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    Hello home schooling mamas!

    I'm needing some encouragement...

    I am not actually home schooling, as my children are not school age.
    But my oldest is 3.5yrs old now, and we are finding that he is becoming one of the oldest kids at the playgroups/activities we attend. Everyone is starting to send their kids of to day-care at this age, except us!

    I sway between feeling very confident about my parenting and how I'm raising my kids, to thinking I'm not doing well enough. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and give my kids a lot (not stuff, but a lot of my time, and experiences, etc), as I don't want to feel that they are 'missing out' on anything by not going off to day-care/kindy.

    Everyone seems to say that he will get bored at home, not have enough stimulation, not keep up with his peers, not do well in school, not do well socially, etc, etc.

    So I wanted to ask around if anyone here has little pre-schoolers at home who they haven't sent off to kindy, and how you're going about making sure they are 'stimulated' enough and not 'getting bored' at home.

    Really I guess I am just wanting encouragement from like-minded people that I am doing the right thing (I believe I am, but sometimes it's hard when I seem to be swimming agaist the current).

    We go to playgroup, for walks, swims, visiting friends. Paint, listen to music, sing, and dance. Read lots and lots of books together. Cook, make a mess, and sometimes clean it up!

    Thanks.

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    Not a homeschooler but it certainly sounds like you're doing a fantastic job offering plenty of stimulation in a variety of ways! (more than many cc/ kindy places offer)

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    I'm not a homeschooler (I'm actually a kindergarten teacher at the moment), but it sounds to me like you're doing a great job. Children that age learn best by doing and playing, and you seem to have that going on. You probably do this naturally, but introduce some basic "academic" stuff into what you're doing. I don't mean worksheets, but things like "How many eggs will we put in the cake? Let's count them ...".

    I think you will realise if he does reach the point where he needs more stimulation, or is getting bored at home but, unless and until he shows those sounds, it sounds great. Daycare is not essential by any means.

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    Thanks for your replies guys.

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    Hi, sounds like you are doing a great job I hae 3 boys, my eldest is 4 and was in preschool but I pulled him out as he was unhappy and we will homeschool. I found the little bit of one on one he isat getting with us was 10 times better for him then preschool. We just follow his interests....lately it has been electricity and at the moment it's cooking and honeybees and chickens (he loves animals
    That seems enough! He does love to go out and play at the park or go swimming...and as long as my boys get to go out once a day and run around they are happy

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    I have a preschooler/kindy child at home, as well as an elder daughter, and we are natural learners. I think you are doing a great job. I don't think your child will miss out if he/she doesn't attend kindy or pre-prep as it is in Qld. Yes its fun, social and there are lots of learning and great experiences, however you can provide those same type of experiences in your own life, not just at home. My girls swim, dance, garden, do art, craft, and explore the world, learning at their own pace, following their interest and are enjoying free time to reflect, play and just 'be'. They also see lots of other children their age, so for me stimulation and socialisation are never an issue, its more about pacing ourselves so we have enough time at home to rest and re-energise to keep this wonderful life sustainable. Enjoy your kindy aged child, they do grow and change so fast and its much more enjoyable to to be involved and part of the process, rather than delegating it to a kindy or daycare!!


 

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