I want to join!
DD is 31 months and DS is 15 months (and he also is just EVERYWHERE). I'm more concerned about DD at this point. DS wants to do everything she does so I'm thinking that I'll just let him go along with what DD and I are doing, and let him pick up what he picks up. Is that OK??? Am I being unfair? They're 15 months apart, but right now she's intellectually becoming a "preschooler" and he's really still more of a baby.
DD is very smart, but she would be totally disfunctional in a school setting. She has never gone without me/DH/grandma staying with her without being a complete mess when I get back, and she is completely untrusting of other adults in general. She is also a bit behind verbally, and while she would still have one more school year at home chronologically, I don't think she'll be anywhere near ready for preschool by the following year either. My pastor's wife (also a HSing mom) and I recently joked that DD could be the poster child for why our state should NOT adopt mandatory preschool! DS is much more managable and easy-going, he'll go to anyone, and his separation anxiety generally isn't more than what I would consider the norm. But with their close ages I can't very well treat them all that differently! And I am now convinced that HSing is the best option for us.
Anyway, DD is a very visual learner, and while I'm not sure about DS yet, he likes to throw his body around on the couch, so he strikes me as the "kinesthetic" type.
DD already knows a lot: colors of the rainbow, standard shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, star, heart I think), numbers 1-10 (she once got up to 14), and the alphabet. She learned these things entirely through unschooling and a unit study on Baby Einstein.
Oh, she also loves to name animals and knows quite a few, with her favorites being farm animals, and she also knows almost all the standard musical instruments in an orchestra. Once again, thank you Baby Einstein.
So yeah, visual learner. She's not entirely hooked on TV, though, she also likes reading books a lot. So I have been looking for a reading-intensive curriculum thats nice and loose and aimed at 2-3 year olds. I'm definately the type who needs a curriculum to teach from, but I want it to be loose because DD won't do anything without being instrinsically motivated. (If I say, "Honey, will you help Mommy pick up the toys?" forget it. If I say, "Honey, will you pick out the next DVD you want to watch?" No problem!)
So right now, thanks to someone from this site, I'm leaning toward Letter of the Week's Prep Curriculum. There are some crafts and things involved, so I think DS may be able to get involved a bit too, and depending when I move on to the next level with DD (assuming it works out), I could just whip out my old materials and do my best to combine the two curriculums in one. I haven't done a ton of research. I've decided that HSing is something that I want to just dive right in to, otherwise I'm afraid I'll overthink it.
I was considering doing BFIAR at the same time, but now I'm thinking it might be literature overkill, not to mention taking up a lot of time. My main reasoning for this is just because I do really like the BFIAR curriculum, and it includes a Bible study, while for whatever reason Letter of the Week's Prep Curriculum does not. What do you all think? If it's definately going to be overkill I will just design my own Bible curriculum for them. We have plenty of children's Bibles and Bible storybooks, and there's always Veggie Tales!