What age did you start more formal education with your child? Did you do "preschool"? If so, did you use a curriculum? What curriculum did you use?
I basically teach my kids from the time they.... well... are born! LOL. No curriculum until they are ready. With my middle that was 5, with my youngest he was asking to "do school" before he turned 4. We have been using Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten for letter recognition and sounds. When the others start their next year in July we'll be doing Math U See Primer, he'll still be 4.
I have a ton of preK workbooks, games, activities, etc... I usually do a letter a week until they are VERY familiar with the letters and able to form them pretty good. Each time I go through the alphabet, I add more depth to the "lessons"...
They are very eager, and I've never had to push any of them to work with me (so far!) I don't think I would "expect" certain things from them at that age, just learn through life, play, projects, etc..
Once they are writing their letters well, know the letter sounds and even some more simple phonics stuff, we start putting words together, and when they are ready, I have a 1st grade phonics program we just jump right into. I don't do much official KG or PK work with them.
When they are about 2nd grade, we add a good math curriculum.
third grade we add a good grammar/english curriculum.
Social studies and science up til now is more unschooled and there to help support building their reading and writing strengths more than anything as well as get them excited about learning.
Art/music/PE etc... are all done through extra curricular groups or play.
Sometime around 4th - 5th, I might consider adding a curriculum for science or social studies, but only because I'm a little disorganized and having a curriculum and plan in front of me helps me piece it out little by little without either overwhelming or underwhelming.
When one home schools, the whole world is their classroom. Formal education is introduced gradually, depending on the child's learning style. This is particular true with Hands On Learners, and active children.
My little guy was 3 when we started using All About Reading Pre Level and Level 1, and Math U See Primer, but he was absolutely ready for them and was asking for them since he wanted school work like his big sister. Otherwise we would have stuck with Leap Frog movies, PBS shows, color by numbers, and connect the dots, and a letter sound hide and seek game we made up. I say the sound and he finds the letter (they're all hidden around the living room). Or I say the letter, and he finds something around the house that has that sound.
by katinahatMay 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM
My daughter is 18 months old and while we have been informally educating her since she was born, "preschool" will start when she's about 2 1/2 or 3-- it's flexible because it'll be when she's ready for the material. Kindergarten will most likely be started when she is 4.
We do a letter s week. We find things to color read foreveryday of the week. We read a book that start with that letter. We do numbers that way as well a color and a shape. We learn to spell our name write our name spell it. We paint make shapes. Find color around the house store or where ever go. Science we have nature walks field trips a farms talking the sky human body health and social studies holidays.
Certain things were picked up naturally by my middle son - letters, colors, shapes, etc. I thank Leapfrog and Team Umizoomi for that, lol!
We have some workbooks that he does randomly now, at age 3. We will start a formal curriculum this fall (at age 4). We plan to use Memoria Press Junior K minus the math, Miquon with manipulatives for math, Seton's preschool religion book, Making Music Praying Twice, and either All About Reading or Logic of English Foundations for phonics.
We are more traditionally scholastic in our approach, so we start formal education a bit earlier than some others. With my eldest, we didn't begin homeschooling until grade 4, so she had been in brick and mortar school since Pre K.
Next year my 3 and 4 year old children will be doing letter of the week. They both want to do school so I have been printing off worksheets that they pretty much scribble on.
Without formally teaching them
My ds4 can say his alphabet, knows about 15 letter sounds, can count to 20 (but misses 15), knows the days of the week, recognizes most numbers to 10 on sight and knows all his shapes and colors and describe the weather, writes his own name and recognizes it, and his 2 older sisters names.
My dd3 (just turned a week ago) Knows her colors and shapes, can count to 5, she can tell me what the next day of the week is, describe the weather,and knows what A says.
by CaitsCookiesMay 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM
My LO is not quite 21mo. We do reading readiness while doing potty time. She is already recognizing that letters go with the words that go with the pictures. She's also starting to learn counting forward to 5 and backward from 3 (my countdown for getting kids' attention). What they hear daily, they learn readily.