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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 11:30 AM ET
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hi yall. i am new to wanting to homeschool and just learning everything. i have some time to get stuff together. my kids are 3,2 and 2 months right now but i am looking to start getting books now so i can start learning also. however i need some advice on all of it. i am looking for a cirriculum for prek and k and up of course but mainly those right now. i also want to teach them spanish and asl.. but i am looking to do unschooling and eclectic homeschooling but want to take a cirriculum and make it my own ya know. i just need advice on it all and help with cirriculum's and spanish and asl book and if you could explain stuff when u are telling me about the homeschooling stuff because some of it i get lost on what it is. lol thanks for all the advice and help im sure ill get. ~kaila

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 2:27 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2010
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Hey, I'm packing for my vacation at the moment, so this'll be a quick reply.  In my opinion, the prek-k work is lots of play, lots of learning through play.  Since you like the unschooling style, I'm sure you are well aware of this.  As far as curriculumn goes, I would look into sonlight.  www.sonlight.com  It is very literature-based.  Some of the books are written in a Christian perspective and if you don't like that, just skip that book.  in the prek level, I'm sure most of the books you can find at your library so it wouldn't cost very much either.  I have a lot of friends that look online at Sonlight's book list for their children's grade level and read those with their children and "make it their own" without ever buying the teacher's guides.  I would recommend this.  You'd have a lot on wonderful books to read with your children, you can add crafts to go with some stories and make a snack that goes with it.  The science still has experiments in the books (not the teacher's guide) so you can still do those if you want.  It's a great starting point, in my opinion.  Another great book is The Complete Daily Curriculumn for Early Childhood Education.  It has every lesson planned out for you and it's all super flexible to you can pick and choose what you want to do.  There's always a circle time and a story time and then the book offers like 6 other ideas for the lesson and each activity is focused on a different learning style.  It's suggested to just pick like 2 of the activities per lesson.  If you kids like more, then do more!  There's lots of poems, short stories, patterns for flannel board stories, recipe cards for little kids to make something simple like toast on their own, finger plays and so much more.  It's truly and excellent resource and honestly it'd be all you need.  I really like the literature approach sonlight takes, however, this curriculumn is very hands on and as someone wanting to unschool I think it'd suit you and your children well. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi Kaila,

Here is a site I like, where you can research different methods and styles of homeschooling. The name of the site is called:

A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling (Wow, I didn't think it would turn out this big. Lol.)

Here's the page:

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/methods/Methods.htm

 

Elona

 

 

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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I would suggest going to the library and checking out some books on homeschooling, but don't get overwhelmed, you'd don't to figure it all out yet. I would also check out the homeschool laws in your state. You can google homeschooling and your state or check out hslda.org, which has a place that lists all the state requirements.

It sounds like you know which direction you'd like to take, but I always suggest people understand what methods are out there for homeschooling. Most books have some websites listed for curriculum. There are many, many options available. Some popular suppliers are cbd.com and rainbowresource.com (their catalog is thicker than a big city phone book!). Those are only the tip of the iceberg really.

You might also google and see if there is an actual homeschool bookstore in your area. If none of those are around you could try a teacher bookstore for pre-k items. We used a spanish picture dictionary when my son was little. I actually found it at Barnes & Noble. I'm not sure what is available for ASL at that level.

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 11/6/2008
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thanks yall.  i will check these out. yall are the best. im glad i have some time to learn before i need to be going at it haha.. its also a little hard because even though my mom doesnt say it she doesnt support our wanting to do this.. i think she thinks the kids wont be socialized bur im gonna do everythimng i can to make sure they are socilized

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 3:40 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2009
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You are starting young.  That gives you plenty of time to research.  Have you checked out letteroftheweek.com?  They are free.  They give you suggestions on books to read for each letter.  They even suggest you learn the letter of the week in ASL.

I also like literature unit studies for young kids.  You read a book and talk about things in the book.  It is amazing the things you can learn.  Check out HomeschoolShare.com.  They have wonderful free infromation on some amazing books.  These were all written by homeschool moms just like us.  Click on Unit Studies and then you select your childrens age for a list of available books, games and lapbooks.

I think everyone agrees the most important thing to do at this age is to read, read, and read some more.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 8:18 PM ET
Member Since: 11/6/2008
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well i know my alphabet in sign language and i have a friend who is gonna help me learn. also she suggested "the joy of signing" so im trying to get that also. i will look at that site.. i agree with starting young. and im trying to learn now so i can start next year sometime.. buit i have time to learn all this. sometimes i feel im too stupid to homeschool. does anyone else feel this way?

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:48 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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Look into the Signing Time DVDs.  They are awesome for sign language.  My autistic daughter learned soooo much from them!  If you're a member of SwapaDVD, you could put them on your wish list there.

Also, look into Starfall, it's free:

http://www.starfall.com/

And CurrClick has awesome stuff and loads of freebies.  Get on their e-list and start stocking up!

http://www.currclick.com

Start paying attention to how your kids learn best.  That will help lead you to a HS'ing style and choice of curricula.

Workboxes are great for preschoolers, too:

http://www.workboxsystem.com/ (you can set it up w/o her items...but her book is good)

Also, I love ABCTeach.com.  I got a half-price subscription through HSBC.  They have a summer promo for $10 for three months.

http://www.abcteach.com

Speaking of HSBC, it's another place you want to sign up for (free!) and get on their e-list.

http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org

HTH!

JC

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 9:37 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi Kaila,

My grandson uses Time4Learning. It's an online fun educational site for homeschool, to supplement school classwork and some schools use it for their classes. It has a pre-school demo! I like it because it's really structured, educational and fun. It cost about $20.00 a month.They also have a reward center with bunches of cool activities. There's a forum, so if your interested in finding out more, you can ask questions. The site is curriculum and standards based and you can get a printout of lessons and grades. The pre-school demo's look good to me. Check it out.

 

Elona