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    Hello, I just want to introduce myself. Like many of us, I have decided to go on this homeschooling journey. I have many children, however, my youngest I am homeschooling/planning to homeschool from preschool to as far as we can go. Hopefully all the way through high school. I am looking forward and am hopeful of speaking with most, maybe even all of the members here. You know, like for advice, suggestions and just a kind word here and there. I have received a lot of sideways looks from people when I have mentioned homeschooling, I even had a librarian roll her eyes at me. On the other hand, I have also received positive statements from people. I guess it's been a 50/50 split when it comes to the mentalities of our society on topics as controversial as teaching our own children. I personally do not feel that educating our children should be a controversial subject. Anyway, there I go rambling again. Thanks for letting me join this community. I am looking forward to this long and wonderful journey, (fully aware that there will be many ups and downs)

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    Welcome!

    You may be getting sideways looks for saying youre homeschooling your preschooler, more than that youre homeschooling. Preschoolers learn at home their colors, shapes, letters, and numbers just like they learn to pour their own cereal and dress themselves, without much serious or formalized instruction. Just exposure and involved parenting.

    I remember when I started "homeschooling" my oldest when he was a preschooler, I thought of it as a "practice year". So Im with you on 'homeschooling' your four year old!
    My advice for preschool is dont buy workbooks galore! Dont buy shiny curriculum that promise to bring out the inner Einstein in your kid. Dont buy something all-inclusive 'to make it easier' your first year out.
    Probably its safe to say, "DONT BUY".
    Practice your homeschooling skills - read aloud to your darling a lot! Go through picture books, let him tell you the stories. Play games with alphabet blocks, learn the letter shapes, then the letter sounds, then start blending them and recognizing familiar words. Download free edutainment apps and let her play them whenever she likes (I believe my almost K baby has learned most of his phonics and math this way). Do stupid little crafts to develop his fine motor skills, even if you hate it, because developing hand strength and stamina is whats going to make writing pleasant.

    And ask us questions here, we all started once.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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