I’ve felt a conviction for a while about possibly homeschooling our girls. Now, before I begin on this post… if you send your kids to public schools KOODOS to you! I have absolutely nothing against the public school system. I grew up in public schools and I turned out just fine. But in our personal situation, the Lord placed it on my heart to teach, grow and mold my children… to be a mom first and to teach them to walk and trust in the Lord. Part of that meant, raising them in Christ-centered environment and teaching them from home. We received a lot of criticism from some people, saying its important for children to be around other kids, learn to work together, play, etc. And while I agree, I believe its more important for my girls to know the Lord and seek after Him! My girls get lots of interaction with other children through church programs, Sunday school and play dates with other kids. We also know several other parents who homeschool and we have plans to do things with them throughout the week as well. Not to mention there are numerous resources, homeschool groups, etc that you can be apart of! I do not plan to “shelter” my girls from the world. In fact, quite the opposite. A big part in our decision to homeschool is that we want our girls to be a part of our ministry and be able to travel with us to Africa and other places when we do so. We wouldn’t have that flexibility in public schooling, as we will with homeschooling.
Now I cannot say that I will homeschool forever… but for now, this is where He has us. With that being said, we began Preschool K3 with Katherine Grace last week. Although I was a little hesitant and nervous about how it would go… I was pleasantly surprised! We’re only in week 2 of homeschooling, so its still new… but Katherine Grace has always loved learning new things and this is no different. She gets so excited each morning when we aim to begin at 7:30am. Generally we finish up by 9:30am. Obviously we have to be a little flexible because of Annalise and feedings and such.
I’ve done a lot of research, as homeschooling is completely new to us. And I’m sure it will be a learning experience as we go. But for now… here are some things were doing! Katherine Grace is really smart and catches on to things much quicker than I ever did. So much of this she already knows… but we are going through a lot and trying to challenge her along the way.
We start off each day by saying a little prayer. Then we take the time to choose place on our map and pray for the Nations. We’re also teaching the children to pray in our 3′s Sunday school class and this is something I’m doing with them also. So its also fun, and personal to do at home with Katherine Grace.
Then we start off with some easier things like visuals. She loves doing flash cards (so do I)… so some days depending on our focus, we might do numbers/counting, alphabet, visuals like same & different and shapes!
Then we try and work on some hands on type activity. Like lacing string through objects, cutting lines and shapes on these printables, etc. Btw… I will list several awesome sites for free printables, activity sheets, and even fun craft ideas below! So be sure to check those out!
Then we end the “curriculum” part of our preschool by doing a few pages in these work books! Believe it or not, I found these at WalMart. I found the one of the left several weeks ago by accident. I was grabbing markers, and such and ran across this book. Its packed FULL of pages for colors, shapes, counting, tracing, learning to write, etc. It really is a great resource and only $5 or $6! Then my mom found the other book and its just as great! She has fun doing them and has already learned soooo much!
Lastly we work on a craft. Color, cut out, glue, make something… you know the drill.
Resources! Ya’ll, there are SOOOOO many resources out there for moms and teachers. Even if you’re not homeschooling, some of these are great just for fun!
Totschooling.net is one of my favorites! That is where I found my printables, cut out sheets, etc! Tons of great resources here!
Ooops… gotta run… babies who need me! I’ll post more links and resources soon!….
Until then… Brantley