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Have a child in Pre-k. Please help!

 
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tiarich
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:37 am    Post subject: Have a child in Pre-k. Please help! Reply with quote

This is my first year homeschooling my son (1st grade). Now my family is taking my daughter out of daycare because they want me to homeschool her also. She just turned 3, so it's Pre-k time. The problem is I have no clue what to teach a 3 y.o. If anyone has any suggestions PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me Crying or Very sad . Is there even a cirriculum out there for a Pre-K child?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Have a child in Pre-k. Please help! Reply with quote

Check the Preschool area, there's lots of posts discussing this. Bottom line, you don't need a curriculum - just cover letters and numbers and do lots of fun, creative things. You can move directly on from there to phonics and kindergarten.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dd learned her letters, numbers, and colors when she was 2... she learned those at home and at day care.

About 4 or 5 months after she turned 3, I bought a couple of workbooks for her. They were preschool type workbooks that I got at Costco. One book started off with letter writing practice and moved into basic phonics, another book was readiness type activities like dot-to-dots, opposites, sequencing, etc.

We've been doing those workbooks ever since, two pages a day on non-Kindercare days. She likes doing them (not all children will). It's amazing the stuff she has picked up from these books, and she has fun doing it.

I think I might have spent $20 for the whole package of workbooks (the two main workbooks were over 300 pages each), and we're still using them... although we're moving on to a regular curriculum next week, so I guess I'll schedule the workbook pages when there's not much else going on or let her do some of the pages independently for fun.

If your child likes doing stuff like that, workbooks can be fun. It's not for everyone though. My nephew is more of a kinesthetic learner and wouldn't want to sit and do seatwork.

We also buy learning software for dd. We like Jumpstart, Reader Rabbit, Arthur's Kindergarten (now she does Arthur's First Grade), and Studydog. The computer store has learning software from toddler age to school age. Learning software isn't for everyone either... if your child doesn't like to sit then they might not like it, but my dd likes it and we let her play these games on the computer for fun.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info and the heads up on the Preschool forum. I will take a trip to Sams Club and see if I can find some workbooks. wish me luck Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of things that I have found very important to do with my 6 kids at the pre-K age is read them stories (like fairy tales, Little Golden Books, Bible Stories, etc.) and play outdoors with them. They need fresh air, sunshine and exercise.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try the DonnaYoung.org website for free homeschool ideas.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both Alpha Omega and Abeka have preschool curriculum that I have used. The important thing is to let them learn through playing. The next best thing is to read, read, and read to them. Make use of your library and find illustrated books that actually teach.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read, Read, Read, Read, and More READING!

When she gets bored with seat work, PLAY LOTS OF GAMES!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at www.letteroftheweek.com It's a good start for teaching letters.

Other things you'll want to teach her over the next couple of years:
cutting with scissors
counting (to 10 or 20 should be fine)
following a line with a crayon (dot to dots, etc.) for pre-writing skills
colors
shapes
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