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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: hello,new here Reply with quote

hi all,I am from england,I have been looking for support and here I am!!my little one is four,I am wondering when to start home schooling,and what I do first to make sure I am being legal and doing all I should

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:56 pm    Post subject: At age 4, your child should be able to handle: Reply with quote

Any time now is fine. At age 4, your child should be able to handle letters and numbers and even phonics and reading. If you're buying your curriculum, a phonics program and packaged kindergarten should amply cover your needs.

As for the legalities of homeschooling in England:
http://www.education-otherwise.org/Legal/IndexToLegalBits.htm

And some support groups:
http://www.home-school.com/groups/england-uk.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:22 am    Post subject: thankx Reply with quote

oh yeh,have been schooling him a while,I just wanted to make sure that legally,I wot get into trouble at all.I mean I was told that as long as I dont put him into a school nursery,then we wont get any hassle from anywhere.
we have been teaching him numbers/erading etc for a while,as we do as parents.and he is doing greatly Smile

thankx for your response,its appreciated,I cant find any support groups here in my home town,so this makes me feel much better

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: another idea... Reply with quote

Since your little one is only 4, you can always keep it simple with June Oberlander's Slow and Steady book. My friend, Debbie, though, found Vertias' Phonics museum to be wonderful for her 4 almost 5 year old. He got through the kindergarten portion rather quickly and is now beginning his first grade in classical education. I've been homeschooling a very short time, but everyone i've talked to says to just read, read, read. A great book to buy is Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. It's basically a list of quality children's literature for every age of child. It gives you suggestions on how to make the most of your time together reading. I've bought a lot of the books for my 3 year old, or you can check out from the library. Our town is small and there is no official support system either, so I can understand how you feel!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:54 am    Post subject: hi julie Reply with quote

how sweet of you to write and share.
well,you know many comment on how clever and how finn speaks so well.a few respect greatly that we are homeschooling,though i still feel a little alone.

my brother moved in recently,and he is being physical education teacher which is great just to have that extra support.

we do read alott,though finn takes over and wants to tell us the story!!bless him.

yours is 3 aw!!how many do u have?

I have this one finn(4) and another little chap soon to be 2!

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