Homeschooling…..Can I Do It??!!

by Kathy Sykes on January 5, 2010 · 3 comments

 

Those who have been following my blog regularly know that I have been debating the “next step” of education for my 2 year old son. While some say, “He is only two, don’t stress over it”!, I am a firm believer in starting and exposing children early to learning and critical thinking.  Critical thinking is the key to overall educational success because if you cannot think through a problem and be able to decipher the right decision, children become frustrated and begin to think that learning is HARD!!!

Preschool doesn’t officially start until 4 years old, but that is not the time to begin a structured learning environment for children. It is really too late. From my previous post about exploring and interviewing with the local Montessori School, they believe that a structured learning path that is built upon, beginning at toddler age, is the best approach to learning. That is why beginning January 4th, Thomas will be home-schooled two days a week and go to his regular daycare three days a week for socialization. 

Over the past six to eight months, I have been researching, printing, and ordering homeschooling material like a mad woman. We are using materials from PBS Parents and utilizing Leapfrog learning products to assist us in this endeavor. I also bought Montessori-type (Melissa and Doug) educational supplies to supplement his other learning materials. Over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we set up a preschool area in our home so that Thomas can differentiate between school time and play time.

The curriculum we will be using will include: math, reading, art/crafts, music, geography, practical life skills, science and bible lessons. I plan to do quite a few local outings to help supplement what we study at home and reinforce his learning. And of course, the internet will play a huge role in the learning process. In 2010, I also plan to travel A LOT with the family. I sacrificed our travel the year of my pregnancy and the two years since just because I didn’t want to travel with an infant, but I am ready to get back on the road and teach my son about America and abroad. What a great way to learn!!!

As with all children, from birth to 5 years old is the time period where kids can learn at an exponential rate and this is the perfect time to get him acquainted with learning and make learning FUN! Since we are only homeschooling two days per week (which is only what my work schedule will allow at this time), this will be my experiment to see if this is something I want to continue to do but on a more permanent basis.

If you are currently homeschooling, what are some of your tips for me? If you know of anyone taking on this task, send them my way!

I believe that 2010 is going to be a productive year for me both personally and professionally and I trust God to bless me and my family with our desires.

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Mary Fitzgerald January 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I think that it’s great that you are seeking material to teach your child at a young age. Have you thought about researching Montessori material? Many of the lessons, games, and materials the children use help to stimulate development.

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Sandra (Hicksgirl93) January 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

It sounds like you have a great plan already. Very
impressive! This is my 2nd homeschooling yr with my children. Our first yr was very fulfilling, however the 2nd yr is not as good. I dealt with various health issues and so that put it at a snails pace for us. The most advice I can give to you right now is to just try to stay consistant. Remember that you will not have a perfect homeschooling Day every day. also be ready to go with the flow, the curriculum you use today may not be what is best for your child. be prepared to change it to fit his needs. I wish you the best!

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Sandra (Hicksgirl93) January 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

wow! It seems like you have it all together. This is my 2nd yr of homeschooling, the first yr ws much more fulfilling than the 2nd yr seems to be. My 2nd yr ws plagued with some health issues that seemed to have slowed us down some. However, i try to stay consistant. As you begin your journey, that is what I encourage you to do. Be consistant, and prepared for change. What curricullum works for your son today may not work for him later. go with the flow and remember to have fun with IT. i wish you the very best

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