I’m starting to slowly start the process of narrowing down how we are going to be doing A’s schooling. It’s a daunting task, not without it’s own set of challenges. But in a lot of ways, I’m pretty darn excited about it.
I guess we haven’t necessarily publicly come out and declared that, yes, we will be a homeschooling family. So there it is. In black and white. Say what you will. We have our reasons for it. Some based on bigger issues, some based purely on convenience.
We’re starting A in ‘preschool’ this year. Granted, the curriculum we have chosen to pursue at this point is geared more towards 3/4 yr olds. But, amongst some other deciding factors, we thought that starting a year earlier for her developmental delays would give us a head start of sorts. If we repeat preschool a few years in a row, it’s not the end of the world. Really, preschool is just a lot of reading stories and doing activities that go along with the story read for the day. But at least I will have a way to gauge what she is learning and what we should work on throughout the year. Who knows, maybe we will have a genius until this is all said and done and she will go to college at 14? Please, baby girl, don’t grow up THAT fast….
I’m learning that it’s a good idea to keep track of your school days. Some states require written proof that you homeschooled a certain amount of days of the year. It’s nothing formal, you can just take a calendar and cross off days that you actually sat down and did school. No big deal.
Except, that I’m planning a 4-day school week, all year round.
That in and of itself has a ton of perks. Nothing wrong with being able to randomly take off a week in the spring, just because you feel like it. Then too, over the winter we don’t have to worry about snow days. Because guess what? We’re already ‘in school’. Not to mention, we have a ‘free day’ each week that we can do whatever the heck we want!
Though legally I don’t have to report to the district that we are homeschooling until shortly before A turns 8, I’m still trying to get in the habit of planning our year out. That too, despite the burden of planning a year ahead, has its benefits. I can look ahead and plan her lessons around what were doing. We’re going to the beach in late September. Guess what we will be talking about the week before? THE BEACH! And I’m even thinking of throwing a few beach themed books in the packing list so that we can still (somewhat) do school when we’re on vacation.
That’s the beauty of homeschooling. It never stops. Even if you’re a full-time working parent, your children never stop learning. We can take any experience and teach off of it. And I think that’s what excites me the most. I can teach my own kids about the world, just by our regular everyday experiences.
School ‘officially’ starts in our household on August 3rd. More to come as we develop more definitive plans. And any tips or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!