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From: mary (
Subject:         Re: Just getting started - K ideas?
Date: March 16, 2007 at 8:53 am PST

In Reply to: Just getting started - K ideas? posted by Olivia on October 10, 2006 at 2:39 pm:

perhaps you could begin with a preK this spring to get you & your child into the swing of things, and to also see what the learning style is, likes & dislikes, plus do all the fun things too. i am doing a modified preK4 with my son. i am backing off of too much workbooks or paperwork because of his age and also because i want his eyes to fully develop (i wore glasses by age nine). just a pet peeve here. i would like to follow well trained mind program more closely once he turns five. i will share with you what programs we have followed. at age 2, we followed hands on homeschooling. this was fun, with bits of everything, plus it showed me how to be truly organized and to make things much simpler by keeping things in strict order. at age 3, we followed great books academy/angelicum academy nursery program. some of the stories (andrew lang) were a bit too strong/overwhelming for him, so i located less scary stories, but similar. right now we are finishing up a modified program of preschool (great books) and sonlight preK. again, i am not pushing for reading at an early age, just for the sake of eye development. we're blending saxon K math & singapore early bird. i can see he is more the early bird fan than saxon. for phonics, we are using the sing write spell prek (bought at discount) and leap frog tapes (bought brand new "used" at for a fraction of the price). his older brother embarassed him abuot the leap frog tapes though, but he does sing their abc songs (a says ah, etc.). with his schedule, i play it by ear, since total time of prek runs less than an hour. we still get to play, nature walk, etc.
if you borrow or buy used some various programs, you may see what you or your child prefer.
my older son was ok with abeka in kindergarten, but he began to hate all the workbooks. he did need the repeition, but i wanted him to enjoy learning.

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