Saturday, January 23, 2010

Homeschooling for Preschool

I wanted to share this post for anyone looking for ideas on how to begin homeschooling their little ones. These are a few things that I found to be wonderful for homeschooling ages 2-4.

A great website for fun learning for ages 2 and up:

I highly recommend the entire Leapfrog Video series beginning with Letter Factory, then the Talking Words Factory. Megan knew the sound for every letter of the alphabet when she was 2 years old. Also the Talking Words Factory was excellent. These 2 videos together really paved the way for her reading success. The best $10 I've ever spent. If you have Netflix and would like to try them out before you buy they did carry them, I assume they still do.

Another really great resource I found was Abeka's nursery curriculum. I did not buy the entire kit just the basic workbooks. When Megan was 2 I had her do the books for 2 year olds and when she was 3 she did the ones for 3 year olds. They were great!

Also I read to her a lot. She loved the books from Before Five in a Row. Homeschool Share has the list of the books as well as some other Excellent resources.

Around 4:
Depending on the child, Bob Books are great for beginning to read.
For phonics the Explode the Code primers A, B,C and 1,2,3 are a must have:

For Megan I also began her in Saxon Math K at 4:

Now please note none of this is written in stone. I believe all kids are ready at different ages for different things. If you try any of this and it's not working I say shelf it and try again later. Learning should be fun not a chore. I believe the goal is to spark there curiosity and encourage them to want to explore and learn more. I do understand some say to wait but in my personal experience with my 2 children I had greater success beginning earlier. Megan does not know any other way. She looks forward to learning and her school time each day. I wish I would have known all this when Tyler was a little guy.
If anyone would like to comment and leave other valuable resources, please feel free. Also if you have any questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer:)

Update: I wanted to add that each state has different homeschool laws.  To learn more about the laws in your state refer to this link:

1 comment:

Erin said...

thanks for this the way...we LOVE the letter factory & talking words factory. My 17 month old can say almost every sound (only when in the mood, of course). I just found your blog!