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hi everyone,<br>
this is my first time posting in this forum. i'v been interested in the concept and philosophy of homeschooling for some time now but haven't quite decided if my family is a good candidate for it. my son just turned three and i was wondering if there were certain things i can start doing now just to "practice" what life would be like if we were to homeschool. just so i can get a good idea as to whether or not it might work for us.<br><br>
any thoughts or ideas? thanks a bunch.<br><br>
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Hi Rowan,<br><br>
My son is 3 as well. We learn through play. Any interests he has/ develops, we follow up on and discover more about them together. For example, he has started to become very interested in dinosaurs, so we went to a dinosaur museum, he has little model dinosaurs which he LOVES, we read books on dinosaurs and look at pictures of them online etc.<br><br>
For toddlers, their whole day is exciting and fun, and they are always learning & discovering new things.<br><br>
I would just go with the flow for now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have a 3 year old DS too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> we also learn through play and everyday activities and follow up on areas ds expresses an interest in. Last night for example we went to fireworks event and among other things there were people dressed up as Vikings, ds hasn't stopped asking questions since (no mention of the fireworks lol) so we have been finding what we can online today and made a Viking hat for him to wear, the library is open tomorrow so we will go there and look for books on Vikings and see if there is a museum we can visit.
 

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Hi Vegetalien,<br><br>
Any parent of a toddler knows how they are a little sponge and learn from everything around them. If you were to trust in that, that is to let your child to continue to learn from everything around himself , then you would be unschooling. That's just one way to homeschool. You could go out and buy a curriculum. But, you are already "doing" it in effect by letting your child explore and learn in his own way and at his own pace.<br><br>
That is what homeschooling is. And aren't you absolutely blown away at how much your son already knows about various things and how he can make his own connections and see different patterns? Children really are natural learners.<br><br>
What if you just continued to do that, to allow for that? As his interests expanded and you joined a homeschooling group, went on fieldtrips by yourselves and with others how self-assured and poised do you think he would become? My kids are fearless. I think a lot of that has to do with us supporting them completely and allowing them their own thoughts.<br><br>
OTOH, imagine if your son was in a room with 20 other kids and he's excited about something, but has to sort of stuff that down because it's not what's on the agenda for the day. How would that increase his sense of himself? How would that improve his thinking acuity if he has to shift and think what the teacher says is important to think about at that point?<br><br>
Homeschooling is wonderful. Even on the worst days (there are some of those), when we are restless or bored or on top of each other--still, it is so preferable to me and my family.<br><br>
I was told by many when I was first considering homeschooling that it is so much easier to start out homeschooling and then put them in school, if it doesn't work out, than it is to start out in school and then pull them out.<br><br>
Read John Jolt--anything. Read John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind of Teacher. Read Alison McKee, Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves.<br><br>
Enjoy your son.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've also got a 3 year old. And due to her personality and things I've heard about the school system, I'm pretty sure we're going to home school. I've jointed the local homeschooling group- actually I was lucky that we have an Unschooling group here to join. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> However, I'm not a pure unschooler. So I've been reading different theories of homeschooling and education in general. So far I've read about: Unschooling, Waldorf, and Montissori, and tried a little of each for a week or 2. Right now we are doing the Montissori and I am loving it. I got some links for online resources, and if you are interested, I'd be happy to share. I'm doing things in a low key way with my child. I try to plan a few activities to introduce daily- like making sure we take time to do puzzles, or string beads- while counting them and talking about shapes and patterns, or color or play games. If she isn't into an activity we skip it and do something else. The great thing about homeschooling is that there is time to do those things later or next week or whatever. If she were in a school she'd problaby only get the chance to do it the day the whole class was doing it.<br><br>
I think the most important thing I'm doing right now is educting myself on the different ways homeschooling can work. I know a lot of moms here unschool, and it seemms like most believe that's the best way to go in the younger crowd anyway. But there are a ton of options out there, and you can experiment with what makes sense to you.<br><br>
To get a "taste" of homeschooling- I recommend just trying to do at least one thing each day you consider "eductional". That's my biggest goal. Sometimes we exceed it by a bunch, and other times we don't.<br><br>
Peace,<br>
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Thanks everyone!<br><br>
i realise that i'm technically already homeschooling, or unschooling, but i'm not yet very good at taking an initiative to follow through on any given interest. my son is interested in anything and everything, and like any other toddler, he does soak up knowledge like a sponge, but he doens't ever get REALLY into any one interest. unless you count playing with his train set or cars. but he's not the kind of kid that will become obsessed with dinosaurs or any one thing.<br>
he does LOVE sports though, which i'm happy to encourage. and he really loves reading.<br><br>
i guess i'm afraid i'm not a good candidate for homeschooling since i haven't really dove into any major projects with him yet. we go to the library often but he's way more interested in playing Blues'Clues on the computers than he is on finding books on a topic. or playing in the play area.<br><br>
unfortunately i haven't yet found a homeschooling network here despite the fact i live in a large city. seems all the ones that are around are highly religious and that's just not our cup of tea.<br><br>
ok, i'm babling. thanks for the book recommendations, they're already on my christmas wish-list (although i'll be very surprised if anyone buys them for me since they all think i'm nuts for considering this).<br><br>
thanks again!<br>
rowan
 
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