I'd like to begin official homeschooling with my 4 y.o. DS. Up until now, all DS has known is play all day. He does have a great attention span (he sat through DH reading all of the "Spiderwick Chronicles" and one of the "Beyond the Spiderwick" books!), so I think now is a good time to start with some structured activities.
However, I'm struggling to find the right words. I don't want him to think that he will be forced in any way (he's one of those kids that will automatically resist if he feels he's being forced into doing something). I'm searching for ideas of what to say so that he will feel excited about starting homeschooling.
I'm planning on using Montessori activities, so they will most definitely be hands on and child led, but I would like to set aside time during the day for focused activities. I will most definitely ease into the routine, starting with just a couple of days per week, for however long he will tolerate (could be 15 minutes or 1 hour - doesn't matter much to me as long as he's getting into a routine).
I try to have a dialogue with him about how we plan to homeschool and that other kids do go to a school building, but that there are many ways to have "school". He seems to hear me, however, he has made comments about not going away to school "yet" because he's still little. Not sure if he understands what homeschool is, despite the fact that I talk about it on a regular basis.
I'm also in a bit of a conundrum because I'd like to start asap and not wait another 6 months until Sep. ("back to school" time seems so arbitrary to me anyway!)
If anyone has any fun phrases to use to get a preschool aged child excited about starting school at home or any other advice about talking about 'school time' (vs. playtime), I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks in advance :)