My husband and I have always wanted to homeschool our children. Even though I was eager to begin I knew that I didn’t want to start too early. I wanted to enjoy this time of just having small children because my kids are only going to get older. I knew it would probably be a while before I wasn’t homeschooling so I didn’t want to rush into it.
As excited as I am to homeschool, I’m committed to taking things slowly so that I don’t feel overwhelmed.
In this post, I want to share with you how I’m preparing myself and my kids for homeschool. So if you are thinking of homeschooling then I encourage you to take note or save this post because I truly believe this will help you in your own journey.
1) Make the idea of homeschool exciting!
Right when our four-year-old started to become interested in school, we have communicated with her that she will go to school at home. The thought of riding a school bus seemed so exciting to her but my husband and I reminded her of all of the fun things we could do if she went to school at home.
At an early age, explain to your kids that some children go to school. For example, we explained to Charlotte that kids in school have to stay their all day and rarely get to leave. When she goes to school at home, she will have the opportunity to do things differently. By making her aware of this, she seemed to be more into the idea of staying home. Family time is important to us and we look forward to taking field trips, spontaneous trips to the park for a picnic, and visiting family during the school year.
2) Teach them to get up and get ready on their own.
For our kids, we use the Accountable Kids system to encourage our children to get ready for each day on their own. By teaching your kids at an early age to have a morning routine, it’s less stress on mom. If you have little ones, then you know how overwhelming it can be to get everyone ready for the day. It can be tempting to let them hang out in their pajamas all day or forget to brush their teeth. But it’s important that they learn basic hygiene at an early age.
If they get into the habit of doing this each morning, then they will continue to do it. It’s as simple as that.
3) Make a habit of doing “school” every day.
Pick a time of day that works best for you and take about 15-20 mins to work on “school”. In the past, we have used Montessori-inspired activities to teach our children. We began doing this around age 2. School at this age can include puzzles, art projects, reading books, counting, life skills etc.
Now that my girls are 3 and 4, our school time has changed. I have a folder for each child and I print out 3-4 pages from a workbook for us to work on together every morning. Once I clean the table from breakfast and lay the baby down for a nap, we begin. My three-year-old does more simple worksheets that don’t need as much direction and my four-year-old does Kindergarten/1st grade level worksheets with my help.
Right now, we mainly use the Rod and Staff Curriculum and I highly recommend it for preschool/Kindergarten age children.
Here are some other workbooks that we use:
*Addition workbook (from Dollar Tree) and interlocking cubes
4) Train them to sit still.
Self-control is something that we try to teach our children as early as possible. It’s such an important character trait for them to learn. Whether in public or at home, sometimes kids need to be still. Now, I’m not saying that I’m constantly demanding that my children never run around. Of course, I realize that they are kids and they have a lot of energy.
But I do think that if you are going to homeschool then teaching them to be calm and still is important. Some ways that we have taught our kids this, is by having family Bible time, eating meals together at the table, bedtime stories, etc.
I hope that this helps you as you prepare to homeschool your child.
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