How do you homeschool?
I’ve been doing a lot of rereading about homeschooling and this year is going to be a lot different then last year. Last year was Kindergarten for Alice – we did worksheets sometimes, crafts, played, cooked, measured stuff, talked a lot. It was fun and didn’t feel like school, at least not like the whole sit at a desk and ‘do school’ for three hours a day kind of school.
I filled out our homeschool association paperwork last week and I realize what we need to work on now. Our last year was very go with the flow, more unschooling then anything, and juggling working with Alice and entertaining Jake was a test. This year we decided not to school Jake – I suppose if we were in WA still he would attend the same preschool that Alice did. He’s a very smart kid – people are always amazed that he is so young and talks so well. We didn’t really notice how advanced he was until gymnastics and being around other kids the same age. Right now he’s working on spelling words, all on his own. We probably will end up working with him a little but not at the same level we will with Alice.
I’m going to work on doing lesson plans two weeks in advance. We are starting in a couple of weeks so we can take time off when the baby gets here (nevermind what will happen if we have to move during the school years!) so hopefully I can keep up the planning. I have no idea how things will be once the baby is here – entertaining Jake is one thing, but having him and a newborn will be a test of sorts.
We are also going to work with our neighbors in a few different ways – we are going to do a reading group together as well as possibly outside activities and outside lessons. We may do some science lessons together too, Alice and their youngest daughter are roughly the same grade. We just talked about doing various lessons, but haven’t planned anything out.
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