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I created this site to add to what I feel is a sad paucity of web sites dealing with homeschooling preschool aged children. While there are lots of sites for preschool teachers, they all seem to be geared toward large class sizes and group learning rather than one-on-one teaching. Please note that from here on out the site has not been updated since I created it in 1999. Some links may be broken, and my son is obviously older now! But I have used this same course of study with my daughter, and intend to do so with my younger two sons as well, so I still vouch for it! (Jan. 2004)

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Here are some books that I recommend. I am currently using the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for my son. Before that I also used the Ready to Read book for a while. The Montessori book is an especially good one for very young children. It gives specific instructions for teaching and modeling and for making your own materials. It covers household chores, reading readiness and math concepts. It also describes what exactly the Montessori method of teaching is for those who are not already familiar with it. You do not need to totally agree with the philosophy to get alot from this book. The other books are ones that I read to my son, a couple I have even memorized I've read them so many times! I've only included books which are useful for teaching as well as providing enjoyable read-aloud time. For a very comprehensive list of excellent children's story books see the 1000 Good Books List.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
Ready to Read, Ready to Count Handbook by Teresa Savage
Teaching Montessori In the Home-The Preschool Years by Elizabeth Hainstock
Egermeier's Bible Story Book by Elsie Egermeier
Crinkleroot's Guide to Walking in Wild Places and others by Jim Arnosky
The Berenstain Bears' Almanac by Jan and Stan Berenstain
A Bold Carnivore by Consie Powell
Animals and Nature: Two-Can First Encyclopedia
Audubon Pocket Guides
The Magic School Bus books and videos
Sound Box books and others by Jane Moncure
Veggie Tales videos and books

Debbie's Soapbox Preschooling Links

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