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Dd is nearly 3. She won't make the age cut for preschool this year but I know there will be lots of pressure to send her next year. (ILs.) Dh has strong reservations about the school system here, I have always thought I'd rather hs, but we will have zero support from anyone else, and dh is at times way overextended already with our business (which isn't paying us yet, btw). There are lots of hs families in the area, but afaik they do it for religious reasons, and I know I have some major differences with most or all of these people. (Curriculum, for starters. This is Kansas.) There are no alternative schools in the area. I'd do Waldorf or Montessori in a heartbeat, I'm so unsure of whether I have it in me to hs.<br><br>
So . . . where do I start? Some good books? TTTTIA
 

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Take a deep breath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> When I first started researching, my oldest had just turned two (he's almost four now), and it was so intimidating that I gave up on it. I went back and forth over the space of a year before finally decided to give it a go.<br><br>
For research, try Mary Griffith's books, or Linda Dobson's, for basics. Read through the forum here, even if threads are about kids much older than yours.. it'll give you an idea of what homeschooling will look like over the long run. Give yourself time to absorb everything before deciding it's too much. It *does* seem like a lot in the beginning.<br><br>
For preschoolers, at least in my experience, homeschooling is a lot like what we've been doing all along. We show them neat stuff, we play games, we find resources for stuff they're interested in. When they're two and they like trains, we might buy a Thomas set and some board books. When they're three, maybe we expand that to buy longer children's fiction books and take them on a train ride. When they're four, we do counting and sorting activities with trains and we get easy nonfiction books from the library. For my family, homeschooling isn't much different from what I did when they were babies.. kind of like being a glorified tour guide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Just remember to take it slow.. it's not like you have to decide right now on what math curriculum you're going to use when your kid turns five.
 

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<span><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: What Rachel said!<br><br>
And you might browse through this thread for ideas and tips too - it leads to lots of other helpful links and threads:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=9048577" target="_blank">...What would you recommend?....</a><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</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>
I don't have much in the way of curriculum ideas if that's what you are looking for, but here's what we do with our almost 3 year old:<br><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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