As a mother of a nearly-4-year-old, I am constantly getting questioned about what I am planning to do for school for him. Now, I know that it’s still a bit early for everyone to be so concerned (and really, why is it everyone so interested anyway?) but with the beginning of the school year looming closer and closer for many, it seems that I get this question from friends, family and even strangers at the grocery store!
And my answer to them all is..
The responses I get are mostly that I am crazy; insane for wanting to take on this outrageous task all by myself.
I really want to know; is schooling at home really so crazy??
I know so many, including both my sisters-in-law, that homeschool their kids and they are pretty dang normal! Why is it such a huge deal to people that I plan to school at home?
My main reason for wanting to teach my children at home is because I believe I can give them an education fit for their unique, individual needs. In public schools and many private schools, ratios are stretched and each child is not given the direct attention that they need. (Now, please do not take offense! I am absolutely not saying anything bad about those that send their children to schools like these; I am purely stating my own personal reasons for choosing homeschooling for my kids.) I am excited to give each of my children the focused education that they need while also spending invaluable time with them, watching them grow and learn every day, through each discovery. I have always wanted to be a teacher and now I get to be, with the best possible students!
This Fall, in just a few very short weeks (exact date tbd), I will begin my homeschooling adventures with my first-born. Cohen is just as excited as I am and cannot wait for us to start school together! I love that he is so anxious to learn and I look forward to the time that I will get to spend with him, helping him begin his journey through learning.
I know that he is still young so we are not going to be doing a lot of schooling but we are going to start with phonics/pre-reading skills. I will be using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. This book includes short, 10-15 minute lessons that teach all the necessary skills and foundations for reading. I will be honest; I am a bit nervous about homeschooling but I think that this book will be a great introduction to both Cohen and myself!
I also plan to continue through the Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum that I reviewed about a year ago. We went through most of it but he loved it so much that I want to do this along side our reading ‘work’. I think it will be more helpful now anyway, to go back through the letters and also bring some fun activities into the mix!
Overall, I am confident in my decision to start homeschooling.. I think that regardless of what people think, for right now, schooling my little ones at home is what is best for us (it might change in the future; who knows..)! We will just have to wait and see how it goes!