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: http://www.starfall.com/
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. http://www.leapfrog.com/en/video/letter_factory.html
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! https://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/CatalogSearch.aspx
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. http://www.homeschoolshare.com/before_five_in_a_row_resources.php
Depending on the child, Bob Books are great for beginning to read. http://www.rainbowresource.com/search.php?sid=1264308319-1358196
For phonics the Explode the Code primers A, B,C and 1,2,3 are a must have: http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1264308319-1358196&subject=5&category=823
For Megan I also began her in Saxon Math K at 4: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Math+K+Home+Study+Kit/018398/1264308319-1358196
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: www.hslda.org