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Homeschooling a 5 year old
February 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Where do I start? She makes it all a chore and wants to fight over learning anything. We have several work books we plan to use. Just some I picked up at Walmart. For the summer, but she can't read or write yet. Has no interest in any of it. And nothing sinks in with her. I'm going crazy here.

My oldest we did homeschooling for first grade and it was terrible. He also has ADHD and odd but now that he attends a private home school he's doing much better. But the money to send them both just isn't there.

Please help


  • JadeTigr7
    February 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Instead of trying to do workbooks and things, play educational games with her instead.

  • debramommyof4
    February 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM
    I bought a letter game at lakeshore and we play a jumping game to find the letters and work on recognizing them with my 3 year old.

    My just turned 5 years old is reading short words.

    But he has set with us or played in the same room as me and his older sisters while when did school. He was allowed to join in as he chose.

    With my 2nd we started with and did preschool. We pointed out letters and words everywhere we went. We went for walks and I would tell the kids to find the triangle, circle or square. I rewarded with hugs, kisses and stickers. We watched only educational tv and that was even limited. Then we did letter, number and shape art. I eventually found and once they knew their letters we used it for letter sounds.

    When my oldest two were little we changed to find the educational value in everything. My 8 year old thinks weekly grocery shopping is a field trip without me telling her so.

    Oh and with workbooks, I if they wanted they did a page a day.

    I hope some of what we did helps you.
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    February 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

     I agree with the others play games & do things that are fun & engaging to help her learn. Most 5y/o want to be having fun & playing so use that to your advantage!

  • Leissaintexas
    February 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM
    Most 5 year olds aren't designed to sit and do workbooks. And most aren't developmentally ready to hold a pencil and write. Play to learn at this age.
  • AutymsMommy
    February 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Well, nix the walmart workbooks. Invest in actual curriculum. I'm sincerely not trying to be harsh, but those workbooks were A) never meant to be full curricula, and B) are boring.

    Some good products/resources for this age:

    Hands on Thinking Skills package (Critical Thinking Company)

    Handwriting Without Tears

    Mathematical Reasoning (Critical Thinking Company) or Miquon for math

    Logic of English Foundations (great for children who want to MOVE - this is phonics, spelling, and writing)

    Rod and Staff's GHI series is great for building fine motor skills.

    Zoologic and Equilbro are great building and logic games.

  • kirbymom
    February 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM
    My 5 year old isn't ready to sit down and do regular lessons either. But, she is ready to jump in on her siblings' schooling and I use that to my advantage. She hates to write but loves to write words she is interested in so I help her learn to write those words. Slowly but surely her vocabulary and writing skills ate improving. I also utilize our everyday "doing stuff" as a means of *learning*. She has learned to count by playing with a deck of cards. She also has an out of this world memory from playing a memory game with that same deck of cards.
    I guess what I am trying to say is this...
    Don't ever discount that what you and she do in a day isn't some form of learning for her. She is really learning SO much more than is being realized, I promise. Have faith in her and in Yourself. You can do this!
  • KrissyKC
    February 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM
    My current kindy, almost six, is a big challenge. She is crazy hyper, loud, extreme temperament, etc.

    She can run in circles, take a tiny breather, get up and run in circles again. This can be done for hours on end during bad weather days when we r stuck inside.

    Anyway, I say all that to discuss what we have been doing.

    1.) Pinterest calendar board with hands on activities. Money, time, date, etc...

    2.) Calendar notebook to record some of the above activities and to keep tallies and graphs..

    3.) She joins us in daily sign language practice, flags, scripture reading and she semi participates in the older kids science.

    4.) Computer learning...She has a time4learning account and works with,, and some games we own anywhere from advanced prek to first grade.

    5.) Practices a few minutes daily for her clubs and events she is in. Doing a drama and bible quizzing.

    6.) Relaxed read together times several times per week. Not always every day, but as often as we can.
  • KrissyKC
    February 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM
    Oh yeah and I'm just starting to step up the writing. So...

    7.) Draw Write Now (hit and miss), practicing writing her name and address, writing the alphabet, writing her sight words (about 5 each 2 weeks) also playdoh, tracing, coloring, dot to dots, mazes, stringing beads, lacing, pipe cleaners, etc... to build skills.
  • romacox
    by romacox
    February 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Recent brain research reveals that the desire to learn is as natural as breathing.  But by not understanding the child's learning style,  we turn off their desire to learn.

    Whole Brain Teaching teaches to all the learning styles, and Improves the health of the brain. 

    How To Home School

  • maggiemom2000
    February 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Check out the links here. Lots of ideas that do not involve sitting in front of a workbook:

    Growing Readers

    Are you Growing a Reader? Homeschooling your early reader? No need to buy an expensive curriculum to get your child off to a great start at reading. Do you want to avoid tedious, boring worksheets and instead learn through engaging hands on activities and play? Here are a collection of links on teaching your child to read and write for free:

    Sight Words or Phonics? How about a balanced approach?

    Read some background on using a balanced literacy approach to teach your child to read. What does your Kindergartner need to learn in reading? See the list of Common Core Kindergarten Standards and links to activities to teach those skills to your emergent reader.

    What do I need to Buy?

    The short answer: nothing. You can do all of the lessons and activities here using books from the library and things you already have around the house like paper, pens, chalk, and index cards. In this post I suggest some possible things you can buy to enhance the activities. These are supplies that you will be able to use for years, not just for a couple of lessons. Manipulatives like a good set of magnetic letters can be used from preschool into elementary school, beginning with basic letter identification, on to phonics, building sight words, word families and complex multisyllabic spelling words.

    Shared Literature

    Read, read, read to your child. Reading aloud to your child is the best thing you can do to grow a reader. Go beyond reading aloud and teach your child reading skills while enjoying great literature! (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

    Early Alphabet Learning and the Name Game

    How to begin teaching the alphabet and other early literacy skills to your preschooler or Kindergartner. (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

    More Alphabet Learning and Emergent Reader Skills at STOP and Learn to Read
    Using only a stop sign you can teach the following skills:
    • letter versus word (early reading skills)
    • capital versus lower case letters (alphabet)
    • letter identification (alphabet)
    • letter/sound connection (phonics)
    • letter formation (writing)
    • first letter and last letter (early reading skills)
    • counting (math)
    • reading left to right (early reading skills)

    Kindergarten Sight Words and Early Reading Skills

    What you need to know to get started teaching your Kindergartner to read including a look at some of the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten reading. (Kindergarten)

    Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

    After you know about teaching sight words to your Kindergartner you are ready to move on to sentences. (Kindergarten)

    Kindergarten Sight Words Reading Books

    Once you start introducing your child to the sight words he is ready for his first emergent-reader book. (Kindergarten)

    Beginning Phonics for Emergent Readers

    Once your child knows most of the letters of the alphabet and their sounds he is ready to learn to "sound out" simple CVC words. This post shows you lots of hands on multi-sensory ways to practice early phonics. (Kindergarten, First Grade)

    Learn 37 Words and Know how to Read and Write Over 500 Words!

    Your child can learn more phonics "rules" by learning several words with common letter patterns. When your child learns to make analogies and manipulate onset and rime they can quickly read and write hundreds of new words. These are better known as word families. (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade)

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