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#31 of 49 Old 08-09-2007, 01:59 PM
 
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Cool - Thanks! Here are the ones I ended up getting - I may order the buggy one & under the sea & on the farm for later in the year/early spring/next summer.

Unbe"leafable" Leaves
Happy Harvest
Halloween is here
An Alphabet of Story books
A Rainbow of Colors
Numbers
Shapes

I'm thinking this will cover the basics for a bitbut give me some seasonal type stuff to do with her.

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Those sound like fun Kate. I ordered the Halloween one yesterday. I'm interested in the Happy Harvest one and the Leaves but I think by the time we finish the Under the Sea it will be time to start Halloween. The others I'm ordering soon are the Thanksgiving one and the Holidays around the world.
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This is a great thread and I appreciate all the links!

We have Sonlight prek and will do a light version of that with ds2 who is 3.5. We'll do the stories and science and fun math but not the workbooks. I'd also like to incorporate some Waldorf-y rhythm to the day. I love homeschooling and can hardly wait for the year to begin (except that I'm going to miss ds1 when he heads off to 1st grade at our local Catholic school...it's this time of year that always makes me consider homeschooling beyond preschool/kindergarten!!!! )
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We plan to homeschool. DS is 3.5 yrs old and honestly, I haven't even really thought anything much about "school" yet. Just in the last few days it has been SOOOOO hot here we've stayed inside and I realize it would be really nice to have a regular bunch of ideas laying around to try for rainy/hot/indoor days. Usually we just wander around doing errands, going to museums, playgrounds, gardens, etc. We play with trains, read books, get messy, talk to the neighbors. I was just looking at the Oak Meadow curriculum for preschoolers and I really liked some of the ideas, thinking of getting one of their books just to give me some more good ideas of fun ways to learn.
SO this is my first post here, and hopefully (as time allows ) I would love to share more ideas!

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I don't really belong here with you guys, but I feel best here! I've been reading up on homeschooling and dh and I plan to homeschool our dd..... she's 7 months!

But I got a job in a preschool right now and I'm hoping to pick your brains,,, if you kick me out I'll just have to be a lurker.....

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Can anyone give me some ideas for how to incorporate some of the things you mention into our day? How much time do you spend actually homeschooling? especially with a child as young as 2. Is it 15 min here, 20 there. I don't want a rigid schedule, but I think we could use some sort of guideline. Like, one week is about water, and ideas/activities for everyday. Specific examples welcome! And more links too please!

We do 15 minutes here and there... We typically average about 1 hour per day... Our weekends are our "off" days, but ds wants to work on the weekends also.. But we also have a lot of "learning experiences" throughout the day... counting money, sorting shapes, cooking, etc

We are breaking things into months.. Focusing on one thing every month, if he has showed that he is advanced, then we will move on, but not leave behind the other stuff..
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I don't really belong here with you guys, but I feel best here! I've been reading up on homeschooling and dh and I plan to homeschool our dd..... she's 7 months!

But I got a job in a preschool right now and I'm hoping to pick your brains,,, if you kick me out I'll just have to be a lurker.....

Let me stay:
I dont mind you staying at all.. and I do not see why other people would I love hearing from facilitiy preschoolers as well as homers
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Is there an offical website for the Earth School curriculum? Or is the KandF website the only one?
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Is there an offical website for the Earth School curriculum? Or is the KandF website the only one?
That's the only one I know of. I don't think she has it affliliated with any of her other sites...
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We plan to homeschool. DS is 3.5 yrs old and honestly, I haven't even really thought anything much about "school" yet. Just in the last few days it has been SOOOOO hot here we've stayed inside and I realize it would be really nice to have a regular bunch of ideas laying around to try for rainy/hot/indoor days. Usually we just wander around doing errands, going to museums, playgrounds, gardens, etc. We play with trains, read books, get messy, talk to the neighbors. I was just looking at the Oak Meadow curriculum for preschoolers and I really liked some of the ideas, thinking of getting one of their books just to give me some more good ideas of fun ways to learn.
SO this is my first post here, and hopefully (as time allows ) I would love to share more ideas!

Can I play?? I have a 3.5yr. old as well that I will start HS'ng in Sep.
Right now I'm still figuring it all out.

Lizabird--I am also in NC, and yes 104 has been waaayyy to hot for me!! (or for anyone I suppose..) Where in NC are you?

I'm also looking into the Oak Meadow curriculum as well as Enki. Folks that have used these--what do you think??
The earth school units look really interesting as well.
Do any of you also have infants at home? If so, how has that worked for you with HS'ng. I also work PT out of the home...so I guess I'll have to figure that out as well....:
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Andrea, I have a 2 year old at home, but he functions like an infant.. He is special needs and requires a lot of care.. I work my school around his care. He is involved with some of the school stuff (like messing up my pretty stacks of papers)
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Andrea, I have a 2 year old at home, but he functions like an infant.. He is special needs and requires a lot of care.. I work my school around his care. He is involved with some of the school stuff (like messing up my pretty stacks of papers)
Thanks Khourtniey! Just curious, if you don't mind sharing, what your HS'ng day looks like w/both kids.
If others don't mind sharing as well.....I'm really curious what the "day in the life of a homeschooled preschooler" looks like.
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Well mine is quite different than the typical. My 2 year old has a nurse during the day so he pretty much stays in his room (has too much equipment to move around from room to room). He is connected to a ventilator that only has so much slack, so me and my older son go out of his reach in his room.

Our typical homeschool time is at night, but we work things in schoolwise during his old playtimes.. Sometimes instead of playing cars we will work on colouring or just simple stuff like that..

Schedule/routine wise it looks a lot like this:

Wake
breakfast
dishes
play time/school time
lunch
play time
snack
school time
dinner
play
play
play
school
then bath and bed


My youngest requires care every 2 hours (feeds, respiratory treatments, caths, meds, etc).. My older boy helps a lot with that and he is also learning all about medical stuff. When I do not have nurses we all stay in my youngest sons room (we literally only leave for potty and food breaks) and we play and do school in between the care.

We do a lot of unschooling stuff, so whilst doing the dishes for instance we will work on counting them, or naming thier colours or shapes and the same for other play time. I try to make everything a learning experience.. Not just counting and colours but other stuff that (I feel) school does not teach.. Like life lessons.

The nice thing about homeschooling is that you do not have to have a set time to do a certain subject like in regular school... Math at 9.30 everyday in regular school might be the typical, but for us math can be at 9.30am or 3pm and Im not stressing if Its 5pm and we still have not covered anything.
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We really don't have a set time period but this week (which I decided was the beginning of our year) we've found that right after breakfast is the perfect time for us. I plan on a hour to a hour and a half but if we need more time or less time we are flexible.

This week we've done the following:
Read about cowboys and visited a local old farm.
Read about firefighters and visited our fire station.

Also we've done the first 3 pages of Handwriting without tears prek workbook. Drawn pictures of anything we find interesting. Work a little with the Singapore earlybird math workbook and work on fine motor skills with practice tracing lines.
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I have been following this thread, but I was afraid to post because of the heat I got on another thread for calling myself a homeschooler when my oldest is 31 months. Here I go...

We are using www.letteroftheweek.com. We started the 26 week long prep curriculum, which essentially introduces colors, shapes, letters, numbers, etc. The letters and numbers part of this specific 26 weeks is letter and number recognition (i.e. when Hayden looks at a letter "Aa", he knows it is a letter and not a drawing) and nothing more at this point. Then next series of 26 weeks is letter recognition with sound association (i.e. Hayden looks at a letter, knows it is a letter and not a drawing, and recognizes that the letter is a symbol for the sound).

Hayden has no idea we are doing school. He thinks we are just doing cool stuff while his brother is sleeping. He is right! We are playing with a purpose!

We started last week, and the theme was cows. The vocab word was calf, letter a, number 1 and shape square. We collected a ton of cow, calf, letter a, etc. books at the library. We sang "Hey Diddle Diddle" and "Old McDonald" over and over all week. We did a ton of reading (books and poems), coloring, painting, singing, etc. all week.

Our week wrapped up with a visit to a friend's farm where some of her fall cows were calving early. I was so very proud of being a homeschooler when ds turned to me and said, "Look mama...a calf!" Calf was our vocabulary word, and it was so gratifying for him to make the connection from our classroom (also the living room floor!) and the real world.

Our theme this week is Jungles, vocab word is vines, letter b, number 2, color green. We read The Jungle Book and Jungle Drums (amazing illustrations) this morning, and ran around the house acting like jungle animals swinging from vine to vine.

Looking forward to k and the grades, we will probably lean toward a more holistic style and curriculum (really liking enki right now). For the time being, we are just doing the things that Hayden's playmates are doing when they go to preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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I have a 4 year old and recently turned 3 year old that i am homeschooling.
I cannot wait talk with you all more about all this.
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Subbing, we plan to start hsing my dd on Monday... Getting very excited :-)

I am still planning what i'd like to cover, subject wise and am interested in reading through what others plan to cover and how you have your year planned. I have not yet read through everything in thsi thread yet so maybe people already have posted such things :-)
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Hi! We'll be starting preschool with Nik on Sept 10th so it's time for me to join this thread. I'm very excited to be here.

Our homeschooling philosophy is closest to that of Charlotte Mason. I love a lot of the Waldorf ideas as well. So we're mixing the two and adding some Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready activities for my 2 year old, who will want to be doing everything his brother does.

So our first week's books/activities will be:
opening verse (daily)
I Knew a Gnome by Trevor Smith Westgarth (poem)
The Song of the Hazelnut Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
The Song of the Acorn Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
Rainbow Bird by Eric Maddern
The Great Kapok Tree by Selby Beeler
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
make collages using nuts, seeds, and spices
nature walks and journal
make music with pieces of wood
have a fire and roast marshmallows
gather toys from nature (stones, sticks, etc)
observe a tree
find a stump to sit on like the old man in The Giving Tree
gather maple leaves
go apple picking
sort nuts
make apple dolls
identify things in our house that come from trees
make apple crisp
artist: John James Audubon
composer: Bach
habit to work on: even temper

I'm sure we won't do it all, and that's fine, but I like to have ideas. I'm a list maker! Our artist "study" is simply a picture of that artist's hanging on the wall, and composer "study" means we'll listen to that composer in the car. He has a terrible temper (like his Momma ) so we're going to try to find solutions together to control it.

Nate, who just turned 2, will be having fun with "Top & Bottom" from Slow & Steady.

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Subbing for ideas. We're really going to work on finding homeschool friends this year. Most of the kids her age in playgroup are off to preschool this year... :

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I know what you mean. That is how it is for Abigail this year as all fo her friends start Kindergarden.

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