Hello Everyone. It's taken me a while to read through all of the posts (I get very choppy computer time) . I am very excited to find this post as I am just starting to HS my dd and in turn also my ds. I'll introduce myself a bit
I have a dd Emelia, 3yrs 3mo, and a ds Eli, 17mo. Emelia has been blowing me away all of a sudden. It seems that at 3 she turned completely from toddler to a child, she is so grown up. We've really taken a laid back apporach to learning. A lot of free play, reading (Many books a day, the kids insist
) And whatever might come up, lots of trips to the park, library, coloring, painting. She started really acting out all of the time. My dh and I couldn't figure it out because she has always been such a well mannered child, unbelievably good
. After her first and only tantrum We really slowed life down at that point, focused on being home and lots of loving. I picked up some craft books, workbooks, and homeschooling books and started researching. I realized that she is totally bored with life. She LOVES learning. I definately see that by my unstructured method of parenting I was not benefitting my children. So, I've been adding structure and intentional learning to our days. Eli is a little ball of energy wanting to be part of everything, so I try to include him in the learning on a younger level.
Interests/obsessions: dd is completely obsessed with ballet, reading and helping mom and dad
. She is developing a love for painting as well. ds is obsessed with climbing, running, reading and his big sister
Avg week: mondays are dance class days. Emelia has morning ballet and creative movement, which she looks forward to all week, she's been really into dancing since before she could walk, it was a natural match. Eli and I walk around town while she's in class, and then the three of us walk to the library, fill my bag to the brim with books for the week and walk through the park if the day allows. The rest of the day is down time because the morning takes a lot out of us. Maybe a couple of workbook pages later in the evening if emelia wants to. tuesdays we try not to leave the house at all. (except to go outside) I'll do a theme for the day, so far we've done sheep, winter, and seeds. I'll do a couple of crafts, read several books, and whatever else I can find on the topic. THis seems to go over well for the most part. The rest of the week is primarily child-led. I clean up in the morning while the kids play and then I take cues from the kids and go with it. Emelia loves to help me do anything, (she started organizing my tupperware cupboard the other day al by herself) so I have her help me cook and clean. We belong to the nature center and the aquarium, and live close to the beach, so those are great get out of the house trips. I am interested in learning more about both montessori and waldorf styles so I'm researching that a bit, but I really want the learning to be a mixture of many things. I've actually been contemplating preschool 2 days a week next year because I found a great program at the nature center and Emelia seems to REALLY want to be part of it. It is just going to be soooo taxing on the budget
. Most likely what I will end up doing with my children is a mixture of the two schoolings (me and the school system) I haven't decided totally and to be honest hs is very intimidating. I am so glad to have found a support system! Thanks
I look forward to being part of this thread.