Carter and I have been doing a little homeschooling. I think I've mentioned before, but since he's a summer baby, and a boy, we decided not to do kindergarten this year. So, in order for me to see if I could handle things in terms of homeschooling, and to work with him a bit on a daily (sometimes not daily) basis, we decided to do a couple of things.
First we're going through the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. That's always our first priority when we sit down for a little school. If he's still aching to do other things after that first 15-20 minutes (which includes a bit of writing), we do one of these things...
Maybe we do a little project via Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven which I love! It's just such a sweet little book, and it helps us focus on a Saint and virtue each week if nothing else. We've done a bit of cutting, some baking, gluing here and there and some math...all very simple yet fun things.
Some days, we just read through one of these books: Farm Anatomy or Nature Anatomy. These came recommended by Jenna, and I cannot tell you how cool they are and how much Carter loves them. I think these pictures may give you a clue where his heart lies. After looking at a spread on different kinds of lizards in one of the books, he happened upon this little guy outside...
With the attempt at homeschooling, I'm my own worst critic. I wonder if I'm doing enough. I wonder if I'm doing it the "right" way or if I'm a very capable teacher. Because in this short amount of time, I've realized I'm fairly demanding...and I need to learn to be a bit more relaxed. I also really just want what's best (in every area) for these little ones, so I'm trying. I really think having a planned curriculum (rather than one I'm just piecing together) will help next year.
I think the most difficult part thus far (and we're not even really doing kindergarten) is knowing what kindergarten kids are doing in formal settings. I don't want to hold my kids back, but then I read articles like this one and am so thankful these little guys have the chance to relish in their childhood for a bit longer.
I think the key for us will be to find balance. We are so blessed by where we live and our livelihood, and I know there's more education in that than I can even imagine. It's just harnessing it and using it to our advantage. And, it's letting these little ones continue to be just that.
So, I've got some learning to do...and some chilling, I guess you'd say. But, we're getting there.