a lot of talking about all sorts of topics because I'm lucky if I do any sort of curriculum twice a week these days!! I need organization!


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Since summer ended we have been meandering along on a Charlotte Mason-ish path with 5.5yo DD. It's been a good fit with her personality and learning style. joy.gif AmblesideOnline.

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My oldest turns 5 next month, my middle is 3 and the baby is 10 months.. I have slowly started to set aside time each day for "school" and will start a Kindergarten curriculum in the Fall. Technically we don't have to register for the school district until 7 but my husband is very vocal about wanting her to be at the grade level everyone her age is at. Hes not 100 percent sold on homeschooling and is getting shaker the older our daughters get and the more family pressure we get to put them in school.


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me ! :wave: I have a almost 5 yr old (offically pre-k this year) and a 2 1/2 year old. I started with Little Acorn learning when DS1 was itty bitty and moving withing the waldorf spectrum. :) I've tried and tested out basically EVERY pre-k / kindy program out there. lol


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I have a 6 year old who I guess will be homeschooled come easter. At the moment she is at a waldorf kindergarten 3 half days a week. I don't start academic work with mine until they leave kindergarten, though with her it is tricky because she REALLY wants to do it, so she does some stuff when her older brother is working. I also have a nearly 4 year old-I won't be doing anything formal with her for about 3 years though!


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I ave a newly 6 year old who we pulled out of public Kindergarten due to a painful and epic teacher-student mismatch. (You can probably excavate the thread over in Learning at School if you're curious, but things got really disgustingly bad before we pulled him, which I'm not proud of.) We've been homeschooling for a couple of weeks now and it sounds like we're much more academic and school-at-home-ish than most people here -- which is totally fine, we're following DS's cues, and that's where he's at right now but that may change as we go.

 

Right now, he does school for 90 minutes or so in the mornings with his dad. They focus on reading, writing and math every day. Currently, DS picks out one of the graded reading books from our library every week, and so he reads that book every day for a week -- initially working on decoding (he's already got really good phonics skills due to too many hours on starfall.com...) and then on fluency. He writes down new words from each book in his 'dictionary'. He's got some worksheets to reinforce phonics, and has to write a sentence or two in his journal each day for handwriting. Math-wise, he's got worksheets and manipulatives to use with them for basic adding and subtracting and is working on math facts with flashcard. Once he's got those down, we've got materials for place-value lessons and adding/subtracting two digit numbers, but I don't know if we'll get to those before summertime. We also have two great math project books (Family Math and 100 Math Projects for First Grade) that we do activities from.

 

For the rest of his curriculum, we use the core knowledge sequence as a guide.  It seems to sort of match up with what our public schools are doing, and it helps me to have a guide as to what to teach content-wise, otherwise we'd end up spending all our time on the Civil War (my current obsession) and Dinosaurs (DS's current obsession). We want to handle those things in a more project-based way, but we're still in the planning stages and don't want to overload ourselves. We've also added recorder and handwork from some more Waldorf-influenced books, and DS takes Judo and swimming lessons for PE.

 

That sounds way more 'challenging' and academic than what other people are doing, but we're trying to true up with DS's public school curriculum as much as we can, and his kindergarten literally WAS this academic-focused. Frankly, I think that's sick and wrong, but since we don't think we'll homeschool next year and we don't know where we're going to be physically (I've got some job stuff happening that means we literally could be anywhere in the world by September of next year, including right where we are...) we want to make sure he's academically ready for where ever he ends up, so we push formal reading and math more than we would otherwise.

 

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That sounds way more 'challenging' and academic than what other people are doing, but we're trying to true up with DS's public school curriculum as much as we can, and his kindergarten literally WAS this academic-focused. Frankly, I think that's sick and wrong, but since we don't think we'll homeschool next year and we don't know where we're going to be physically (I've got some job stuff happening that means we literally could be anywhere in the world by September of next year, including right where we are...) we want to make sure he's academically ready for where ever he ends up, so we push formal reading and math more than we would otherwise.

 



 

We will probably be doing a lot more academic stuff come June/July (when I start the "new year") since my oldest would technically be in Kindergarten age wise.. My husband wants her kept where she would be if she was in school (the older she gets the less he wants me to home school her) and I'm not up for yet another fight with him about homeschooling. Shes ready as well, she asks to learn to read/write/do math stuff etc. I don't know if I'M ready for it! Shes a bit of a challenging child at times and I don't know about patience.. But I said the same thing about a lot of things so I know the patience will come when needed.. I need to sit down and decide on a curriculum of sorts for her.. I want to piece together one that keeps with her interests and will challenge her.. Like me she bores really easily.


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We've been following their interests thus far, but we'll be following AO too. We'll be official in April, but in an attempt to form a more school-like routine we'll be doing artist and composer study, nature study, readings, and handicrafts in a more formal way starting Tuesday. :)

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I have a 4-almost-5 yo ds and 3 yo dd.  We aren't officially home-schooling, but I am strongly considering it for next year as opposed to public kindergarten which I just can't really bear the thought of.  Mainly because I am just not really a believer in early academics, unless of course, as some have said that it is initiated by the child.  We read and write a lot in our house and ds is becoming more and more interested, on his own, in writing out letters and also in trying to read.  After reading lots about Waldorf as well as other thoughts on early academics I just want him to learn to read and write at his own pace, when it just clicks for him.  I also want him to be able to spend most of his days outdoors while he is young, not made to sit at a desk.  So, I haven't officially decided to keep him home next year, but that is the direction I'm leaning.  Even though I think in my heart, this is what I know is best, I am having trouble making an actual decision.  


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My oldest two are turning 6 and 4. Our 6 year old would be in Sr. Kindergarten if he were in public school, but we're doing K/1 with him. Our 4 year old isn't doing much but we're starting word families and compound sounds and we've done some Letter of the Week-type activities.

 

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I have a 4 year old, but I also have kids who are 13, 11, 8 and 3 months.  :) 

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I am home educating my five year old daughter. 


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I'm here..my daughter will be 5 in 2 weeks. We've not started "formal" homeschooling, but have been learning all along.

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We have a 3.5 year old daughter and will be focusing on home learning at least for the next few years.  My older two are in public school, but options for early childhood learning experiences are not so hot in these parts.  She attended a nursery school program 2 mornings per week in the fall, but it wasn't a comfortable fit for our family (DD enjoyed socializing with friends, but DH and I were not pleased with program).  Our little one is the youngest and craves all the things she see the older two doing-- homework, projects, independent reading etc... so we are just following her lead and enthusiasm right now.

 

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We're homeschooling our 4.5 year old.  Its kind of weird saying that because less than a year ago it was more just that we hadn't sent him to school yet.  Now we actively do "school".  I don't really worry about what specifically we do as "schoolwork" any given day, I just want to start the habit of setting aside a bit of time as "school".  We do workbooks, have music/dance time, play games, read books, draw pictures, preschool stuff.  He loves maps and globes and learning different countries.  I didn't want to start reading yet and only work on reading as much as it takes to get him to sound out some words... he always wants to write things so I try to get him to think about how to spell the words sometimes instead of just telling him how.  He likes flashcards, so we have some with letters and numbers and addition, he knows them all, but he just likes going through them.  It would all be pretty fun if my 20 month old wasn't always trying to prevent us from doing anything :)

 

 


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