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From: Mom of 5 (99.156.235.116)
Subject:         Re: first time homeschooling mom! Help?
Date: August 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm PST

In Reply to: first time homeschooling mom! Help? posted by Nicole on August 18, 2010 at 11:23 am:

Hi Nicole,
I was the older sister of 3 younger siblings, babysat every neighborhood kid, ran a daycare for 14 years, worked as a teacher's aid for 4 years when my kids were in early elementary, and have been home-schooling for 9 years. From a LOT of experience, I've truely learned that every child has her own gifts and learns at a different pace and learns in her own special way. Just about every Mom worries that she isn't teaching enough, or she's pushing too hard, or that if her child doesn't learn something everone will think the Mom doesn't have the qualifications to teach. I still go through that every now and then! Before you take advise from others, or buy a whole bunch of stuff, look at your girl. Find her classroom- does she like to sit by the table and color and write a,b,c's? or does she do jumping jacks and stand on her head and sing the a,b,c's. Is her world about animals or people? Does she like to be entertained, or is she the entertainer? Then, find a source for what a first or second grader should know. Instead of spending tons of money on a curriculum, spend tons of time; time on playing games. Let her spell words and stick them around the house. Give her liter bottles and measuring cups and teach math in the bathtub. Take the seasons and spell the names of trees, and count points on leaves, add them together and make leaf art projects. Read library books about fall. Study why leaves turn brown. Find poetry books about fall. Teach her to love to learn. Slowly add what sit-down curriculum you really need. What kind of parent or Mom or person do you want her to be when she grows up? Patriotic? Start studying about the US flag, learn songs, teach the Pledge of Allegience, talk about her family geneology and what her grand relatives did. Independent? Make a chart of chores and daily self care- let her check things off. Find her talents and make them stronger by letting her use them. Look back at your life- God gave you experiences and the talents to be able to endure them, what did he give your daughter? Use what she loves to do, to help you teach her what she should know as a first or second grader. At about 8, you'll know your daughter really well, and have spent 1 or 2 years of looking at different curriculums so that you'll be ready for 3rd grade. Every Mom wishes they had age 6 back- to make it more fun and to play more. I wish my 20 year old had what my 13 yr old got; school would have been so much more pleasant!
Blessings and Good Luck!


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