We did it! We survived our first week of homeschooling.
Can I tell you a secret? We loved it.
As a quick update here are 5 lessons we learned
We really like being together. I’m a recovering type A control freak and the thought of homeschooling has always overwhelmed me. Turns out my time around Lakewood Montessori and tons of prayers has eased that a little. Our girls also really enjoy learning together.
Not having a printer makes us much more creative. Never have I been more aware of my dependence on that machine than I was last week. Every time I came across something useful it was thwarted by the last of printer. Not thwarted but the effort was greatly increased. Such a writing out the poem we were memorizing 2x for the craft.
Poems and songs all the way. I have a treasure trove of Maranatha Kids and other traditional songs saved in my heart because I sang them as a child and I plan to burn those in the girls minds as well. Everyone needs to know Father Abraham, right? We also started memorizing poetry because it is food for the soul
- ABC Mouse is picking up where I would have previously used print materials and tactile objects. While I’m not a fan of children learning from screens at this age our current situation (nomadic living and lack of printer) have caused me to add this to our daily activity. Each girl is working through their own learning path. I use the time they are on the laptop to clean their room. Keeps me within arms reach of the screen at all times.
Field Trips are vital. Early on I caught myself buying into traditional models that say we have to do x amount of “school work” before fun. No way. Interacting with the world counts. I keep a journal of what we do everyday to account for educational experiences like learning out to navigate the ferry system and visiting museums.
All of this is so very new to me. I’m just proud to say we made it through week 1 and I still think homeschooling is a great option for us this year!!!!!
For those wondering why we started so early – we will be traveling again in September and I plan to ease up on what is expected of the girls and myself then.