my daughter is almost 5. she is very very social. in fact, her teachers used the words "socially sophisticated" when describing her. i know she is also way ahead of her class in many of the basic skills they teach in her class. (it's a universal pre-k class. they emphasize social skills, independence and basic literacy)
and she LOVES AND ADORES going. it's 5 days a week, just in the morning. she is sad and bored when there is a break.
when she is home if she is not busy, she is destructive and naughty. i have trouble keeping her occupied. i can't turn my back on her. never could. when she was a baby, she would crawl up the stairs or a bookcase. as a toddler she ate paint, would sneak out the front door, throw her brother's toys in the toilet, drawn on my computer screen. as a preschooler she will put one chair on another to get cookies in the cupboard, stand out on the roof, cover herself in marker, cut the couch.... she will also play for hours with her friends, put everything away in her room where it goes, become absorbed in workbooks, puzzles, painting, cutting and gluing, etc. she isn't much for playing alone though. so at home, if i'm not giving her one interesting thing to do after another... she is either whining or doing something she shouldn't. (and driving me out of my mind)
my son is the total opposite. so i am not used to having to plan things every single moment of the day. he knows what he wants to do and he does it. she needs structure, direction and lots and lots of planning. and i just suck at it. and i can't provide her with social experiences every single day. like she wants. (break wasn't too bad, since we were really busy, but not looking forward to spring break)
my difficulty is, i know she will be heartbroken when school ends and all her friends go off to kindergarten. i really really really don't want her go to school. and i can't afford to put her in gymnastics, dance, piano, etc. grandma pays for ballet, i pay for a one afternoon a week program and that is all i can afford.
what the heck can i do with this kid??? any suggestions??? i'm really concerned about what comes next.
just to be clear, i am looking for suggestions about how to meet my daughter's needs at home AND continue unschooling (or some mutant form of it!). just pretend there is no public school option where we live and throw me out some ideas about how i can make this work! anyone else really committed to an unschooling lifestyle who has a really busy, needs to be occupied, really smart almost 5 year old out, who makes unschooling work???
Edited by umami_mommy - 1/6/12 at 5:10am