jill has such good points. here, take my mistake for example.... when my son was 4, i went to a homeschool curriculum fair & purchased the complete preschool package from a vendor (b/c i was naive & thought that's what i was "supposed" to do). so, we struggled through the year doing what we "thought" we were supposed to be doing. we weren't struggling in learning, but it was just a lot of ridiculousness packaged all together w/ a pretty little box. (no, ridiculousness is not a word ) i was determined to get us through all the "nonsense" work that it required. then, i began researching what a preschooler (b/c i have another child coming to that age) & a kindergartener should be learning. the more & more research i did turned up the same results: read quality books, have quality play time together, go for walks, etc. i had stumbled across karen andreola's name & susan schaeffer macauley, & others, which led me to CHARLOTTE MASON. now, i'm not saying that the "charlotte mason" method is for everyone, but upon my researching, it definitely "fit" my son's learning style so much better than the way i had been teaching him. so, that's it for us. i mean, we aren't charlotte mason followers to the exact degree some are, i like to think of us as the MODERN charlotte mason followers.
i hope someone can learn from my mistake: which, incidentally, was that i did not tune in to my son's learning style @ first or do much research. i just took what i "thought" was correct and the fact that i was excited to begin homeschooling. another point was that @ that time, i didn't have a CLUE as to where i should REALLY begin!!!!!!!