Age 4-5 notify me

How to "start" homeschooling with your child

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Samantha C
Newbury Park, CA
4/18/2022
Greetings - I'm new to the MBTP community and just purchased the 4-5 year old curriculum for my soon to be 4 year old son. He's bright and loves being read-to. I'm planning to start the program in September to be on a similar schedule as the school year and wanted to have some time to familiarize myself with the content before jumping in. One question I keep chewing on is how or whether to prepare my son for homeschooling. Should I tell him we are going to start schooling at home, or, since reading is such a consistent part of our day anyway, just start weaving in the curriculum? Any thoughts or ideas about how to navigate this transition are welcomed. Thank you!
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ANGELA B
LAMPASAS, TX
4/19/2022
I think the answer depends on your style. A lot of parents use Age 4-5 as an opportunity to learn "how to do school." -that is begin setting a routine for learning in your home. Unless you're going to be doing some form of unschooling, a simple routine can be very beneficial.

If you don't want to "begin" your year, you can just start doing activities without the fanfare. I think you'll find most kids like the idea of starting "school." -whether it's homeschool or otherwise. Your child will only know school the way you present it. Make it what works for your family.
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Samantha C
Newbury Park, CA
4/19/2022
Thanks very much, Angela.
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frederick h
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5/21/2022
some people favour private education for their children, others want their children to be educated in the state sector. Both of these are considered the mainstream. However, I really want to home school my children, if I ever have them. My reasons are as follows:

1. You go to school to learn, not to make friends. In lessons I have seen bright students being pulled back by their peers, or being made fun of just because they are not afraid to answer questions. In a home environment, there will not be peer pressure, they will strive on their own. There is too much bullying in school, whilst it's a part of life, I believe this is the way to fully eradicate it. Shy children may feel more comfortable and ready to learn at home, but still encourage them to attend extra-curricular activities (see #2).

2. The fear of children "not being sociable" is not a valid reason for sending them to school. They can attend after school clubs, make friends with their cousins or neighbours in the local community. As I've already said, very often people are pulled down in school (of course if they allow others to).

3. I do not trust the government with school curriculum. The coalition government have excellent ideas (changes to GCSEs and A-levels), but still, I would prefer teaching them myself and not have them reliant on the public sector. Even though teachers do a good job, I want to be as self-sufficient as possible.