Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Purposeful Toddler Homeschooling

Homeschooling is fun! I didn't realize that it could bring such focus to my day, and make me bond with my children more. I see how much fun learning can be, and how excited my children are to learn new things. They are eager to learn and work on projects and such.

For the past year or so my "homeschooling" has basically consisted of me reading the children books, teaching when we go outside to play, and teaching things here and there, like teaching scriptures, a bit of Spanish, numbers, colors. All of it was done in a random way, and my children just kind of absorbed it, like how they both know The Lord's Prayer, from hearing me pray it. My son can recite the entire prayer, and my daughter can recite about half of it.




It is much more relaxed and fun that way. But, yesterday, I decided to be more focused with our school time. My son will be 3 and my daughter 2 in September, and suddenly I have been bombarded with people asking me is my son going to start Pre-K this year. Like everywhere I turn someone asks me when I'm going to start him with school. I haven't told anyone that I teach them at home, because it's not in a structured way, but they always comment on how smart they seem to be, and how much they know.

The past two days have been so much fun as I have focused more on incorporating "school" into our everyday routine. I have a block of time in the morning and in the afternonn strictly for school. They have been soooo excited to learn new things and work on skills. I am more intentional in teaching them things, and being creative with it as well. I feel a greater sense of purpose at home and with my children.

2 comments:

.ambre. @ We Are Of The Day said...

Thanks for sharing this! I am looking forward to starting a more structured form of learning with our three year old this fall. I am shooting for having a scheduled time starting September 1st. Right now I'm just getting the house under control so i am free to do so! Pray for me! Your words really were encouragement I needed to hear. Thank you!
.ambre.

couturiermommy said...

I know this is an old post but i just found you blog today at the raising homemakers link up I wanted to share with you an old post of mine.
http://www.couturiermommy.com/2011/02/no-they-dont-go.html

I am really enjoying you blog

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