Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Do you homeschool?

Do I have any homeschooling mama readers out there? Need some advice please! My husband and I were both homeschooled and we knew without a doubt we wanted our kids homeschooled. Ethan will be 2 years old in August and I feel like it is time to start some educational activities to teach him basic things and maybe this will also help him to want to talk more. This will also ease me into doing a daily learning routine with him and starting to do prep work even if it's something really simple.

I just got my HUGE Rainbow Resource catalog in the mail today. Needless to say I'm blown away with the amount of curriculum that is available now. Wow, do I have a lot of research to do before Ethan is ready for Kindergarten! They do have a few items that look interesting such as the Bright & Beyond Activity Cards and the Toddler's Busy Book. I was wanting to know if anyone has used any of these or something similar. I would love to hear your suggestions for age 2 and any websites you may know that are helpful in preparing learning for the 2 year old. 

Thanks ladies! =)

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8 comments:

nsees said...

I don't homeschool but here are two good links that I think you could get a lot of good reference links from as their are many homeschoolers involved.

They start with preschool but many of the mom's have older kids as well.

http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/

http://totallytots.blogspot.com/

N.D. said...

That's really cool you are going to homeschool. I Have no advice but would love to hear what you find.

Me and Mine in a Small Town said...

There you go again! LOL I was JUST talking to my aunt about this a few days ago! She homeschooled all her kids I think 7 of them. She said that she used different things and some she made up along the way (going to the library and printing out sheets) I told her that I really wanted to start Eddie Rey since he is already 4 1/2. He already knows all his letters by sight, but doesn't know the ABC song. I thought he really didn't need to know it since he knows all his letters and even knows what some stand for, but he will need to know it to help him with the order. Anyways, she said that she didn't start her kids till at least 5 or 6 her older ones were done by 16 and in college soon after.
At 2 I would just make my own worksheets. I used to do that with my son not even thinking it was schooling. This was way before I knew I wanted to homeschool. I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up these window stickers that were shapes, colors, numbers and ABC's and stuck them on my son's window. I really want to start him this year, but some of the curriculums cost so much. We really can't afford it at all. I wanted a Christian based one as well. I think I'm going to look online since they have printable worksheets on different sites that are for free. Sorry I wrote a book!

Jessie said...

Hi there, I'm not a homeschooling mama but I was homeschooled by my mother as a child :) I want to say kudos to you for homsechooling!

Jess

www.jessielynnsmith.com

Hippie4ever said...

Hi I am currently homeschooling...but he's only 15 months. So not sure that qualifies :) Anyway, I follow a lot of homeschool bloggers and one of them, Mozi Esme had a link-up with Homeschool Village on this page:

http://moziesme.blogspot.com/2010/06/refresh.html

Maybe you could find some suggestions there.

Hippie4ever said...

For my son, we just look at everything as a learning opportunity. I don't think it's necessary to invest in curriculum, esp. at this age. Just involve him in every day activities. I think we all make this harder than it needs to be...I don't think Thomas Jefferson's or Benjamin Franklin's or even Albert Einstein's Mom was using flash cards at this age. :)


But some of those activities sounded like fun.

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

I'm not even a mom yet, haha. but I have an interest in perhaps homeschooling my kids someday, so I just wanted to encourage you to blog about your homeschooling adventures! :)

HappilyDomestic said...

There is some great early age preschool learning books out there. One is 365 ways to a smarter preschooler, wonderplay, etc. My advice is to incorporate learning with play at this age. You can make letters out of playdough, go over the alphabet as you play with alphabet blocks, go over shapes with a shape sorter, look at lots of books with animals and go over their names and sounds. This is all your child really needs to know until at least age 3. At ahe 3 I would incorporate more coloring, cutting (teaching to use the scizzors properly), holding a pencil properly. Teach them how to spell their name, etc.
Oh, I have so many ideas! Hope this helps. :-)

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