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Do I need to homeschool my 3 year old?
Old 08-05-2020, 11:15 AM
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We were originally planning on sending my DS to 3 year old preschool this year, but have decided to keep him home with us because of COVID. DH can work from home indefinitely, and I have been a SAHM since DS was born. I've seen so many people planning elaborate weekly themes and getting workbooks for their kids his age. I was planning on continuing with what we've been doing (reading, painting, building, imaginary play, etc.) and exploring his interests as well as working on some independence with things like buttoning his pants, pouring water from a pitcher, and getting on snow gear.
He's a smart and curious little guy who taught himself to read at two and currently reads at around a 2nd grade level. He is interested in so many things from other languages to music to computer programming to insects and more. I want to keep enriching his learning, but do I need to do preschool at home with calendar time and themes? I realize he will be missing the social aspect of school, but we can't really do much about that right now. He's obviously learning already, so do you think it's fine to just keep doing what we've been doing? Did your only child do fine without attending three year old preschool? Thanks!


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Old 08-05-2020, 11:18 AM
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Please just keep doing what you’re doing. There’s no need to do elaborate themes, put pressure on him or take the fun out of learning.
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:21 AM
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Have fun with learning and enjoy him as a three year old. Let him write in little notebooks and NO WORKSHEETS
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:35 AM
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Like the others said, let him play. You don't have to do anything more than that. Keep doing what you're doing and let him drive what he learns.
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:38 AM
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No. What you are doing is exactly what he needs. You are developing his interests and curiosity. No programs. Play, read, cook, explore the outside and enjoy. There will still be many more years of school ahead of him when the pandemic ends.


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Old 08-05-2020, 11:52 AM
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He's 3, continue having fun learning!

If you want him to learn about the calendar do it on a casual way. How many days until...? Etc.
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:53 AM
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Please don't get him a workbook! He's way passed that style of learning. You've created an intelligent and curious little boy so follow those interests as you've been doing. He's fortunate to have you as his mom!
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:57 AM
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is to keep doing what you are doing. Allow him to learn, grow and develop vocabulary by playing, reading, cooking, imaginary play, building and exploring outside. Maybe do some simple science experiments. Check out Sciencbob.com for ideas. Enjoy your sweet boy at home one more year.
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Keep doing what you are doing
Old 08-05-2020, 11:59 AM
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I agree, keep doing what you are doing. He will love the chance to explore. And, side note, I hear about the stuff you are doing and the things he is interested and I'm getting interested!

The only thing you MAY want to look into is to see if there is a way he can still safely socialize with others, even if it is just for a little bit, and also maybe look into maybe some time apart from you, so he gets used to that. Again, it would't have to be anything long. I just think part of pre-school is learning how to interact with others and learning how to be aware from loved ones and feeling comfortable with that. I know those things are hard to do with the current COVID situation, but if you feel comfortable, that might be something to look into. Otherwise, at 3, he still has the following year before kindergarten to learn these skills.
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Old 08-05-2020, 12:26 PM
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What you are doing sounds great, and it's obviously benefitting him!


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Keep up the good work!
Old 08-05-2020, 12:26 PM
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It sounds like he is right where he needs to be. If you can stay home with him, and work with him yourself in a natural and loving way, why send him to preschool?
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Old 08-05-2020, 12:40 PM
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I would recommend A Year of Playing Skillfully. It was and is a lot of fun for my kids and focuses on developmentally appropriate preschool activities. Some of their ideas have become traditions in our house because they were so meaningful and fun.

Also, I think he will be fine socially. Let's remember that studies show that real socialization doesn't start until they are much older, six or seven.

ETA: I don't think you NEED a program but A Year of Playing Skillfully is a bunch of hands on activities that brought such joy and good memories to my family. We started at four, though.

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Old 08-05-2020, 12:42 PM
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I think your plan sounds like something that Maria Montessori would greatly approve of. Keep up the good work.
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Old 08-05-2020, 01:22 PM
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It sounds like your son is doing great! You must be doing something right. Just keep doing what you are doing. I am the director of a preschool for children ages 3-5 and I so wish that all of our parents would keep their children home this year. It's where they need to be right now.
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Old 08-05-2020, 02:23 PM
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No. Not necessary.

And I feel that he'll be fine without socializing now, too.

My 5-year-old has not been to school. And he won't get to go this year as planned. I have no concerns about his development. I'm keeping him home where it's safe and perfectly conducive to learning without needing a program.
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Homeschool 3 year old
Old 08-05-2020, 03:20 PM
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You are “home schooling” him in all the appropriate ways. Teaching through general life around you. Keep letting him set the pace and guide his own interests for now. As I former kinder teacher, I both thank and applaud you.
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It just comes naturally for him
Old 08-05-2020, 04:14 PM
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Heck no! It sounds as if you are already doing a super job with him.

Themes? That just means when he's interested in something, you do more of it. If he's interested in weather, then talk about it. Go outside to play and notice the clouds.

Music? Ok, here's a drum. Let's sing and have a parade.

I've got to fold the laundry. Can you help by matching the socks, please?

Lots of reading of stories to him. Lots of running and jumping and throwing balls.

And, if/when the situation allows, playdates. He will be just fine.
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Old 08-05-2020, 05:07 PM
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Don't you dare!
It sounds like you are doing exactly what you need to be doing. Keep it up!
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Old 08-06-2020, 03:18 AM
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Thanks for all of the reassurance!
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:48 PM
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Great job momma! Let the children play! Learning through play is the most effective type of learning for 3 and 4 year olds! Have fun!

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