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Ok, I think DH and I have pretty much decided to give "eccentric homeschooling" a try. (Although I REALLY hate labels)<br>
But where do we start? What I have done:<br>
Plugged into a local HS co-op that seams to be right on point with what I want but meets 1/week. (so excited about this)<br>
Started looking around on here about curriculum vs. no curriculum and I'm just getting more confused about where to start. I'd like to start doing some basic things now, don't really want a curriculum until at least next year. I am taking her out of a 3 day a week pre-school and she already knows a great deal IMO. Like some Math, some Spanish, writes name and all letters pretty well, can count pretty high, days of week, things like that. She shows a big interest in math and spanish and has an expressed interest in wanting to learn to read but when we start going over sounds and the basics she gets bored and wants to stop. Like she just wants to know how to read and doesn't want to go through the process of learning. At least the way we were trying to show her..<br>
So, I guess were would I start? I love that she is interested in so much but I feel as though I need some guidance in how to direct it.<br>
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am not looking to push her into anything but rather allowing her to lead in what she wants to learn, I just need to know where to take it. TIA!!
 

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It sounds like you've made a pretty good start already. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
From your post, I'm getting that you'd like something between a guide and childled learning, right? Have you looked at some of the more popular guide style curriculums? You might like the set up of <a href="http://www.letteroftheweek.com" target="_blank">www.letteroftheweek.com</a> It gives ideas for activities that you can do together. I find it helpful even when a child is not interested in the program but has other interests like dinosaurs or bugs.<br>
Or, there's FIAR/BFIAR (five in a row) It's literature-based, and more complete, so you might feel more compelled to stick with it sometimes, good or bad.<br><br>
Personally, I find the best thing in the world for me is to go down to the teacher supply store and just browse. I usually end up with a great "toy" or two to use with my very kinetic, hands on learning child to keep him involved and eager to learn. I go there, garage sales, thrift stores.....there's so much out there, there really is! I just picked up a book at the thrift store called <i>I HATE Mathematics!</i> and it's full of ideas to make math come alive and discover the relationships between numbers for 3rd grade and up. It will be tossed into the backseat of the car or slid under the front seat to be "discovered" by a child who likes math, but will be intrigued by the title.
 

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Yes, I am looking for an in-between. I will check out the link that looks pretty cool!<br>
That's a good idea about them finding the book like that!<br>
Thanks!
 

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Progressive Phonetics online<br>
Rainforest Math online<br>
Letter Factory DVD<br>
Time4Learning online<br><br>
These are all great learning opportunities. T4L is the only one that costs anything and it's not that much. Well, Letter Factory is the cost of the dvd. But you can get it on Amazon for cheap. We also would talk about letters that are on street signs and things like that when Dakota was four. He is still not much of a letter person. He loves math and science. He is doing first grade math and science on T4L. And kindergarten language.<br><br>
Kathi
 

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Um...just in case you try to search hs'ing forums for ideas, I think you mean *eclectic* homeschooling. I mean, hey, you may also be eccentric, too. I know I am... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Um...just in case you try to search hs'ing forums for ideas, I think you mean *eclectic* homeschooling. I mean, hey, you may also be eccentric, too. I know I am... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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