When I was growing up, kids who were homeschooled were always labeled as “weird” or un-socialized.

I think the mentality of that has changed so much since then. There are so many more families choosing to homeschool their children. And there are so many more resources available. I even have a Pinterest board for Homeschool Preschool now!

When I first started thinking about homeschooling, I had no idea where to start or what to do.

I had a friend of mine who told me about HIPPY. It stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and it’s a state-funded program (free for parents!).

Every week, we have a HIPPY coordinator come to our house and give us a “packet” to complete with Literacy, Math, Motor Skills and more.

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This was our first packet and it included the book Where’s Spot? The dog we used for some creative play and I had it at home. We also had a reading log where we logged all the different books Emma and I read in 100 days.

This was Emma making her own book:

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She LOVES cutting, so sometimes I print out cutting practice pages for her to use (these were not part of HIPPY)

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As part of one of her school assignments, we made sock puppet dogs for the book Where’s Spot? 

We also built a dog bed, pillow and blanket and Emma was able to decorate the box herself.

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(Her dog is the blue one, I made an extra one for Addie)

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We made this paper ball for one of her gross motor activities and this is her and Daddy rolling it back and forth on the table. We have also kicked in into a bucket (like soccer) and thrown it like a ball.

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This was for her book Jump Frog Jump. I punched the holes and she laced the yarn through it.

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This was Emma gluing dots for her book 10 Black Dots. 

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When we first signed up, we got these awesome HIPPY shapes.

Emma now knows the shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle and star.

They also come in colors (which she knows ALL of).

This was her matching the shapes up to the shapes in the picture.

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This is affectionately referred to as “The Oatmeal Drum”

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This is one we just did (btw, we are on week 14 of the program).

We are currently on the book My 5 Senses and this was teaching Emma which foods taste sweet, salty and sour.

I saved the best for last. This was BY FAR my favorite day of homeschooling Emma so far.

I literally teared up.

When I saw her write. her. name.

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This is what makes it all worth it.

I hope this post was helpful for you guys! If you want more information, just comment below and I will answer any questions I can!

If you want more information on HIPPY or to enroll your child, please visit http://floridahippy.fmhi.usf.edu  (in Florida). There is also a national Website to see if HIPPY is available in your state.

Thanks for reading!