My oldest is almost 4.5 years old (when did that happen?!?). For the sake of lazy typing, we shall call her M. Shortly after M was born, my husband (hereafter referred to as C) and I made a decision. We did not want to send our precious baby into the world of public education. Furthermore, we wanted more control over what was taught as well as the freedom to teach how our child (now children) learned best. To that end, we decided homeschooling was our best option. I know many of your are public school advocates, and that is what works for you and the vast majority of America. I will not try to sway you; I will not disparage your choices. I support your right to school in your chosen fashion and hope you can support mine in turn.
Before you ask, no M is not “in” preschool currently. She has never been “in” preschool, Mother’s Day Out, day care, or the like. M has always stayed home with myself and her siblings. She goes where we decide to go each day. We have playdates and trips to the zoo, children’s museum, bounce place, park, etc. She and our 2yo (L) are both enrolled swimming and Little Gym weekly. We do “School” at home. Until this year, we were pretty loose with her education. Using tools in her everyday world as well as printables and educational tools found online to expose her to the things a girl her age needed to know.
As we progessed in her education, I had that anxiety every new homeschool parent feels, am I teaching her enough? Am I teaching her the “right” things? So I decided to find something “boxed” and “ready to go” to guide me through Pre-K 4. We have been using the PK4 curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I found it to be a good start, but we would finish and entire weeks worth of lessons in one nap-time school session and still have 2 hours left over. I am not saying M is advanced, just that she is a voracious learner. Seriously, this kid begs me to “do school”. My daughter taught herself her ABCs, the sounds they make, etc before she turned 2. She has been able to count to 100 for almost as long. Anything “formal” I find (especially online) for pre-K4 bores her (and I) to tears, though she loves sitting down with mommy to do “school”. I started looking into kindergarten curricula for her a few months ago for next year. Being “secular” truly limits ours choices for ready-made curricula. I have to balance good academics with a lack of religious overtones. I found one I like… The Calvert School.
So sometime after the first of the year, we will officially begin our homeschool journey with the K curriculum from Calvert.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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