My blog reader was asking questions from the perspective of a mom with a high-energy boy around four or five years old. At that age, I would recommend just running with whatever fascinates him or her. Kids at that ‘sponge’ stage, ready to soak up every bit of information they can. If you can tap into that natural love for learning and nurture it year after year, you’ve already done far more for them than any school ever could!
Q: What are the basic materials I need to get started?
Q: Can you recommend a preschool/kindergarten program?
One program we used when our kids were in that pre-schooler age, was Five in a Row. The concept of this program is to use a different children’s picture book each week and read it aloud every day for five days in a row. Each day you pull different lessons from the book. The child really enjoys the repeated readings, and you get a chance to draw lessons from every subject area from a single book. You can talk about the artwork, or the location of the book (find it on a map, globe, maybe make a recipe from that town/country, etc.), the characters, nature lessons from the book, etc. There’s a different content lesson each day, all pulled from the same book. The main problem with the program is that many of the books are out of print, and it can take quite a bit of effort to track them down. However, once you see how the author creates her curriculum for each piece of literature, you could easily replicate it yourself using different books.
Q: Is there funding available for supplies, books, etc.? If so where do I start finding that information?
Friends of mine who have done this eventually drop out. One friend complained about the massive amount of time and effort demanded of her kids. Their school days were sometimes longer than a public school day! When you think about all the classroom crap that doesn’t exist when you homeschool (e.g. taking roll, lining up to go here and there several times a day, time consumed with discipline problems) it mystifies me why so much work should be piled on homeschoolers using these programs. Unless the ploy is to actually lure them back to the public schools in frustration.
(Disclaimer: I taught school for numerous years and was a teacher trainer for several more. I may be a little more critical of public schools than the average mom.)
Q: What would a typical day look like as far as the book learning segment?
Just think! You can combine books, field trips, family travel, nature walks, visits with friends and family, camping trips, home routines and chores, and errands to create an amazing lifestyle of learning and practical skills for your kids! Right now they are probably a bundle of energy and will become even more so. Sitting down with a pile of books will drive all of you crazy. That’s actually one of the main reasons I avoid recommending an all-in-one curriculum because they tend to be very heavy on the textbook/workbook system.
Q: How will I know if his or her skills match up with the public school requirements? Are there tests they will need to take to prove this information?
Q: Is there paperwork I need to fill out, something I need to register in order for my child to be recognized as “going to school”?
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