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We started homeschooling (preschool) by accident.
I was working full-time and I had some major mom guilt. Partially because I felt like I was missing out on his preschool years and partially because we had some pretty big learning gaps & unfavorable behaviors that I was worried about. I knew they were a terrible combination that would just make modern Kindergarten that much harder!
So I did what any worried & determined mom would do. We started doing simple activities at home after work and on weekends. Fast forward 2 years and we were officially homeschooling preschool. Never in a million years would I have guessed homeschooling would be a part of my parenting journey but here we are! Now my son is in first grade and we will be homeschooling fo the year.
My son and I are polar opposites. I am a (recovering) type A school teacher & he is a care-free 6 year old boy who is not interested in doing things someone else’s way. It took us almost 2 years of trial & error to get our homeschool rhythm down. I am saying this to encourage you to embrace this year knowing changes will need to be made and finding your best fit may take some time. Be patient with yourself, your kids, your partner and trust the process.
I went with what I knew and started with a school-at-home model. I planned out a year in advance so I knew where we would be by the end of the year (theoretically). Super proud of my wicked organization and excited to be spending more time with my little guy we dove in!
Our school at home model failed miserably… sigh… and I took some time to “un-school” or deschool myself. That proved to be the best use of my broken ego.
Everyone is in a less than ideal circumstances this year for schooling. Kids who are publicly schooled will not get as much face-to-face teaching time- if at all. Homeschoolers will have to make modifications for closed libraries (It’s time to beef up your home library… check out my booklists), and county restrictions on social gatherings for homeschool play & learn groups, etc. Everyone is missing out of field trips & proper socialization. (Non Homeschoolers- contrary to popular belief homeschoolers are very well socialized. We have homeschool groups that we get together with regularly. Please don’t mistake Covid school-at-home for regular “homeschooling”. )
You don’t have to school your children at home one specific way, you do have to find what works for you! That’s what makes it hard & amazing all at the same time.
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