Good idea! I guess it's not really
my first year since we've been homeschooling 'preschool'. However this is the first year that everyone is expecting her to go to school, and it's the first year I'll be buying a curriculum... so it's feeling very official! Name
JennyName(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
DD just turned 5 yrs
DS just turned 5 monthsWhat made you decide to homeschool
I've wanted to hs or do private school since DD was a baby. I liked school as a kid, but it was so lacking academically even though I was in AP courses and I also think it's pretty strange to be in a class full of other kids the same age all day. However, a few months ago she asked to go to kindergarten. (I think because she is a very social little girl, and after DS was born we got a bit isolated.) The private school I would have been willing to put her in (and that my family was pushing) was an hour away each way, so I decided against it. I researched a bunch & found a charter we really liked about 20 minutes away. I was trying to be excited about it (would give me more opportunities to do my work from home, would give DS more one-on-one time, instant friends for her, etc) but when she decided she really did want to do HS instead I was so excited!!What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Don't know yet - I've been googling like mad.
Up until now I've just tried to make everything a learning opportunity, or make up games like rhyming games and number games. We also do lots of on-line stuff like starfall.com, and we have some workbooks too (like from Target.) I've also been known to put together some cool unit studies from various sources on-line. But for her first 'official' year, I want to buy a curriculum. I am currently thinking reading and social studies from Harcourt, math from Saxon and supplementing with Singapore, and science from somewhere. We have art covered with stuff we already have. I'll do mostly 1st grade stuff supplemented with some K. And now Chrissy's got me thinking I want to do spanish too. What you're excited about
I'm excited that DD will be able to go at her own pace, she won't be bored with stuff she already knows, and she won't pick up bad habits from being around other 5 and 6 yr olds all day. I'm excited to teach her and to explore things. I'm excited about a new HS group I found that's close to where I live. Heck, I'm excited about the packs of new crayons and glue I have for her! What you're nervous about
Telling my MIL that we are a go for homeschooling. She will be soooooooo upset. She's convinced DD won't be challenged enough at home
: and that she won't have any friends
. I am a little nervous that I will get worn out and start to slack off, or that my work will keep me too busy. I also worry a bit that I'm not making the right decision and that she'd have more fun in school!