After having our third bambina, Alifair,
This past September our son, Jackson, was due to start kindergarten and I was so excited, I think more than him. I was looking forward to picking out school clothes, lunchboxes and supplies. I was even looking forward to the first day when I would walk him into class, sobbing of course. But nevertheless I was looking forward to experiencing that with him and was looking even more forward for him to experience school. However, that day never came. Well not technically anyways. My husband and I decided a few months prior to the start of the school year that homeschooling sounded great. We have extended family that have home schooled for 20 years and I knew with their help and support it might just be a possibility. We jumped into it head first. We spent the summer setting up a "school room". I purchased loads of materials. Art supplies, posters, flash cards, workbooks, if it was school related I bought it. We are now half way into the school year and I would recommend not doing that. Pick up some art supplies? Yes. All the rest? No. I don't use it. I would suggest getting a feel for the way your family and children will do school. Will you the sit at a desk? Kitchen table? On the floor? In a hiding spot? Who knows. Learn their learning style before you set up the room. Homeschool fact #1.
As far as our at home "teaching" goes. We take it day by day. With three kids it's hard to really get much "learning time". With it being kindergarten it's mostly "play learning", if you will. We paint, do projects, read a ton of cool books. We go exploring, learn the bible. We use the computers and our tablet for fun educational apps. My son also gets some structured time with worksheets and story writing. It works for us, at least for now. I started out the school year with a more structured approach but with a newborn and a crazy three year old running around structure flew out the window, the first day. Now, we just go with the flow. I know it will be different each year but for now we are having fun. We don't have to worry about getting up early and getting ready for school. I don't have to worry about school clothes, lunches, and paperwork. I just get to spend time with my kids, the ones that God gave me. For that, I feel extremely blessed.
If you are not familiar with homeschooling and the way it works...well no worries, I'm not either. I don't know all the ins and outs of teaching my kids everything their "suppose" to be learning. I have learned a lot about home educating in the past six months but it's only the beginning. I have no idea about all the laws, regulations, and testing parts of it. I don't know curriculum, programs, and what all the acronyms stand for.
I got my teaching degree and always pictured my self teaching a whole classroom of kids. I never imagined I would be teaching my own children. Ya, know? Teaching them...like a real teacher. Although I came into homeschooling with a bit of reserve I find it very rewarding.
Anyone out there homeschool? Just starting out? Almost done? Anyone teaching kindergarten?