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Subject: Have your kids younger sibs benefited from homeschooling?
Date Posted: 9/20/2007 7:40 AM ET
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I am really amazed at how much my 2 year old has picked up from my 5 year old home schooling.  I think she's a pretty normal kid, but she's just getting exposed to more things.  She knows her colors, her shapes, can count to accurately to twelve (I don't think she's knows what it means) sings many songs including the abc song, loves reading and can actually sit still through many kids books in one sitting... It's incredible to me.  My older two weren't anywhere near this knowledgable at her age.  Anyone else experience this?  I think she'll be ready for reading before K age if she keeps going like this. 

Edie

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 12:40 PM ET
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Yes, my 4 year-old definitely benefits from having her sister homeschooled. She listens attentively and understands such difficult books as Kidnapped: Being the Memoirs of David Balfour in the Year 1751, and tries to participate in multiplication and division.

I do things with her specifically, like read quite  a bit, and have her practice writing when she feels up to it, and we do a lot of play math. Mostly I let her be a kid, but she sticks around when we are doing school, and gleens so much more than I ever imagined she would!

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 8:35 PM ET
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My 2nd child has been taught to write by her older brother.  Plus, she watches his online art lessons and he likes to 'teach' her whatever he is learning.  Even the youngest child picks up bits and pieces.  It is a joy to watch them all work and learn together.

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 10:59 AM ET
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I think my 3 year old is picking up a little. Though my other daughter is quite a bit older than her, I think she benefits just from her being home with her. My 3 yo took a long time to really start talking, but my older daughter teaches her new words all the time.

She counts, though not in order:) Same with abc's. She loves looking at books and often is carrying a pile of books around with her.

I won't push her to learn alot real young. I did that some with my older daughter and I have to wonder whether that had anythng to  do with her having problems in school.

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 7:28 PM ET
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I think it's cute when my 5yo <--last year, could answer the multiplication questions faster than my two older boys.  Gotta love the "one room schoolhouse" effect.

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 5:08 PM ET
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My younger son has always picked up various things from, most often, normal conversations we have, not just from hearing lessons.

This is not bragging, just a story. I bought a bunch of dot to dot books when my oldest was 5. One went numbers 1-10, another 1-25, another 1-50, another 1-100 and the last was 1-150. My older son was doing one that went up to 150. That was one thing that he loved to do that was a way for me to feel happy he was practicing his counting. My 2 year old asked for a book like that. I gave him 1-20 book as I knew he could do that. He said he could count over 150. I asked him to do it. And he did. I nearly fell off my rocker. So I gave him the book and he did it. LOL.

My younger son, at 2 also was asking to "do school' like his brother (who was doing homeschool Kindergarten). So he had a little easy workbook and coloring books to do with no pressure, and he loved it. I hated workbooks and didn't want him doing them but he begged, and he was happy so I had to let go ...

My younger son also developed amuch longer attention span for listening to things like a 45 minute long audio CD story (Jim Weiss) at age 2 and 3 when my older son never had that attention span. I was just playing the longer stuff for my older son and my younger one tuned in and stayed paying attention which amazed me.

So many things I had to teach my older son deliberately, my younger one absorbed by overhearing, through osmosis. It makes it easier on me. :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 1:54 PM ET
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My 4 year old picks up a ton of stuff from his big brother's schoolwork.  Since it's a pain for me to try to run two different sets of curriculum, I use the same material for both of them and tailor it to their levels on the fly.  Even if my younger son doesn't do schoolwork, he usually sits and listens in.  I'm always amazed at what little sponges kids are - I know my younger son knows more than I think he knows simply from homeschooling my older son.

I do work with my younger son on the basics - colors, shapes, numbers, letters, etc. but he benefits greatly from just being in the room when I work with my older son.