Welcome! I think that you are probably doing more than you realize toward homeschooling your daughters. As parents, especially when we are home with our child(ren) we naturally talk WITH (as opposed to talking AT them or just TO them) our children. It is amazing how much difference it makes in a child who is accustomed to have a normal conversation with someone. If you think about it, a child who is placed in daycare when they are weeks old and spend a large part of their time in daycare--are talked about, talked at, and occasionally talked to. Seldom does anyone wait for (or even expect) a response from them! Not that daycare workers are being deliberately thoughtless--they simply don't have the time. Another thing that is considered to be preparation for schooling is a child learning to respond to their own name. You know yourself that there is a huge difference our response based upon the tone of voice that we hear. When your toddler is learning to respond to their own name spoken in a pleasant tone by someone who loves them--it's going to be a very different response than it would be when spoken by someone who is paid to watch them and keep them in line. So, first learning to respond to you will help them immensely in learning how to respond later on to other authority figures. I homeschooled my two for 13 years--they are grown now and have graduated from college. I would not trade those years of homeschooling for any amount of money.