When SuperBoy was 3, and we had 3 kids under four, I remember saying to my husband, “Oh, why would I ever send him away to school? I will homeschool him forever.” I also wanted to buy every book about Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Classical education, and Waldorf. Just to cover all my bases.
Fast-forward to having read a ton, and experienced the real live experience of having a kindergarten aged boy who loves to learn and loves to sass and loves to explore. I’ve adjusted my expectations to survive and read and math and a little of this & that and we’re good. He also gets to play at a local nature center a few afternoons a week–so the outdoorsy thing (not my cuppa tea) is covered. We spend about one hour a day doing a reading lesson, a chapter or two of math, and some handwriting. The other subjects flow during the week and when the little kids are sleeping.
Our “curriculum” or what we’ve been doing the last year.
7) For handwriting, we copy out sentences or do dictation on this paper.
He’s a bright and eager learner, so he’d lock himself in a room with workbooks and Jim Weiss audiobooks for hours and never need or want any interference (if I let him). Somedays we do more, somedays we do nothing. It depends on L I F E, right? But . . .
Key to my sanity has been keeping somewhat of a grip on our books!
We have this big ole house and so many bookcases. It took me about 4 chai tea lattes last year to get through all our books and allocated spots for them. The kids books are in the upstairs hallway across from their bedrooms.
Some are in the kitchen where we can curl up on “Cosy Couch” to read. A handful are in the newly furbished basement playroom (also laundry room! Let me tell you how awesome it is to do laundry and they can’t kill themselves whilst I do!).
ahem. after I did a book rotation.
But my pride & joy is this little tiny spot in our kitchen. SuperBoy finally has all his books that we reach for daily to school in one spot.
My sweet girlfriend Blythe just wrote about her transitioning from homeschool to conventional school. I loved hearing her insights. It helped me assuage my nickel-sized amount of guilt that we plan on sending SuperBoy to 1st grade at a wonderful local Catholic school.
Yes, with us at home, he would continue to grow and learn and I’d LOVE to keep him home forever. But I’m stretching to keep up with him while still tending the younger two. Pluses and minuses to everything, right? Also on the horizon is that we’d love to add to our family at some point and I have to factor in 9 months of vomit in pregnancy. Workbooks & audio stories can only get you so far in life when mama is severely incapacitated and dada works long hours.
There’s the synopsis of our wannabe homeschooling life? Because you were sooooooo dying to know. Or not.