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Old 09-07-2002, 09:45 PM
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Home Preschooling---Is there such a thing?

With the financial troubles we are having right now, we cannot afford to send my son to preschool. I would like to set up some kind of preschool in my home for him but I have no idea where to begin. Does anyone know of an actual course that I can follow? The big reason that Im concerned is because his birthday falls so late in the year-Oct.27- so he is will the deadline to start kindergarden this year and he will be just about 6 when he starts next year. I dont want him to fall behind for his age.

Any ideas to help me start a preschool program ?

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Old 09-08-2002, 07:20 AM
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Hi Tami!

First of all, be sure to check out the thread about starting with preschoolers in this forum. The ladies will give you lots of good ideas on things to do without a program.

If you really want a program, you can probably check your local Barnes & Nobel or other large chain for some books. I had one called Mom's Big Book of Preschool Activities that I used for my first child only (more on that later) and there is a program called Slow and Steady Get Me Ready. There is also a program called Before Five in a Row.

Okay, now that I've admitted to using a program for my first, let me tell you why I didn't use anything for the rest of my children ... it's really not neccesary! Just keep your son with you, and talk to him about what you are doing throughout the day. Talk about the colors you see, the smells, the tastes, numbers, letters, sounds - everything!

Preschool is just a fancy name for structured babysitting. People would like you to believe that your son will be "behind" but he won't. Children don't learn at the same rate, and it won't matter how much "schooling" your child gets - he still will be behind in certain areas, and ahead in others. But, once children are between 8-12 things will start to click.

Check out what the other ladies are doing, and then set up a schedule for yourself: art on Monday at 10am, cooking experiment on Tuesday at 10am, field trip on Wednesday at 10am, art on Thursday at 10am, and park on Friday at 10am. Schedule a story time at 9:30am, lunch at noon, and leave time in between activities for you to get your housework done - and let him help!
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Old 09-08-2002, 10:47 AM
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Thanks for the great advice! Im going to make a small schedule of things for us to do and go from there.

This should be interesting since he's not used to being that structured. In the end though, I think we will both like having a schedule of certain times to do things. I know that if I keep it fun, he will look forward to it.

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Old 09-08-2002, 03:27 PM
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Thank you! I love the macaroni art idea and know he will too. Both, my DH & Ds have an obsession with eating macaroni so I know he will love creating pictures with it. I had forgotten all about doing those crafts as a child.
I also like the idea of making cards with names of items and sticking them to it. I really think this would work with him.

I hate to say it but the preschools around our area arent very friendly if you do send your child to their school so I think asking them is out of the question. But I wont give up...with all of the ideas you all are providing to me and some other sites--I found some really good tips right here on Family Corner too, thanks Amanda!-Im sure Ill be able to put some sort of schedule together.

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Old 09-09-2002, 08:25 AM
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Thanks Caron

I started looking at these sites late last night....stayed up so late that my eyes started crossing!

Ive found some really helpful stuff on these sites. Now I just need to get organized enough to start this!!

I use Google all of the time --love that search engine!!--but I never thought of typing those 2 words together into it.
See why I love this site so much ???

Tami
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Old 12-19-2002, 01:55 PM
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I homeschool preschool! I started out with B4FIAR curriculum, but stopped using it because it wasn't complete enough for us. The great thing about preschool is ANYTHING is a learning experience! I do theme units (nursery rhymes, Valentine's Day, Christmas, winter/snow, farm, ocean/sea life, birthday, Thanksgiving, Autumn, apples, Easter, etc.). I check tons of books out from the library (according to theme) and we read 3 or 4 a day. I use printables, games, recipes, fingerplays, poems, songs, crafts, activities, etc. that I find online. Some good resources are -


www.abcteach.com
www.atozteacherstuff.com
http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/clr-indx.html
www.sundayschoolcrafts.com
http://www.childfun.com/
http://www.niteowl.org/kids/hpdcolor.html
http://www.kinderart.com/
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/
http://www.bridge.net/~labush/colrpres.htm
http://www.mrssinger.com/coloring.htm
www.mrsalphabet.com
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
http://www.freecoloringpages.com/
http://www.theideabox.com/
http://tlsbooks.com/kidspagearchive.htm
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/denise/ThemesP-3B.htm
http://www.preschooleducation.com/
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com/
http://www.homeschoolingadventures.com/preschool.html
http://www.preschoolplanet.com/
http://www.brobstsystems.com/kids/
http://members.tripod.com/~medebi/25printables.html
http://www.underfives.co.uk/wrksheet.html
http://www.kinderkorner.com/
http://www.coreknowledge.org/
http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/dynamic.htm
http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/
http://www.teachingheart.net/units.html
http://www.learningpage.com/
http://www.makingfriends.com/
http://www.preschoolideas.co.uk/index.htm
http://www.preschoollearners.com/
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/index.htm
http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/ia...rly/early.html
http://www.fastq.com/%7Ejbpratt/educ...childhood.html
http://www.kinderthemes.com/
http://www.geocities.com/soogal99/index.html
http://www.signwithme.com/main_signs.asp
http://www.theschoolbell.com/contents.html

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WOW Thank you so much for taking the time to post all those links. I haven't seen alot of them. I am going to take a night and a glass of water and sit down and explore them all.

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You're welcome! I am loving our preschool experience at home!
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wahoo! answers to questions i haven't even asked yet!! *grin*

I have a two year old that I am desparately wanting to homeschool and have been doggedly seeking ways to provide more of a structure so I can say to dh--'see, he's been learning this, this, and this'--and maybe finally win him over to considering the idea of homeschooling our super active tot.

When I was visiting my mom out west I was extremely impressed with the tot-time their library had. It was three times a week and each week was a different theme. We would go all three times simply because it was the entirety of our socialization during the day, but I observed that they did things slightly differently each day. They incorporated a lot of puppets, did a lot of songs and nursery rhyme type things, and once a month they did a craft. I'm trying to incorporate a similar idea into our days. Haven't succeeded thus far, but thought I'd share one of the things that was inspiring me with my not-yet-preschooler. *grin*
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Thanks Caron!

My DS is now eagerly awaiting the start of kindergarten on the 27th.

This site looks to be full of ideas. I cant wait to check it out.


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