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Two weeks ago, my oldest began her 10th grade year. Last week, my middle child started 5th grade. And this week is my 3 year old’s turn to start school: homeschool preschool!
Now, I’m normally not a big believer in formal preschool. I think the preschool years should be for reading together, forming strong family bonds, and exploring the world in an informal way.
However, 3 year old Boo has other ideas. She sees her big brother and sister doing their schoolwork, and she begs for some school time for herself.
If she wants to learn, who am I to say no?
Over the last year I’ve accumulated quite a few preschool activities to keep her busy. Our preschool will consist of:
- My Father’s World Preschool Activities
- Before 5 in a Row
- Various Kumon activity books
- Leap Frog Letter Factory flash cards
Now that seems like a lot, but we won’t do everything every day. And if Boo isn’t in the mood to do preschool on any given day, we won’t do preschool. My homeschool preschool is very child led.
We’ll also be doing plenty of non academic activities like finger painting, playing with Flubber, and playing beginner board games.
How am I going to manage teaching preschool as well as 5th grade and high school? That’s a good question!
This year I stagger started the kids. At first, the only reason I did that was because the charter school we use started the high schoolers and elementary schoolers on different weeks. But then I saw the wisdom in staggering the beginning of my kids’ school years.
I took a week to get Stargirl acquainted with her schoolwork, before I had to focus intensely on Bug. Now that Bug has a week of school under his belt, he doesn’t need quite as much hand’s on help from me. And as a teacher, I have a good idea of where my pockets of “free time” are going to fall.
Now I can work in some time for Boo’s preschool during the times I know I won’t be working directly with the older two kids. I think it’s going to work out pretty well, but I’ll admit I don’t know how people with more than three kids do it! Our days are going to be full! If you homeschool more than three kids, you have all my respect!
So, I’m off! Wish me luck today!
If you homeschool your preschooler, what is your plan?