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Hi:<br><br>
I've begun researching various homeschooling ideas for my DS who is 2.5. I came across this site called Berry Best Preschool. Basically, they send you a monthly shipment which gives you two activities per day... one craft and one curriculum-oriented. The stuff is designed for kids 2-5. It's less then $20/month.<br><br>
I'm thinking of trying it as I'd love to do a craft with my son (so far, we've basically played with Crayola Wonder stuff and bubbles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.. but planning it or even getting to a crafts store in NYC with a 5 month old and a 2.5 yr old is quite difficult.<br><br>
If you used it, did you like it??<br><br>
Do you have any other homeschool ideas/activities for a 2.5/3 yr old? (Looking for next fall mainly.)<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm thinking of trying it as I'd love to do a craft with my son (so far, we've basically played with Crayola Wonder stuff and bubbles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.. but planning it or even getting to a crafts store in NYC with a 5 month old and a 2.5 yr old is quite difficult.</div>
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<span>Well, at the rate of almost $20/month, that's almost $240 a year. Seems to me you could buy a fair amount of nice craft materials on art websites like <a href="http://www.dickblick.com/" target="_blank">Dick Blick</a> and/or one of the Waldorf supplies sites for using with ideas from some of the good, free children's sites like <a href="http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/" target="_blank">Enchanted Learning</a>. Take a look at this page of links for lots of ideas - the ones underneath the box of articles:<br><a href="http://www.besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html" target="_blank">Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Activities</a>. The resource you're talking about might be a perfectly good buy, but I just find it hard to imagine that it would be a great improvement over buying some fun stuff and getting free ideas online and in books from the library. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Lillian</span>
 

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I too thought it was a little expensive. Have you checked out littlekidcrafts.com? I got two books from there loaded with crafts for $15. Or you could check out orientaltrader.com for prepackaged crafts. They make great gifts since you get the craft by the dozen.
 

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Yes, I know it's expensive... but compared to preschool art classes or gymboree in my area, it's cheap! I think I'd only do it for a month or two to get an idea of which types of art/crafts my son likes.<br><br>
Thanks so much for the great resources!!! Oriental Trading could become dangerous for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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