I have a 3 and 2 yr. old so the advice I've gotten to homeschool them is kinda what I'm doing now. Be with them and live life with them. I try to make the best of every opportunity to teach them. Like while traveling home from Grandma's house I did some math with Cassia (the oldest), "Look Cassia one truck ... Look Cassia another truck. One plus one equals two trucks. We've passed by two trucks!" When we're in the supermarket I try to get the kids to find letters on the products and say what the letter sounds like. I use the letter magnets on the freezer to teach letter recognition and what the letter sounds like ... etc., etc...
I've read Debbie Pearl's book To Train Up A Child. She taught me to take advantage of every opportunity to teach your children.
I do have a question about planning and keeping record and stuff like that. Do I need forms and charts? I've already been writing down every day in a day planner what I teach them. If I start homeschooling do I have to be more official?
Hi Violet, You will need to see what is required from your state. Here in FL we do not need to keep any records until 1st grade. I did start keeping records in K, just to get me use to the idea. Your state may require something else.
When you go to the convention they should have all the information you need. If not, I am sure someone on this list will be able to direct you to a link to your state.
As for planning, Donna has lots of helpful information on her web site at Homeschool Helps. I have learned a lot from that site and the forms I use for my records are from there also.
Hope that helps.
Here in FL we have to keep records for two years. If the superintendent wants to see records they have to give a written 15 day notice. It is a rare thing to happen, usually they don't have the time, but if you are asked for records it is no big thing. You will be homeschooling with pride, keeping good records, and there is no reason not to show off your hard work. I would not take my children to see them or let the school board into my home. This is my .