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Subject: Beginner here w/a Few Questions & a Bit of Background
Date Posted: 8/8/2011 7:15 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2009
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I posted here, a bit ago, about the resistance I was getting from my MIL & DH when I brought up my desire to homeschool my son. (He's 3 years now)

Mostly because the only HS children they've come in contact with..... 

Well, let's just say they've seen nearly every cliched stereotypical Home-schooler (parents & the kids) out there. Which has made it difficult explaining it logically and realistically, again & again without pulling all my hair out.

Well the good news is that my DH is on board now, & at least willing to give it a try & take part in the lessons.

I do suffer from a number of health issues that can, a lot of the time, leave me bed/recliner/couch bound, but even near my worst, I'm still coherent & able enough to read, write & craft with Boo.

So that is my personal hurdle as I need to prove to my DH & myself, that Boo's education won't suffer because of my disability & also that my DH won't end up doing it all on his own.

My MIL is still vehemently opposed to HS & tried to enroll him in some sort of preschool program on her own. 

.....Reading back over that, I don't mean to make her sound malicious, she truly thought of it as a gift, a way to help us since we couldn't (& wouldn't) have paid such a tuition on our own for a 3 year old class 2 to 3 days a week (1.5 hours each day)

When I declined, saying we're planning on starting to HS this year instead, she was very nice about it all & this issue is one that we've agreed to disagree on.

Finally to my beginner's questions(LOL):

Any suggestions on a curriculum for preschool HS that I should look into?

He's very fascinated with letters & the sounds they all make, & he's taken to being able to recognize certain words, which is pushing him to try & 'sound out' new or large words.

I'm just not even clear on what my goals for the 'end of the year' should be.

Any suggestions are welcome, we are trying looking more into a secular curriculum, but if one is great, we won't turn it down just because it has a slight religious theme. 

Thanks in advance,


P.S. Any other advice is welcome too, I like feeling over-prepared, rather than blissfully ignorant. (please excuse the horrible grammar & such...it's been 48 hours w/o sleep LOL)

Last Edited on: 8/8/11 7:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/8/2011 8:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2010
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Well, as a former homeschooled child. And now a mother of two homeschooled children. As well, as the wife of a homeschooled man. I am for it !!! LOL

I know what you mean about the cliche's, have been in contact with a couple myself. And just like one rotten apple gives the whole bunch a bad taste, so does one "rotten" homeschooler. My family , on the other hand, is a well socialized, highly organized, and as "normal" as any public or private school child could be...even more than some :)

My husband graduated from a trade school (personnel family matters prevented higher education) as an electrician. And has been employed with the same electrical company (making an honest living) for over 10 years. I am a stay at home mom, dabling in eBay & here (of course) to make a little extra mad money, and swap for curriculum books. My 6 (almost 7) year old is going into 2nd grade (a year ahead of others). She has been reading since she was four, and now is at a 4th grade level. Anyway, I am not trying to brag, just trying to gvie you a peek into a homeschool families life.

As for the curriculum to use, I don't think any standard one would be necesary for this year. But I do highly recomend Hooked on Phonics. They have reading, math, bible, spelling, etc....   You can look on this website for a couple of workbooks to help him develope his motor skills (eg, cutting, pasting, tracing). Also should have some that will make learning the ABC's & 123's more fun.

For later, we have a program in my state (Louisiana) called K-12. It is a fully funded (FREE) state program for homeschoolers. They send you all the materials: books, tests, etc. With this route you would be sure to very "over prepared".

One more suggestion... join a homeschool group! It is a great way to make sure your child gets the socialization, and extra curriculur activities that are almost as important as "school" in his development.

Let me know if you have any more specific questions?


Date Posted: 8/10/2011 1:39 AM ET
Member Since: 4/29/2008
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It's hard when close relatives are wary of homeschooling.  But you can do it!  And your kid will turn out okay!  Or probably BETTER than okay.

For a child so young, I would suggest you have fun together.  Using a full curriculum is not necessary.  What should they be doing? Cutting, pasting, learning letters and numbers.  Read lots of enjoyable books.  Spend lots of time outside exercising those large muscle groups.  You can teach phonics is your child is inclined to learn to read -- but don't push it on them.  Too many times I have seen kids forced to read early and they never really love books. 

When my kids were Pre-K and K we used Five in A Row by Lambert(?).  You choose a book from the list and read it for the week.  There are some activities to go along with it -- Math, art, science.  Homeschoolshare.com has many lapbook projects using Five in a Row books. 

And I agree with Kristy.  We got some odd looks when I told people we used Hooked on Phonics -- but I think it gave my kids a solid foundation of phonics.  They are great readers and spellers.   I'm not sure if it's fair to attribute the spelling to Hooked on Phonics, but it's just worked out that way. 

AND YES -- find a local homeschool support group.  It might take looking at a few groups before you find one that you click with.  It's a blessing to share tears and cheers with other homeschooling families.  HSLDA.org has links to local homeschool groups in your state. 

Wishing you all the best on the start of your journey!




Date Posted: 8/15/2011 10:34 PM ET
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I homeschooled my grandson for second grade. We had a blast! I miss it so much! I used the eclectic method. It took about three months for us to settle in. I used the state curriculum as a guideline and some other reasources. One thing I used that was very educational and very fun was "Time 4 Learning". It has online classes and are very affordable. They have pre-school level, too. Their curriculum that is very instructive. The lesson plans are all made out as well as the curriculum. You might find it handy to check it out.



Blessings and good luck