Originally Posted by NocturnalMama
Thanks Aimee - this is great advice. I feel like I need to rush - which would likely be counter productive.
Wow, yes - it is about building the excitment. She got lots of that culturally and from us leading up to entering school.... so it would stand to reason that she needs the same stuff for Homeschool.
I think I will start building a Homeschool Library - perhaps taking this year or at least until Christmas to prepare MYSELF wouldnt be a bad idea anyway.
Cool. This is helping a lot. So glad I posted over here.
I think you are right
that this time as a gift, so you are really ready. I have to know i am ready for DH but the boys won't "know" if i flub, skip a day, or am disorgized or whatever -- your DD WILL notice if you are not on top of your game day one.
read, not just curr but books about homeschooling, about ordering your day, about throy ...
get a ton of curr catologes and any and all free things you can find....get a few work books or unit out-lines or whatever (or all of them) and look at them
I am in the middle of that now. We won't offical homeschool till pre-k (my son is a late birthday so he will be mostly 5 in pre-k) and THAT year is a pratice year for me and a chance to wade into it little by little and "show" the nay-sayers ....so for NOW I am reading, I am collecting websites and ordering them by "math" "reading" "printable work sheets" "book lists" and so on ... so when we get closer i have the stuff easy to find (and we are already useing color sheets). I request any and all catologes that look good. I have a chart "possible resources" where i keep a list of things i like (hum maybe this to supp math in Kindergarden? maybe this as a set of themes in pre-K? humm )
I think you need to take the time you have to get you set and strong. know what you want to do, know how you want to do it, know what resources you want to start with (and what your 2nd choices are too
ONCE YOU FEEL STRONG not just in ideal, but in pratical, start causally showing it to DD "hey look at this catologe i got" or just leave the stuff around.
then start to build excitement -- before announceing to her she is going to HS next year -- so she is intrigued and intrested before it si a conflict ("I don't want to leave school, HS will suck").
I am jsut learning now, so we can learn all this together