It’s been about 18 months since I entertained the idea of homeschooling. My daughter had just turned three and honestly, I didn’t want to homeschool. But sometimes what I want and what God wants are two different things… but that’s a whole different blog post for another day. 🙂
We started on the God’s Little Explorers curriculum. You know, just to test the waters and see if I could “do” this homeschooling thing. And although we didn’t actually finish that curriculum — not because we didn’t like it; I wholeheartedly recommend it and will be starting it with my son this fall — I realized that I could be my child’s teacher.
It is a scary and thoroughly exciting idea to me still. That I, who hate science and still can not comprehend most advanced maths, can actually be a great teacher to my children. Not because I know everything, because that is certainly not the case. I can be a great teacher because there is no one else in the world who wants more for my children than I (and my husband) do.
Fast forward 18 months. My now four year old daughter and I have been doing the K4 curriculum through A Beka since August. I wanted a curriculum that had a couple of specific qualities. It had to be Bible based and it had to be well laid out. I was still very unsure of my teaching ability and wanted a curriculum that told me exactly what to do.
Our first few weeks were very strict. I went exactly by the book and did not deviate. As we found our groove and got more comfortable with schooling I became more laid back, which is (in my opinion) one of the great benefits of homeschooling. You can make your own schedule, go at your own pace and make the most of your strengths.
We have been taking a lot of field trips (another perk to homeschooling) and just having fun with it. The field trips have kind of put us behind the schedule I had worked out at the beginning of the year. But you know what? It doesn’t really matter. My husband and I have since decided to homeschool year round so we can enjoy these trips and more relaxed schedule.
I’m expecting to finish the K4 program around June and start A Beka K5 with her in July. My son will turn three in October so I’m planning on starting the GLE program with him in September.
If you’re just starting your homeschool adventures, thinking about starting or just have a question for me please leave a comment or shoot me an email. I would love to help you if I can. And if I can’t, I’ll try and find someone who can!
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