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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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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!!!!

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!!!

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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. :
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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! :

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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

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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
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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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My 3.5yo regularly uses:
-lots and lots of story books, alphabet stories are his favorite at the moment
-an abacus
-big sibs as teachers
-lots of wooden trains to count and drive all over the house
-blocks
-construction paper letters of his name on the wall for finger tracing
-crayons, colored pencils, etc
-his very own spiral notebook
-neighborhood walks (he points out letters and numbers everywhere)
-and because his big sibs are also hsed, he asks for his own "skoo time" daily. He likes the tracing papers from www.donnayoung.org's beginning handwriting section, and has his own McGraw Hill Spectrum preschool book. I give him no more than two pages a day, they take him anywhere from 3-10 minutes a day.
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Thank you for more WONDERFUL ideas! I do feel a little overwhelmed .... I just needed a place to start! I love all the websites and money saving tips too!

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My 3.5yo regularly uses:

-an abacus
I had one when I was young, but I don't recall what we did with it.

What can you do or kids do with an abacus?

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My preschool list would be:

Sand
Eyedroppers
Spoons
Tweezers
Knitting Mushroom
Fishbowl
Construction paper
Paints
crayons
pastels
magnetic letters
math blocks like cuisenaire rods, Math U See, Mon. beads, or Base 10.
A globe
Puzzle maps
yarn
toilet paper tubes
an easel
mats
trays
books
magnifying glasses
a stethescope
prism
thermometer
musical instruments
yoga mat & dvd
blocks
stamps
stencils
colorforms
dress up/pretend play




A lot of this is stuff already found around the house, but it's all very useful for a preschooler.
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What a great list LilyGrace! Thank you!

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OK... let's get the recipe for this yummy PB playdoh!
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I bought HANDS ON HOMESCHOOLING used from someone for $40 (retails for $90). Some homeschooling mom's may laugh because I bought a curriculum, but I have no idea where to start and wanted to try something that gave me ideas and to see if I liked homeschooling.

It is religious based, which I really didn't want. I would have preferred a secular based one because I don't necessarily like all the Bible stories they want me to teach. So I skip the stories and just do whatever activities I want to do that week.

There are 3 activities a day for 5 days. They include:

Tracing letters/worksheets - 2 activities for the week
Making a bulletin board with a new letter each week (with things that start with that letter...then you run with it in every day use)
Cooking once a week
A few arts/crafts projects
Singing - a new song each week - and we sing the songs from the other weeks
Doing an ALL ABOUT ME book and doing something creative to go with it each week
Of course there is something to do with the Bible story each day.

It gives you an idea of what to teach your little one. I would get a few toddler curriculum books from your library for some arts/crafts ideas or teaching some lessons. Do what you want.

I thought I would do something each day. It doesn't work for me since we go to play group one day, park another, music another, gymnastics another. We are plenty busy with regular play and I have decided on 2 days a week for a few hours each day. We do all the activities I like for the week in those 2 days.

If you put a 3YO in pre-school, they go 2 days a week for 2.5 hours. So I'm doing that and then some.

I thought about getting BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW, but I bought this first, so I will run with it.
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If you put a 3YO in pre-school, they go 2 days a week for 2.5 hours.
Mine went twice a week when he was two, and three times a week when he was three - but most of it was just free play time where they could run around playing with one another, playing on outdoor play equipment, or playing with toys inside. There was also snack time. The rest was short circle times when they sang, listened to music, and did a few fun little movement activities, some extremely simple little craft activities, and various special activities like simple tumbling. Nothing was required of them except for reasonably cooperative behavior that didn't disrupt or hurt anyone - but if one was having trouble keeping it together, he got to sit on a teacher's lap to relax and feel comforted. Lillian

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A book with some great art activities is Young at Art by MaryAnn Kohl. It really opened my eyes to more creative art activities. I ended up using the book to create a "Messy Art" playgroup for my sons' friends.
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WOW! More wonderful ideas!!! I couldn't be more excited!

rahrahgobg ~ I really love that idea ~ HANDS ON HOMESCHOOLING. Where did you get it for more than half the price?

Lillian ~ I am going to check out your link in your sig.

Martha_2sons ~ I will absolutely check that book out! Thank you! What a great idea .... you started your own playgroup with it!

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