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    Hello, all. I live in north central Iowa. My husband is a grain farmer and I stay home, which gives us a lot of scheduling flexibility during the off-seasons. We have a four year old and a newborn--planning to start "officially" homeschooling this fall. I'm inclined to just wing it, especially at this age, but my husband is still a little nervous about our abilities to motivate ourselves without structure. We may try a boxed curriculum initially, but I'm currently in the process of researching that.

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    Welcome! There is a lot of good information on here as well as helpful people.
    DS 14, DD 12
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    Welcome! Homeschooling little ones seems pretty fun - but Id avoid the box curriculums. I remember I tried one for older DSs preschool year, and it was a huge waste of money.
    All those extra books you buy with them, which you read once and are done with! Thats what a library card is for!
    And then looking back, the curriculum choices they use arent usually what anyone would recommend you using if you were asking for suggestions for that subject.
    For me the appeal was 1) structure, and 2) safety, knowing that *here was something that will cover all the bases*.
    It turned out to be just a waste of money.
    Better to invest in a library card and an ipad.

    You might want to look at guide books, like *homeschooling year by year*, or the *What your x grader needs to know* to get information about what is typically taught, as a starting point.

    Or ask us.

    And dont panic.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome Nichole!!

    Trust your gut and humor your hubby Try a phonics program and maybe a "family math" type of book. I'd save the money from a boxed curriculum this early on. You can create a rhythm of a little reading instruction and a little math everyday, and keep it fun. Use the money you save and get a few "spines"......a kids first dictionary, an animal/nature encyclopedia with lots of pictures, an atlas....stuff like that. The "What Your ____ Grader Needs to Know" series can be a helpful framework, but don't make yourself crazy over it.

    Make good use of your library, and get to know the librarians! They can be a great ally.

    You can do this!!!
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    Welcome! We've got an active pre-k/k group going here if you'd like to join us

    We are wrapping up prek. We bought a few things like Hooked on Phonics and more books than I'd like to admit, but mostly I used Pinterest for ideas. DS liked some of the worksheets from Progressive Phonics (free online), and we did the library almost every week, library activities, and community stuff with my moms' group.

    Someone suggested Wee Folk Art » Crafting, Learning, Sharing for free pre-k curriculum, which looked really cute and has a printable curriculum map with seasonal activities. I might use that next time around. I've got two more little ones.
    I've also printed some stuff from here: Homeschoolshare , a suggestion from Mariam, a member here.

    Beware of blogger pre-k curricula for stuff like letter of the week - some are just moms putting together 26 weeks of the same activity. Booooooring. More start out doing one thing and never finish it, which is frustrating. The very best thing that worked for us was switching what we were doing anytime DS got bored and following his interests.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at

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    At that age, playing is learning. You can add in small stuff, learning letters, numbers, etc.
    You can get some preschool workbooks and even Kindergarten ones to try and see how it goes.
    You can do it!
    If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to send me a PM!
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    Thanks for the welcome! I think we're going to try Discovery K12's preschool program. It's free, so if we hate it we won't feel like we need to stick with it. Other than that, we'll spend time at the library and science center, and just enjoy life.
    Last edited by NicholeO; 04-21-2016 at 07:39 PM.

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    Hi! We live in NE Iowa near Waterloo/Cedar Falls. I'm also new to homeschooling and have two girls, ages 4 and 1. Do you have any secular homeschool groups in your area? One of my biggest concerns is that I can't find any like-minded groups here.

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