Last week Makenzie officially started "Pre-K!" We are homeschooling her this year and as of right now the plan is to continue to homeschool. 5 years ago I never would have thought that I'd be the homeschool mom. I have experience in public, private and homeschooling. I went to public elementary school, private junior high and was homeschooled for high school and I also worked in the public school system for 7 years both as an aide and a teacher. Through my college years, the hubby and I talked about how teaching was the perfect job because I could take our kids to work with me and have summers off. Slowly God changed our hearts, mine quicker than the hubby's, and God has totally prepared the way for me to stay home and brought people into my life that have helped inspire me to homeschool and have been there to bounce ideas off of.
So here we are, starting our first year of true, planned out homeschool. I really can't believe we're already here. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was posting about her birth?! My goodness...
I fully believe that Pre-K should be play based and full of lots of reading. We'll be doing a lot of that for sure but Makenzie keeps saying over and over that she wants to learn to read and write so we are using specific curriculum for those areas, along with math. Science, social studies, art, etc. will be play based. Then there is of course life skills which taught all day, this is my favorite part of homeschooling. Including Makenzie in household chores, making dinner, gardening and other household duties. She is such a good helper and I love watching her participate in duties around the house.
Our curriculum choices for the 2013-2014 school year are:
- All About Reading Pre-Reading
- Handwriting without Tears - Get Set for School Readiness & Writing (using Teacher's Manual & "My First School Book")
- Handwriting without Tears - Get Set for School Numbers & Math (using Teacher's Manual & "I Know My Numbers")
We will be doing a lot more activities, the above are just the set curricula we're using three days a week. Having an extra fussy infant and homeschooling has it's challenges but last week we were able to get all of our work in and had fun doing it, which at this point is most important to me. I'm hoping that I will be able to share our journey as we go along.