We all want the same thing – the best for our family…but how to define “the best” is a little more difficult to determine. An elite private school surrounded by privileged peers and endless resources? Perhaps public schools, which in our area are highly rated and provide more exposure to diversity and “the real world” plus are, you know, free? Or homeschooling which provides the opportunity for you to spend more time with your kids and take full responsibility for their fostering their curiosity, knowledge, and values, but also means that, oh no, you have to spend more time with your kids and take full responsibility for fostering their curiosity, knowledge, and values!?
The bad news is that there is no right choice, but the good news is that there is no wrong choice. Each option has opportunities, pitfalls, and seemingly endless tradeoffs. But for us, home schooling was worth a try – why not?
Fast forward 2 months and we are regularly following our curriculum, it seems like we are getting into the swing of things. So far it has been a great experience, and my son says he loves it, which is so awesome to hear. Today was a great homeschool day, you know, one of those days where nothing goes wrong and everything just seamlessly flows together (a very rare occurrence I might add).
We are using Mother Goose Time curriculum, and each month has a different theme. This month, the theme is Down on the Farm, which is perfect for us since we are surrounded by farms in the midst of harvesting season. Today in particular, we were talking about cows and the letter ‘C’. I tend to change our schedule around each day depending on everyones mood and energy level. Today we started with our arts and craft project and made cow masks. I let my 4-year-old work independently and he did a great job!
I have been involving the baby in the daily craft project over the past 2 weeks, now that he is 17 months and is showing interest, and he did well as well, although he required a little more help. In the end he preferred our dress up mask to the one he made.
After craft we played in our letter ‘C’ sensory bin. We used cornmeal and small cow manipulatives (which are included in the curriculum pack we get each month). I also put a laminated letter ‘C’ card underneath the cornmeal, which my son used to trace the letter ‘C’ with while he played with the cows. We emphasized all the things in the bin that started with ‘C’ and also worked on our sorting, separating the manipulative by shape and color. My son loves the sensory bins, and I love that the curriculum we use gives suggestions about what to use in the sensory bins each month.
We took a break from school briefly, because my son, was dying to make donuts. WE had even made a special trip to the grocery store that morning to pick up all the ingredients, so we got to work. The end product was amazing and my son even pointed out that once you took a bite out of the donut, it made a letter ‘C’.
We finished the day with our journal work, and practiced writing and stamping the letter ‘C’.