Another school year has began within the last few weeks, and thus I’m late in writing this post, but better late than never I always say. Today, I’d like to show you how we are starting to homeschool our kids. Interested? Keep on reading.
My husband and I have been considering homeschooling our children. I’ve researched the topic, through our state homeschooling laws and through other bloggers that already homeschool. I’ve read about all the homeschooling styles, the example curriculums, themes, crafts, and many other things other homeschoolers do. But I still don’t feel ready to start. I’m afraid of messing up, of not doing it correctly, but I still believe that this is the best option for our family. So I’ve decided that we should just start, ready or not. I’m hoping that we’ll learn what works best for us along the way.
Lucky for me, my oldest daughter is not 4 years old yet so I still have some time to officially register as a homeschooling household. Her birthday is in late September and, for our state, August 31st is the cut-off date for children starting a new school year. So according to this, my daughter wouldn’t be able to start pre-school until next year, when she’s almost 5 years old. And I’m okay with this but I feel like we need to start adding some structure to our days.
Kids learn something new everyday; they are like sponges, absorbing everything. I want to make sure that our little ones are learning the fundamentals. To accomplish this, we have been trying a few different things around the house, at different times during the day. And I’ve come to the conclusion that we can do our structure learning in one hour from 7am to 8am, shortly after the kids wake up. We’ve been trying this for the last few weeks and they seem more focused and ready to start learning at this time. So while daddy is preparing breakfast, I sit down with them and go over our “lessons” during this time.
I think that homeschooling should work for both the kids and the parents, and this is what works for us right now. After homeschool, we eat breakfast and I head over to work, where I have to be at 9am. My husband stays home with the kids, and together they do different activities throughout the day. Even though we have our lessons during the morning, the kids continue learning during the day by either taking field trips, doing crafts, playing with their toys, watching educational videos, or just being outside. But the rest of the day is not structure; it’s based on what my husband and the kids want to do.
Below is the schedule I came up with based on what pre-schoolers should be learning, and what I would like to teach my kids. Again, this is based on the fundamentals because this is what I want to focus on right now; they will learn other topics throughout the day. And this will probably change along the way but we are officially starting with this plan. I will write monthly posts with the materials we are using to learn these topics each week and hopefully give you an idea for your own homeschooling plans.
Download the plan here, for free! 1-Hour Preschool Homeschool Plan
As you can see, the plan has 4 different sections. The idea is to spend 15 minutes or so in each section. Since kids have such a short attention span, this should keep them entertained while learning at the same time. My daughter is almost 4 and my son will be 3 in December, so they have a little over a year difference and this shows on the things they know and are learning. This plan is mainly for my daughter, but my son likes to be involved so much that I will also get him started on these topics. Also, my daughter knows a lot of these already so I’m hoping this will help to reinforce what she knows and learns the missing pieces.
One of the things I do not have on the plan is for them to learn the days of the weeks, the months and time. And that’s left out intentionally from here because I have been working on a separate piece that will teach them those topics. I will be sure to share with you what I came up with on a future post.
We speak Spanish at home, and so far, we’ve only been teaching Spanish to the kids. They know some words in English already and are starting to understand it more, but this plan will help us introduce English to them. So we’ll be teaching them the lessons in Spanish and English at the same time so they can start their path to fluency in both languages.
Homeschool…You Can Do It Too!
If you have been thinking about homeschooling your own children, I encourage you to give it a try. I know it can be scary and overwhelming, but the rewards of homeschooling are great. Here are some of the reasons why I think homeschooling is best:
- You have the freedom to teach your children what you would like them to learn
- They don’t have to share one teacher with other 20 students, so they’ll get the attention they deserve
- You can deliver a plan based on your kids learning format, since not all children learn the same way
- You have more flexibility to do things outside of school, together with your children
- And the list goes on and on
There are many reasons why I would like to homeschool my children, and some are probably the same reasons you have. Now, more than ever, it’s easier to homeschool. There are many resources available, even full curriculums we can follow right from our homes. And there’s nothing stopping us from doing. We just have to get started and figure out what works for us and our families. We can do this!