Hey, I just wanted to check in and say I have really officially started preschool homschool with DD (3yo-- 3.5 in two weeks; she's very excited
). She adores that we're homeschooling; right now she can't get enough of it. I'm just sort of figuring out what works for us. Right now I'm trying themes for each week; we started with Autumn last week, and this week will be the five senses (which, when she heard, she started demanding right away... eager beaver). It's been fun thinking of activities to do in each theme, reading stories, making a book, crafts, songs, math, etc. I'm waiting on a few new (well, used) Italian books and craft/art books, which I hope will add a lot to our fun. DD is good about insisting on what she wants, like doing math and science, or reading books for a while, or whatever. She's having fun, I think, figuring out what makes for "good homeschooling" like I tell her playing is important, and other fun stuff we do anyway. It's been good so far, forcing me to find interesting things for us to do-- I've been just sort of floating along, taking advantage of how much she'll just play (I've had terrible sciatica and am getting close to full term with this baby) but making myself be organized helps me get off my butt and find fun age appropriate activities to do, new books to read, new stories to learn together, all good stuff I want to be doing. DD has always been into academic stuff and learning, so it's interesting to balance that with my instinct for just play based fun at this age. But anyway, it helps me be patient with having her help with stuff around the house, instead of just trying to get it done, and I have found if I just jump into something, she's happy to watch, if she can't join, and she sees this as learning, too. Cool
Anyway, I figure I'll be checking in more regularly now that it's official. DD's enthusiasm with all this has been endearing. I do wonder if she'll get sick of it, but we're really just mixing the fun with our other fun of play and library and park, and I think she's sincerely into it.