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1  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: West River Academy homeschooling program on: August 19, 2012, 06:39:38 PM
Well in our state they are not recognized so if I was looking for an accreditied school this wouldn't be my choice.
2  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: West River Academy homeschooling program on: August 19, 2012, 06:37:58 PM
I haven't but I will check into it.
3  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: preschool - KG home school xlkids on: August 19, 2012, 06:36:35 PM
thanks for the link I will check it out
4  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Age appropriate curriculum on: August 19, 2012, 06:33:58 PM
What helped me was to realize that even playing is learning. We love the curricula from www.hubbardscupboard.org that has age related activites and not just paper and reading etc but fun stuff like writing in pudding. Hands-on fun like matching socks things that the children naturally want to do like dressing themselves. More or less we encourage practical skills and life skills more I guess like montesorri, pouring, sifting, matching, sorting type things nothing heavy like school but just practical everyday movements and learning. I love to see my children removing the sticker from the sticker paper that is an accomplishment to a homeschooling mom, brushing teeth, brushing hair, dressing with different types of fasteners, fun stuff like hopping on one leg, skipping, things that developmentally they should be doing. Playing is also fun dressing teddy or undressing teddy. Rolling, pushing, pulling cars on the floor. Those things if you want to consider 'teaching' them we consider them just playing  and being a kid. However, we intereact with the children, getting in the floor with them, instructing slightly and reinforcing proper handling of toys, clothing, etc. We as 'teaching' set back and let the children explore different objects in the home and allow the child to feel like they are apart of the home instead of just in the home. we have a shelf just for snacks for them, their toys, their clothing, their school toys, and their daily hands-on workboxes. I think confessions of a homeschooler and Tot school have great ideas about that as well. With all of the children over 100 that have came through our doors including my own three I have learned that everychild is different and we can't go on statistics to homeschool. I have 4 and 5 year olds that enjoy learning so much that it is hard for me to keep up. And I have 2 year olds that are the same then I have some who really just wanna play with their toys and that is okay. No matter where you are and what your child is doing they are learning, even with just playing they are learning. I know children who have never had a formal instruction of like school at 4 years old and are beginning to read, they just taught themself because they were eager to learn. From cereal boxes, road signs, and sadly but from TV titles. If your child is active and loves to learn why not enjoy the learning time now. One reason that some may dislike the idea is because when enrolled in public school they may be more advanced then the majority of the class so therefore the child may get bored and then behavior issues rise then later on like in 2nd grade the child falls behind due to the fact of being in that behavior routine. Well my experience anyway. so that is why we made the choice to home educate for as long as we can and are permitted. Home education can be done even if the child is enrolled in public school for as parents and or guardian we teach and or instruct the children every minute we are with them either by our words, actions, and or attitudes. oh and just a hint who is writing the home school boards that you are reading? homeschoolers or ? Homeschooling isn't for everyone and or every child either. Some children may need the social interaction and or routine of a school setting some may not do well, depends. But we never deny the right for a child to learn if the child is interested in learning why not, you never know who they could grow up to become.
and I do agree that certain topics and subjects need to be left for later when the child is more mature and or age appropriate. Staying with the proper guidelines for each age level is important. there are many guidelines to follow for each age and remember not every child has the attention span as others as well.
here is a PRESCHOOL Guideline that we use.



Preschool Skills

Language Skills:

Communicate and converse well.

Know how to speak in sentences.

Listen well and follow simple directions.

Repeat simple directions in sequence.

Understand letters and alphabet.

Follow along with stories and books.

Take part in daily reading activities.

Remember, retell, and discuss stories.

Know and repeat nursery rhymes.

Print letters and numbers.

Know meaning of common words.

Understand directions, such as up and down, over and under, in and out.



Social Study Skills:

Understand family and relation to family.

Know community places and simple directions.

Know difference between city and country.

Know domestic, farm, and zoo animals.

Know types of transportation, such as cars, buses, trains, planes.

understands about cultures and people



Math and Science Skills:

Know colors and shapes.

Match colors and shapes.

Understand numbers, their purpose, and count to 10.

Copy numbers and letters.

Understand more and less, empty and full.

Understand alike and different.

Understand sizes, such as big and little, tall and short.

Enjoy simple experiments.

Enjoy hands-on games and projects.

Enjoy asking questions, exploring, and learning.



Health and Life Skills:

Know full name and parents' names.

Know full address and phone number.

Know age and birthday.

Print first name.

Dress self, button buttons, zip zippers.

Care for belongings and toys.

Care of self and personal hygiene.

Run, jump, hop, march.

Color, paste, cut with safety scissors.

Hold crayon, pencil, paintbrush well.

Build blocks, put together simple puzzles.

Play with clay, put together construction sets.

Play with friends and siblings well.

Use appropriate social skills, manners, and respect

Knows about strangers versus monsters

Knows about Fire safety

Knows about Tornado and or storm safety

Knows how to dial 911

Knows safety boundaries outside

Knows about germs, dental care, hand washing, blood

Puts away items if asked, knows where items belong

Knows about home safety, not to open the door, not to unlock door, not to go out with an adult

Knows where to exit, and or find help in case of emergency or lost

Vehicle safety in and out of the vehicle
5  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Employment Policies on: August 19, 2012, 05:52:36 PM
You are welcome and remember that it has to say those things in their policy book or employment policy or regulation book if not then it can be argued.
6  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / What we are doing. on: August 18, 2012, 03:24:01 PM
Hi everyone it's been a bit since I have got on here. so busy with our 30 homeschoolers but I am trying to get things together for you guys to share what we are doing. www.sonlighteducation.com  SEM it is FREE to download and use. It is Bible based and the new update will be available hopefully by October. We are using the first lessons from homeschooling folder, Desire of Ages, and family Bible Lessons. IT has a great teachers training program as well for the beginner to the advanced homeschoolers. We also in with this use either Rod and Staff and or Complete Curriculum for Math and History only. I love mixing these together. Now for our 2nd grade and under we use www.kidsparkz.com monthly theme units for light, dark, insects, animals, etc, for grades 3-8 we use www.schoolexpress.com for our theme units like land forms, water, states studies, etc, then www.lesson-library.com for grades 9-12 for out theme units for science. We are so excited to be using these programs. In the SEM curricula it has a plan to follow in the catalogue folder so we just go by those. For week one we use it for month 1 because we mix our content. Everyone that way is on the same page except for math and history. In the SEM there is voice, music, nature, history, language, spelling, health, bible lessons, bible devotion, and more. They are not finished with the curriculum but there is enough there to keep everyone busy. for our PRek and K we use Rad and staff with kidsparkz and SEM.

Is anyone else mixing and matching their curricula this year?
7  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Employment Policies on: August 18, 2012, 03:09:00 PM
Just to give you heads up on the new information on your homeschooled child with a regular homeschool diploma. The new employment policies are changning. Here we have found out that in order for your graduated child to get a job from a state or government job they must have graduated from a certified state school and or some says accredited by the state or they have to take their GED in their state. So we have been doing our normal homeschool diploma but then allowing the children to take the GED even if they are in college and some already have degrees have to go back and take their GED due to the new employment policies. Also to give you heads up the military in some divisions will no longer accept the GED or homeschool diploma either unless one year of college has been taken. But hey no problem for us homeschoolers we are on track. And please make sure that your county and or state recognizes the 'so called' accredited homeschool, because each state and or county or government is different. Just becasue it says nationally accredited or accreditied doesn't mean that your state or county recognizes the agency.
8  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Free Homeschool Curriculum on: August 18, 2012, 03:02:19 PM
Thank you so much. I can use this I am hoping.
9  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: My First Themed Week! Penguins! on: May 24, 2012, 07:17:50 PM
Thank you so much for sharing .
10  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Lesson Library Online on: April 25, 2012, 04:19:17 PM
as soon as I purchase the school license I will send you a link.
11  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Digital Homeschool on: April 17, 2012, 02:47:30 PM
Well my homeschool and credit recovery programs are going digital. I can't wait to actually publish our website. I have been so busy with getting the license and subscriptions and so on so that we can make weekly lessons up. We have included printable workbooks to be sent via mail for the content as well. sure it is a long process and I think that it is coming a long slowly but in time will improve. Mostly it was set up just for our state but there are going to be free resources as well and a free trial of weekly lessons. And we are going to offer free monthly lessons sent via email. How many of you prefer digital or an online virtual homeschool versus paper form? or how many of you use just paper form? let me know what your thoughts are about going digital. If you have any suggestions for our site let me know. We are trying to provide everything we can, including teacher forms PDFD, and templates and teacher trainging just for homeschooling.
Any ideas or suggestion are appreciated.
12  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Lesson Library Online on: April 17, 2012, 02:39:37 PM
I found this by email sent to me and so far it looks pretty good I just signed up for the free registration and the free tour right now but so far I believe that I may use some of their stuff. It is all downloadable by PDF and they even have a school license so that is what is nice about it for us. The lessons are well thought of and included ages 4 -9. I am really thinking about purchasing a school license. Anyone interested let me know I will be glad to pass my info on. www.lesson-library.com  check out the free tour.
13  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Montessori madness on: April 17, 2012, 02:35:11 PM
I found one that was internationally accredited for around 500.00 all online. Because with what I could find there were some that you had to actually go to the training center and around here the nearest one is a couple of states over so that is why I am looking into the one online.
14  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: NAMC's Montessori Homeschool Program - Age 3-6 on: April 16, 2012, 04:50:39 PM
montessori at home e-book it has printed materials with it see montessoriprintshop
15  EARLY LEARNING / Homeschooling / Re: Easter plans? on: April 15, 2012, 03:26:36 AM
a little late but we celebrate Easter as resurrection day. We made shakers out of eggs to ear the different sounds, we talked about our point of view about this day, made items with marshmellows like clouds, watched veggie tales movie.
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