OK, I have a confession. And I really don't mean to sound snooty when I say this, but homeschooling looks so much harder than it is. Sometimes I actually feel like I'm cheating or something. I mean, when you look at the pictures below it looks like I'm some crazy super-mom but in all reality, after the hours of preparation before the school year starts and despite some planning/prep each week, it doesn't take that much time. I block out about 1 1/2 hours each day (split between the morning and afternoon) but I find that we can bust through math, reading and handwriting in about 45 minutes. The other time is left for a fun little art project, play dough/block time, reading, or just playing.
Being a teacher, one would think I have an advantage at this schooling stuff, but actually I have had to let go of a lot of the "teacher" in me in order to make school-at-home fun and successful. We do calendar time, but other than that our lessons are integrated into our normal day. After a math lesson, the kids will go play in the sandbox. During lunch we'll do some reading practice. Science is built in to hot-wheel time. Art is sandwiched between nursing a baby and snack-time. And social skills are being formed all throughout the day as Avila and Max learn to play and love one another throughout it all.
I know it'll get more intense as the kids get older, but for now, it works. We had a crazy illness pop up at the end of our first week and, because life is simple, we were able to adjust and move some school-things around and not lose ground. I feel God so present in this endeavor and I love seeing the kids soak up all the stimulation and extra one-on-one time with me.
BUT, I'm still telling you I miss those cute uniforms. I just may break down and buy some......
Reading curriculum: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Bob Books.
Math Curriculum: Singapore Math
Handwriting Curriculum: Handwriting Without Tears
Religious Formation: Liturical Year Activities (I put this together), Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, frequenting Mass and Adoration whenever we can in addition to Sundays.
Science: experiments found online and in different science workbooks
Social Studies: A theme each week with corresponding art/coloring/activities
Other: Piano Lessons, Ballet
From fighting over tracks to being human tunnels and playing together all afternoon.
Overheard: "Max, you are my best friend."
Avila is a drawing fool. These were collected over a two day time frame. And every detail has some crazy meaning. If I ever want to know what's in her head or why she's grumpy, I just look at these.
Our Morning Offering, framed. For the project click here.
Need to do handwriting at the kitchen table but it's too high for a kid to reach?
Highchair. Problem solved.
Avila playing teacher.
At the end of the day, this is what it's all about.