I’ll admit. I haven’t really figured out a great way to approach this sort of topic. But I’ve inevitably concluded that I’ll be talked about regardless.
Yes I’m homeschooling my preschooler. This statement is frequently scowled upon among the “seasoned homeschool” moms. Because my co-ops may look like play dates and my curriculum is scheduled for the most part, around play.
My kid hero was approaching the first day of first grade in our new place. We recently moved to the country where corn grows tall, Manure in the street is common, and the smell of fresh manure pits fill my nostrils and give the scent of fresh country air. Oh and for a city girl like me? The closest store is almost 3 miles away. Needless to say I have been feeling a bit out of my league.
So anyway, my youngest, hulk smash, watched his older brother get on the big yellow school bus and he didn’t know what to do. He was eager to hear how his big brother learned about new things and collected new friends everyday.
He wanted to go to school. So I being the super fantastic mom-woman I am, created “mommy’s-preschool” for him; Not just to give him something to do but to actually teach him something. I made a schedule, compiled a curriculum from different resources and planned our days accordingly and dig this! He actually asks for it everyday. It gives him the feel that he’s learning too-Just like big brother. And he is!
But something about it to other homeschool moms is tacky, improper and just plain insignificant. And sometimes I feel like giving up. The comments make me angry and sometimes hurt my feelings but I hold on to this:
- God called me as a mother to teach my child, train my child and point my child to Jesus. So there is nothing wrong with me teaching my child the basic skills they need to know. Whether it be early age 2 or at preschool age 3.Preschool is just as important as first grade or twelfth grade.
- I am preparing my preschooler for grade school and giving him the best learning experience by being his teacher.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
My advice to new homeschool preschool moms is this: persevere through the hard days and stay consistent. Your child needs that.
Sometimes my hulk smash doesn’t want to do anything preschool but I try to engage him. And sometimes he wants to just play, so I figure out how to make that a learning experience. And sometimes we just go play.
I try to treat the day as a regular school day. So we during school hours, we do school and after school hours we do other things.
I’m trying to encourage my preschooler to work on different things. I plan to insert a number book concept, much like our homemade alphabet book, later in the year. We have currently gone through a month and a half of school. We have done the letter’s G,S,P,Z and now we are on O.
We start everyday with devotion. My belief is that if I need Jesus and the bible to keep me during the day, so does he.
We started off slow and steady and I was careful to introduce him to new concepts. Our weeks have evolved greatly! I figured out how he learns and what he needs to work more on.
Each week we do early math, phonics and reading, writing practice, science, art, and music.
Here are just some samples of our curriculum activities.
Phonics and Letter recognition-
Letter of the week: G is for green, green leaves.
Letter writing practice and picture find; things that start with the letter S
ABC bag via theunlikelyhomeschool
letter writing practice again
Math and cognitive learning-
Marshmallow counting….and eating
“Hotwheels” color sort
More writing practice: Salt tray writing that turned into hotwheel mania. lol
And can’t forget Lunch!
Homeschool is a big deal for anyone. The hardships and growing that come with it are essential. What I want you mama’s to understand most is that, if God laid this awesome burden on your heart and if he led you to this road then he will give the tools to stand your ground. Strap up! The journey is long and challenging, but so worth that “I taught them that!” moment.
Have any resources you’d like to add? Great activities to share? Comment below!!