Did you catch my mini revelation in yesterday’s announcement?
I’m homeschooling my children.
Joe and I came to this agreement a year or so ago, but we were mum about the decision out of respect for my (now former) employer.
How We Have Been Doing Homeschool Preschool
In the fall, I wrote a guest post for Amy at Raising Arrows about how I was doing homeschool preschool with Grace. As the year (and my pregnancy) progressed, our plans changed out of necessity.
At first, I thought we needed curricula. We started with
- Hooked on Phonics Pre-K through Grade 2
- Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K Starter Set
- Leap FrogÃ¢â‚¬™s DVDs Ã¢â‚¬“ Letter Factory, Word Factory, and Adventure to the Moon
- Kumon workbooks Ã¢â‚¬“ My First Book of Cutting, My First Book of Tracing, and My First Book of Coloring
- Before Five in a Row
- Expedition Earth and Discovering GodÃ¢â‚¬™s Animals
By November, we had completely given up on Hooked on Phonics. During the third lesson, Grace announced, This is dumb and I don’t want to do it anymore! Though I tried to pick it up a few more times, she said a version of the same thing each time.
Something similar happened with Before Five in a Row.
Expedition Earth and Discovering God’s Animals were a little too old for her. We’ll come back to them next year, I think.
The DVDs and workbooks were always a big hit. She went back to both frequently and finished the books by Christmas.
Somewhere along the way, I realized that I don’t need a pre-written curriculum. I can piece this together and do a really good job of it.
Just before Allie was born, I changed things up. Grace wanted to have school time at home, so I set up a weather board, a calendar, and a letter of the week board. We sang songs and looked out the window each morning.
We started out doing one letter a week, but that quickly slowed to one letter every few weeks.
We still do school only when Grace wants to, and I never push.
She has always refused to do anything that resembles writing practice or spelling or sounding out words, preferring that I read to her or write for her.
My Homeschool Conundrum
Grace never writes. She reads and enjoys reading, but she only does it when she wants to.
So imagine my surprise when she sat down and wrote today. First, she asked me what G-B-R spelled. I told her that it was not a word.
She was excited to tell me that she’d drawn a heart.
She asked how to spell girl, so I spelled it.
She asked how to spell Dad and Allie and Momma, so I spelled each one.
And then she showed me the whole thing.
WHAT?!? I thought to myself.
I guess we’re done with the preschool activities.
So here’s my conundrum.
What comes next? Should I keep doing the letter of the week stuff we’ve been doing or should we move on to something else? What?
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