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    kylie is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default New to homeschooling - Any suggestions

    I have just started exclusively homeschooling as per my (just turned) 4 year old daughter's request. I'm guessing she is probably gifted, her preschool teachers have advised me that she probably is but I haven't had her formally evaluated. I pulled her out of preschool as the teachers told me that there was nothing they could do for her academically & she has this amazing thirst for knowledge. Socially she was doing wonderfully...

    Maths - She breezed through Kindergarten T4L (telling me it was for babies), we are about to start 1st grade & we have started the Alpha program with Math-U-See. I have just heard about singapore maths... does anyone use this? Is it better then Math-U-See?

    Language Arts - Her Language Arts are not as strong. We are slowly going through the Kindergarten T4L, although she is reading, I'm not ready to move her on as I believe she "reads" due to her huge sight word vocabulary, not from phonics. I am finding it really hard to take her back to the basics (I'm also doing Hooked on Phonics) and once she knows what the word is it just goes straight to her sight word vocabulary, I don't believe she can really sound words out! Any suggestions on what I can do here?

    Science - Just started the T4L science, but we visit the natural history museum twice/month & read lots of books & websites, plus do experiments in the house when I find things to do. I would love to hear about any good websites that have experiments etc?

    Art - We visit & do classes at the MET twice/month. Plus lots of painting/drawing etc... Anyone know of good websites for younger kids?

    Social Studies/History/Geography - About to start the T4L social studies, we get to do lots of field trip as we are fortunate to do lots of travelling. Any suggestions on good websites?

    Sport/social - She does 2 hours a day of a combination of organized sport & social play. I also try to organize 2 - 3 play dates a week.

    Foreign Language - She was attending Chinese school (though we are not Chinese) last year. This year they want to put her with the 6 year olds. I'm not sure if I should be sending her as I'm concerned that this year is going to be too hard & she is doing so much with her homeschooling, I also don't want to discourage her love of the language.

    I would love to hear from anyone who is in or has been in a similar situation or has any ideas of websites/activities I can do with my daughter.

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    Welcome!

    This website is subscription based, but most people who like Time4Learning enjoy the animated "movies": http://www.brainpopjr.com .

    There are loads of fun worksheets at The Learning Page. You have to register first, but it is quick and free. http://www.learningpage.com .

    Here are some free, fun, step-by-step drawing lessons: http://www.unclefred.com/

    A couple of mine are going to do one of these video art programs beginning in the fall. They are not free: http://www.draw3d.com/OnlineVideo.html

    Last year, we did this VERY fun animated art program. There is a yearly subscription fee: http://www.geeguides.com/

    Did you know that MathUSee has a worksheet generator now, and some online practice activities? It's one of our favorite math programs.

    For phonics, you might try this free site: http://www.letteroftheweek.com .
    My kids loved using a poster to keep track of the letter they were studying.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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    Thank you for your reply. The information was much appreciated!

    My daughter loved brainpopjr.com & letteroftheweek.com (country of the week was also a big hit!)... we will definitely be adding these to our list.

    Thanks,
    Kylie

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