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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> The old thread has been revived! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I thought it might be nice to start fresh. Anyone want to post a quick intro while I go nurse my baby? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I would like to join this time! Can someone tell me how to sub to this thread?<br><br>
My name is Brit and I have been homeschooling my 3 3/4yr daughter since January. I am going to be starting homeschooling my 6 yr son as soon as he is ready (just finished public kindergarten last week) Not sure what all you want to know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was using a curriculum with dd until I learned through research of better options for our family. Now I am strongly leaning towards unschooling or unit studies for our family. I am really interested in learning everything that I can about homeschooling...things that have worked, didn't work, that you wanted to do more of, that once was enough, etc.
 

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Thanks for starting the new thread- Eilonwy!<br><br>
I'm Laura, Momma to Mya who is 3.75- will turn 4 in July. I guess we've been homeschooling her whole life. I guess our style is ecclectic- we pull from unschooling, unit studies, montissori and whatever sounds good that day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Right now we are doing some of the Five in A Row program. For us though, it works out to be about 3 in a row, but it works for us. I had gotten Peak with books, and though we've done some of it, I really like the Five in a Row program better. (for all of you wondering)
 

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hello <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> My name is Ann and I have 2 DDs (3y4m and 17m). We were planning on private preschool and public after that until about a month ago. Once we opened our minds to the idea of homeschooling it just felt right. Leah was going to start preschool this fall, but I am about 95% sure we aren't going to do it. We are filling our days with the usual kid stuff and watching the light bulbs go off is amazing. We will probably use some curricula in the future, but for now we are just doing little bits of different things. They both love the Talking Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory videos. Leah is fascinated with numbers and volcanoes right now. It was such a great feeling to come home from the library last night (by myself) with a book about volcanoes and she lit up like it was Christmas. We had to read it twice before she could go to bed. I am trying to figure out how I can expand on that, because she is SO excited. She also wants to count. She gets to 29 and then says twenty-ten... Reasonable thought, but not quite <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks for starting a new thread. I read through the WHOLE other thread yesterday, whew <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Hi! My name is Teresa and my son Daniel will be 2 years old next month. I recently started to research the homeschooling world. The more I delve into it the more excited I get. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I am a planner and organizer, so I wanted to start early with becoming familiar with all the available resources so I can have ample time to evaluate and decide.<br><br>
I too have been teaching him from birth. We do sign language and I have been exposing him to French in the car. I've also done a lot with word cards and number cards although we have taken a break from them for now. At his age we of course are working on basic skills and concepts. No rocket science here...yet!
 

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I guess mine is too young to even count as preschool, but what the heck, this is the closest thing to a thread for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a 15-month-old whom I'm planning to homeschool as soon as he's old enough to be interested in doing anything "schooly." And a big "ditto" to the person on the original thread who claimed their toddler was swtiched at birth with the child of Cirque du Soleil acrobats. Our little monkey is mostly interested in climbing and taking things apart at the moment, but I'm eagerly looking forward to the day when we can do more educational things with him.<br><br>
I don't want to be tied to any particular philosophy before we're doing it for real, but I like some aspects of WTM and some aspects of unschooling, and we will almost certainly have a relatively unstructured, eclectic "curriculum" instead of buying something prepackaged. Considering that we have about 4,000 books in the basement ranging from textbooks to picture books to scholarly nonfiction to SF/fantasy, I think we can do without any extra purchase.
 

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Ooooo... sign me up for this thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have a 2 year, 1 month old DD and an 11 month old DS.<br><br>
I too figured that we'd be doing private schools but after delving into HSing, I cannot think of doing anything else!<br><br>
I use ASL with my children a lot. I'd like it to be their first "second language" and we're also trying to learn some Muzzy German. I also have use a mailorder "curriculum" for preschoolers when I feel like it.
 

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Forgot to sub! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I guess I belong to this! DS probably would have gone to preschool if we could afford it. We can't, so I've been working with him at home. What we do is very informal, I wouldn't even call it "school" really, but I do have some counting and sorting sets for him (the Mini Motors and Three Bear Family sets) and he plays with those all the time. We read before bed every night, and generally just hang out and have fun!<br><br>
My next phase will be to get a letter set and work with him on letters. He knows a lot of letters already, so it's clear that this is a good time to work with him a little more.
 

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I'm joining as well!<br><br>
DS is only 2, but he already has his colors, shapes, and animals down so I thought we might slowly add more and more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Right now I'm looking into Enki and Waldorf styled curriculums, though we're not actively using any sort of curriculum.<br><br>
This fall his cousin who is the same age will be starting a pre-school that's ran by a local church, whcihc DH and I do not want him attending. So I'm hoping I can show the inlaws that he won't be deprived of an education because we're not sending him there. And hopefully I can show DH that I can homeschool him and be just fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My daughters are 4 and 2.5yo. I'm homeschooling them now and in the years to come.<br>
Toady we did Pool School...in other words we spent a lot of time swimming!! My older one just learned how to jump in and go down the water slide. My younger one is just learning to swim...taking her first independent strokes! I do seriously value these lessons.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I think I'm a bit of an unschooler...and I like unit studies too, I think.<br>
I like to follow their lead and then expand and offer various activities and resources around that area of interest.
 

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I suppose, you could say that we're homeschooling/unschooling preschool. I have 3 yr old twins & as with most kids, I couldn't keep them from learning if I tried, they're constantly asking about new things & wanting to know how things work or why we do thing, etc. etc. etc. We're not doing anything "formal" but then, we plan to unschool, so in alot of ways we're doing as much "school" now as I figure we'll be doing when we they're "school age" main difference being I'll have to record things such that the yearly evaluator will think we're doing school <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Current interests include, dinosaurs (though that seems to be lessening for now), free-art (coloring, drawing, cutting, gluing, stickers . . .), and LOTS of imaginary play, generally either both are mommies taking their babies on various adventures, or visiting each other for "playdates" or one is mommy & the other is baby . . .
 

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Hello! I'm Genie, I have a 4yo ds and a 20 month old ds. My 4yo ust finished pre-k 3 last week, that experience cemented even more in my mind my determination to homeschool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> For the pp who said she was 95% sure she wasn't going to send her dd to preschool, don't send her! Don't don't don't! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Anyways, I'm not really sure how we're going to go. I like the idea of unschooling but will probably have some more structured stuff too. Right now we do enough learningjust answering my ds' questions!
 

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My kids are 4.75, and 15 months (so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> pookel; I'm right there with you in perpetual motion machine land <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">). Grace is now at the age where people are assuming that she'll go to kindergarten in the fall, and looking puzzled when they find out otherwise. It's funny, therefore, that I feel soooooo much more confident in my decision now than I did when I decided not to send her to preschool, at 3yo. I remember that my first post to the Continuum list, while Grace was in utero, concerned my feeling that literate culture was not a part of "natural" human social development and therefore needed to be learned formally. I have gradually changed my mind completely and am now a committed unschooler.<br><br>
Because I'm not only very relaxed about our homeschooling status but also in the middle of a career change, I haven't been thinking as much about how dd is learning lately. I do notice her seeming much more mature all of a sudden. Dh and dd have been working on our seedlings -- we have the makings of a quarter-acre garden on the windowsills of our 1BR apartment <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . Also dh got a highschool-type microscope and shares with dd. We go to the library once a week. (Her narrative comprehension is one of the aspects of her I've noticed maturing.) We go to the park often. (And I'm excited to notice that dd now has full-blown conversations with other kids and plays organized games, like tag.) Dd helps around the house, esp. with food, and starts many deep discussions. My personal favorite thing is that lately she has started to wake up to music. She used to say that she hated music, and she seemed to have absolutely no ear at all. (That's not really criticism, because I mean it literally. Simply NO awareness of music.) The other day I put on Yo Yo Ma playing Bach's cello suites and dd started doing this expressive dance and said it was river music. The next day, she wanted to sing together, and I could hear some scale emerging. She is very much a light-switch developer. It's amazing.<br><br>
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mostly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: here. DS is only 2 right now so we aren't doing anything formal.. But he sure is a little sponge and eager to learn new things each day. He is learning his letters and can count to 10, and also signs a bit (I am so lax with this though latley!) right now he is big into arts and crafts which is fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> he likes the Kumon books too. otherwise we are starting a little garden all his own and plan to grow ladybugs (from a kit). I am looking for other ideas for a young(er) toddler/ preschooler so I will be following this thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hi! I guess we belong here too! I have a dd, almost 4 and ds, 21 months. I can see us becoming a little more structured as time goes by, but right now, we are definitely unschoolers! Dd is creative and imaginative and I want to give her room to explore. We will be getting a homeschool membership at the scinence centre, which both kids LOVE, and we'll go there a lot and participate in the workshops. We'll also spend a lot of time at the library, (structured story hour and unstructured book-finding and re-arraning the stuffed animals-ing). I'd really like to find a similar family to do things with, because both Dc really need to be with people. I'm really excited about this!
 

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Here are some of our favourite "unschool" activities<br><br>
Baking<br>
planting, watering, weeding, eating garden<br>
going for walks in the bush<br>
organizing toys (dd's fave)<br>
going for walks downtown<br>
helping mummy sew<br>
doing things for others<br>
any interaction with other people is a huge education!
 

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Yay!<br><br>
I am Denise, mom to Aidan, 3, and Gavin, 18 mo. We are homeschoolers, even if we are not of 'official age' yet. We read, play, and read and play. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have wanted to homeschool for many years (before I knew I would even have children) and am excited. I have been reading and researching for years - and I know my spirited little people will definitely benefit.<br><br>
Now I just feel like I want to find my tribe, so to speak. All of my sons 'friends' from the neighborhood are going off to preschool...I want to feel like I am a part of the homeschooling world online here, and also find families in my area, so as he becomes more aware of the world right around us, he feels like he has compatriots and I feel supported too!<br><br>
Thus far we do groups of things based on his interests, as he is just 3. For example, we went to a museum and he LOVED the insects exhibit, so we did a diorama craft project with insects, made an insect mask, got a few books about insects from the library, and a bug sticker book. He wants to know 'all the facts'. We go on nature hikes, he helped me grow all our veggies and herbs from seed this spring and is now helping me care for them, etc. We have lots of fun. My toddler loves being along for the ride too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> We are just now getting into imaginary play (dinosaurs, insects, construction machines, farm machinery, etc.) and measuring/cooking.<br><br>
I am very happy this thread is revived!!!!
 

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I want to join! DD is 3.25 and is so full of questions that it makes me absolutely nuts somedays!! Some of them are still the very typical "why?" after everything variety, but many are very insightful-"what would happen if...." kinds of questions. I have this secret fear that maybe I'm not cut out for this because sometimes I just want a temporary off button to the questions, but then I think it might have a little to do with being pregnant as well and well, just generally irritable.<br><br>
I suppose that we could be described as unschoolers at this point because we have no formal anything. We cook together, we visit farms together (LOVES,LOVES,LOVES animals), we check out books from the library on the topic of her choosing, we dig in the dirt to find bugs and worms, things like that. I asked her one day if she wanted to learn some of the letters and numbers and she looked at me and said "No" along with this look that said "WHy would I want to do that?! There's all these fun dinosaurs to play with!"
 
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