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What a busy couple of weeks it has been. Today we’re starting our third week of homeschool preschool. Crazy! I’m slowly getting used to the new hat I’m wearing: preschool teacher.
Overall it’s going pretty well, but I’m learning very quickly that it’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.
I think the problem is that I didn’t have very realistic expectations going into it. I mistakenly thought it would be about 20 minutes per day of coloring, singing, and reading together. Turns out it’s a bit more involved than that–but in a good way.
The curriculum is awesome. I can easily tweak it to meet our 3 days per week schedule, instead of the 4 days it calls for. Our 3.5 year old LOVES it. He is so excited every morning to see what we’ll be doing in preschool that day. His little brother (2 yrs) isn’t quite ready for the learning part of it, but he sure loves the songs!
We’re playing with play dough, going on treasure hunts, reading books, learning new games and songs, making crafts, eating snacks in the shape of things we’re learning about, practicing new letters and sounds, practicing using scissors and glue, and so much more. It’s a lot of fun!
Am I closer to figuring out if homeschool is a good fit for our family?
Not quite. Some days are great–the kids are cooperative and engaged. I feel prepared and excited to lead us. Other days I can’t even manage to take a sip of my cold coffee, let alone have a nice and structured preschool time. But we’re only a couple of weeks in, so there is still lots of time.
Actually, this week I learned that we have a lot more time than I thought. I realized our oldest son is not eligible to participate in our city’s Pre-K program next year. It’s a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program offered to kids who will turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 2015. Our son will turn 5 on December 30, 2015. That means I will for sure have another year at home with him.
It would have been nice to have another option in case homeschool doesn’t go well, but at this point it looks like we’ll be spending another year doing school at home.
All this to say, I’m just taking it one week at a time.
My goals for the next several weeks are:
- To figure out how to incorporate additional learning activities (like Handwriting Without Tears and Hooked on Phonics) into our daily routine. Right now they’re on the back burner because it is all I can do to get through our preschool lesson for the day.
- To get more organized with our preschool supplies. I feel like they are growing by the day and I DO NOT have a system yet for staying organized (as evidenced below).
- To plan better. I want to have more planned (or at least thought about) than just the current week’s lessons.
So for this preschool update there is lots of room for improvement, but the main thing is that we are having fun, learning more than we were a few weeks ago, and spending intentional and quality time together. That’s success in my book.