I tried homeschooling my 4 & 5 year olds. My daughter is a strong-willed little girl who stands up against authority figures. I don't feel called to home school this year mostly because last year went so badly and in the middle of the year I just stopped doing school by the book and focused more on my health goals. I registered them both for school. They will spend 45 mins each way on the bus. That means my boy in 1/2 day Kindergarten will be in school about the same amount of time on the bus. I can't help but feel a little guilt about not wanting to do it. I did a co-op for 4 months and hated it. I also have now a 2 year old who wants all of my attention which was very challenging when trying to teach as well. Any words of wisdom? I actually think others can teach my children the basics better than I can. I bring God into every aspect of our lives - but I don't feel cut out to homeschool my kids. Thanks for any thoughts.
~ Feeling Guilty
I'd have to agree with the other comments. If you take a look at some preschool and kindergarten books they are teaching things like over and under, above below.... first, second, third. All of these things can be learned by just playing and living with your little ones.
Lee, this is such good advice. People are always shocked when I say that I only spend around 15-30 minutes teaching my preschooler, and around 45 minutes teaching kindergarten. This has been more than enough to teach my children everything they need to know at those ages. And because we aren't doing too much, they look forward to doing more in later years.
Lee, this is really good advice. Yes, those very young years are so preciously simple. I had a friend tell me that kindergartners only need to count to 10 (maybe 20 now!), sing the alphabet, and know their colors. Anything else is just extra. That helped me so much. There is so much time for all the heavy academics...don't let the curriculum makers fool you. Little ones learn through you reading to them, playing, exploring, imitating and being with a loving parent.
Sometime I feel so overwhelmed but then I take some time to think about what drew me to homeschooling in the first place. Each day I relax just a little more. This is only our second year but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Just remember to have fun and breathe.
I think Lee is right. Feeling guilty, I think you are expecting to do way too much with your little ones in the way of learning. Let them just be home with you living life! Bake cookies, go for a walk and pick up fall leaves, play in the snow, play a board game, build a tower, look up bugs in a book. It's all so natural to a kid that age. And read to them. I liked Five In a Row, because you read a book to them 5 days in a row, and after each day's reading you do a small project associated with that book. It's extremely user friendly and created some awesome memories for us.
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