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We are certain that we will be homeschooling our kids, and Noah is 2 now- perhaps a little early to start, but not too early to research! Should I be looking for a co-op or something like that in our area? We are in Michigan- Detroit area. I am thinking through the whole "socialization" issue, and would like to learn what's out there, and be certain that I don't try and overcompensate, oversocializing Noah in the process, but I would appreciate the support of an HS community.<br><br>
I'd appreciate any pointers! I'm so new at this. I guess we all have to start somewhere..
 

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<span>Okay, this should keep you busy for a while. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Here are some suggestions for MDC threads where you can pick up a lot of tips. And <i>in them</i> are links to other helpful threads and/or other web pages that are useful:<br></span>
<ul><li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=624596" target="_blank">Where to Start</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=588795" target="_blank">Is 3 too young?</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=359690" target="_blank">Things kids learn from their own interests</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=397017" target="_blank">homeschooling book reviews</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=390722" target="_blank">books that influenced you to homeschool</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=395631" target="_blank">books for getting started</a></span></li>
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And an annotated list of books whose titles you can click on and go to the Amazon.com page to find out more and maybe even "look inside" if they've been set up with that feature. That way, you can take a closer look at some of the books you read about:<br><a href="http://www.hsc.org/chaos/resources/general.php" target="_blank">Helpful books about homeschooling and/or learning in general</a><br><br>
Here are some good lists of support groups - there may be slight differences, so I'd suggest looking through them all:</span>
<ul><li><span><a href="http://www.homeedmag.com/wlcm_groups.html" target="_blank">Home Ed Mag</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.nhen.org/support/groups/browse.asp" target="_blank">NHEN</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/support.htm" target="_blank">A - Z</a></span></li>
</ul><span>And you can start one. There are others like you out there who would love to find one. Here are some articles on doing that:</span>
<ul><li><span><a href="http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/supportStart.htm" target="_blank">On the A to Z Home's Cool site</a></span></li>
<li><span><a href="http://www.nhen.org/support/leadership.asp?id=313" target="_blank">On the National Home Education Network site</a></span></li>
<li><span>And <a href="http://www.hsc.org/chaos/gettingstarted/gettingstarted.php#support" target="_blank">this one</a> mentions some resources specific to California but has more general ideas as well.</span></li>
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I wouldn't worry about "oversocializing" him - because you'd get pretty burned out from running around long before you'd be able to do that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. A homeschool community that's a good fit is a wonderful thing, and well worth going out of your way to find or create.<br><br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian<br><br></span>
 

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Lillian's link is great!!! One of our favorites. <a href="http://besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html" target="_blank">(Best Homeschooling)</a><br><br>
We've joined our local free homeschooling group, but there's not much in the way for preschool activities yet. I signed him up for a gym class at the local community center (only $35!!) and the we splurged and are doing a toddler art class that's local. Normally I wouldn't pay for the art class this young, but I'm pregnant and not been well so I thought it would be a treat for him.<br><br>
For play ideas (that will naturally teach) these are my favorite resources:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSlow-Steady-Get-Me-Ready%2Fdp%2F159160236X%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F105-2524962-5314029%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188559375%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank"><br>
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFirst-Art-Experiences-Toddlers-Twos%2Fdp%2F0876592221%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F105-2524962-5314029%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188559408%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">First Art</a> (and later <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPreschool-Art-Its-Process-Product%2Fdp%2F0876591683%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_3_img%2F105-2524962-5314029%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188559408%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Preschool Art</a>)<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FToddlers-Busy-Book-Trish-Kuffner%2Fdp%2F0671317741%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_1_img%2F105-2524962-5314029%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188559408%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Toddler Busy Book</a> (and later <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPreschoolers-Busy-Book-Creative-Activities%2Fdp%2F0671316338%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_1_img%2F105-2524962-5314029%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188559408%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Preschool Busy Book</a>)<br><br>
There is some overlap between Slow & Steady and the busy books, and if I had to choose only one I'd choose Slow & Steady.<br><br>
That, along with books, poems, nursery rhymes, outdoor play should be all you need to get started.<br><br>
You help them learn counting, sorting, colors, etc. just by conversing with them through the day and encouraging them to participate in every day activities with you.<br><br>
There are lots of other books you can find to take out from the library just by surfing amazon and requesting at the library. I like to read them just for ideas and then if I see something really good I just make a copy. I only purchase a book if more than half of the book has been post-it flagged with ideas.<br><br>
Without books we've been counting, sorting, learning colors, learning about family, safety, nature walks, trips to zoo, aquarium and children's museum and we go to the library twice a week - once to mine and once to my mil's.<br><br>
We read tons - generally about things that interest him. There are a number of reading lists online that I've bookmarked and just use those for suggestions when I'm overwhelmed. I let him pick most of the books and then just a few mixed in from suggested reading lists.<br><br>
We don't own one workbook... just lots of crayons, art supplies, etc. He is fascinated with bugs right now and so we ordered him an ant farm for his 3rd birthday.
 

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You might want to look for the book "Einstein Never Used Flash Cards." It's written by a couple of developmental psychologists, and does a beautiful job of breaking down and explaining all of the learning that occurs naturally in the preschool years.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might want to look for the book "Einstein Never Used Flash Cards." It's written by a couple of developmental psychologists, and does a beautiful job of breaking down and explaining all of the learning that occurs naturally in the preschool years.</div>
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I LOVED <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> this book along with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBetter-Late-Than-Early-Education%2Fdp%2F0883490498%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F105-6287254-5918820%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188576272%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Better-Late-Th...8576272&sr=1-1</a>. It really helped cement our decision to not do any early academics unless DD asked for it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might want to look for the book "Einstein Never Used Flash Cards." It's written by a couple of developmental psychologists, and does a beautiful job of breaking down and explaining all of the learning that occurs naturally in the preschool years.</div>
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<span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> And there's a link to a <a href="http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Pasek1.html" target="_blank">lengthy excerpt from it</a>, as well as articles with discussion from the authors - and lots of other helpful articles - on my <a href="http://besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html" target="_blank">preschool/kindergarten page</a>.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian</span>
 

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Wow. Thank-you! This is an awesome, astronomical amount of information, and I've got my work cut out for me, for sure! I will get on reading these links, and make a book list so I can get reading. I'm glad I'm looking into HS early on, since it gives me time to relax while I learn what our options are, and take inspiration from what others are doing.<br><br>
Certainly, I feel that I am already homeschooling Noah in that I take cues from him, and encourage him to love learning and confidently pursue whatever catches his interest at this point. It's all play, and it's so much fun! My goal is to foster that enthusiasm for learning that is so natural for him, and to support him in keeping it alive. I'll do all I can!<br><br>
Now, off I go to research!
 

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Glad to see you so excited! there is tons out there! I learned real quick to make use of the library to preview books before purchasing! Saved me from a lot of bad "definitely not for us" choices.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow. Thank-you! This is an awesome, astronomical amount of information, and I've got my work cut out for me, for sure! I will get on reading these links, and make a book list so I can get reading. I'm glad I'm looking into HS early on, since it gives me time to relax while I learn what our options are, and take inspiration from what others are doing.<br><br>
Certainly, I feel that I am already homeschooling Noah in that I take cues from him, and encourage him to love learning and confidently pursue whatever catches his interest at this point. It's all play, and it's so much fun! My goal is to foster that enthusiasm for learning that is so natural for him, and to support him in keeping it alive. I'll do all I can!<br><br>
Now, off I go to research!</div>
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I decided to homeschool when Kenna was 2 as well. The first thing I did was to seek out a homeschool group that we would fit into well, and joined it right away. We started to go to the monthly meetings, field trips, etc. and loved it. The group is no longer in existence now, but it was how I made all of our current connections and friends.
 

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Here are some of the books that really convinced and inspired me:<br><br>
Family Matters by David Guterson<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFamily-Matters-Homeschooling-Makes-Sense%2Fdp%2F0156300001%2Fref%3Dsr_1_3%2F102-9591623-5839336%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188653882%26sr%3D1-3" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Family-Matters...8653882&sr=1-3</a><br><br>
And the Skylark Sings with Me by David Alberts<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSkylark-Sings-Adventures-Homeschooling-Community-Based%2Fdp%2F0865714010%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F102-9591623-5839336%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188653951%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Skylark-Sings-...8653951&sr=1-1</a><br><br>
Have Fun, Learn Stuff, Grow by David Alberts<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHave-Fun-Learn-Stuff-Grow%2Fdp%2F1567513700%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_1%2F102-9591623-5839336%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188653951%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Have-Fun-Learn...8653951&sr=1-1</a><br><br>
Dumbing us Down by John Taylor Gatto<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDumbing-Down-Curriculum-Compulsory-Schooling%2Fdp%2F0865714487%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_2%2F102-9591623-5839336%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188654102%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Dumbing-Down-C...8654102&sr=1-2</a><br><br>
How Children Learn by John Holt (this would have been great to read when my kids where toddlers)<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FChildren-Learn-Classics-Child-Development%2Fdp%2F0201484048%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_2%2F102-9591623-5839336%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188654145%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Children-Learn...8654145&sr=1-2</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here are some of the books that really convinced and inspired me:</div>
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<span><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"> Oh, I agree! Wonderful books!!! - Lillian</span>
 
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