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Subject: Ideas for more hands on learning?
Date Posted: 8/18/2007 6:52 AM ET
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Hi!  I'm brand new to homeschooling and I am working on finding curriculum for my kindergarten boy.  My third grader (girl)  will still attend ps for now, but I may pull her out later.  I also have a two year old (girl)  at home. 

So I've been browsing the ENORMOUS amounts of information on the web about curriculum options.  So many seem worksheet and workbook based.  My son is most definitely NOT into workbooks.  I can make him do a few, but it's not fun for him.  I really want him to enjoy our learning time, so I need ideas for more active learning techniques.  He likes games, manipulatives, imaginary play etc.   Can anyone give me some help?





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Date Posted: 8/18/2007 11:42 AM ET
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Five in a Row is good curriculum for conversational and hand-on learning, as is Picture Book Activities by Trish Kuffner.  I also found 365 Ways to a Smarter Preschooler to be full of resources- sorted by subject area. has lots of printables. has online phonics games. 


Below is a link to my website with links for homeschooling. Each website I've linked has a description and I have a special section just for learning games.  :-) 

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Date Posted: 8/18/2007 1:39 PM ET
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Here are my suggestions:

Pick up a science experiments book. Those are always fun, and you can plan your lessons around the experiments.

Math can be SO many things: cooking, shopping, manipulatives! Play Mother May I for math (Max, take 3 plus 3 steps forward)

Social studies: Take trips to tour your local fire department, polic station, hospital, etc. Map your community for geography. Visit museums for history. Watch dinosaur specials on TV for natural history.

Build things. Take things apart.

School can be so much fun! :D

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Date Posted: 8/18/2007 10:41 PM ET
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We recently got into lapbooks, after all the wonderful feedback about them here. There are lots of free lapbooks out on the web too.


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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 8:49 PM ET
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I agree with Carla that lap books can be lots of fun. (they are kind of like a mini scrapbook of sorts, in my opinion).

Best wishes to you!


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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 11:24 PM ET
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Have you visited the Letter of the Week website yet?  I think it has quite a bit of hands-on suggestions.