My kids are young enough that we don’t focus too much on scheduling and we don’t require study time. How young? My eldest (Ladybug) is 4 years old, Owl is almost 3 years old, and our baby is 10 months old. Yes, we’re crazy. Yes, we’d love another and yes, my heart is so, so full! Even more so than my hands 🙂
While we don’t have a set schedule and don’t “require” schoolwork to be completed, we do incorporate routine and have a natural rhythm to our days. As a result, the kids and I know what to expect during the week. Some things are self-explanatory. For instance, we have swimming lessons on Tuesdays and gymnastics on Wednesdays. Other parts of our week are defined by us and we enjoy having the freedom to make what we want out of them.
We all gather together in the morning for a small prayer to start our day and then we head to breakfast. During breakfast, we spend sometime with our morning basket and then the kids head outside to play or build blocks. If they come to me asking for an activity, my first line of defense is Mother Goose Time or other boxed curricula that doesn’t require too much prep work. I just got up and have an infant; I’m still trying to drink my coffee at this time of day!
Monday mornings are often the roughest transitions from having Daddy home and playing during the weekend. So, I established #MessyMondayMornings. It doesn’t happen every week, but when it does we have fun doing things like painting with shaving cream or engaging in sensory bin play (hint: Never, EVER use flour – it NEVER leaves).
Monday afternoons are reserved for phonics and letter letter practice.
Tuesday we have poetry tea time.
Then there is Science Wednesday, Campfire Thursday, and Get Outside Friday.
Sometimes we even do a little “school” on the weekends when the kids are interested or need an alternative to slowly dismantling the house and driving me insane 🙂
The following resources are my “go to” plan for when the day is underway and the kids are asking to do school.
My goals are days filled with lots of good books, tons of time outside, and free play, but for those days that doesn’t happen for 12+ hours straight, the following resources come in very, VERY handy! Enjoy!
Caldecott Honor Book Challenge
A high school friend of mine told me that she read all the Caldecott Honor Books with her littles for their literature time and I thought that was genius, so we are going to do it too!
Virtual Book Clubs for Kids
Other Read-Aloud Selections From
The Classical Reader List
Poetry Tea Time Selections From
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (love this book!)
A Child’s Anthology of Poetry (our favorite)
Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (our favorite for verses to memorize!)
Phonics and Letters
Letter of the Week Curriculum (only the how to write letters part)
How the Weather Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids can Share the Secrets of the Atmosphere (Amazon doesn’t have this one in stock, so I linked to Goodreads so you can see the cover if you wish. )
Sensory Play and Projects
If this sounds like a ton it’s because it is!
We don’t do it all at once 🙂
We love playing with different curricula and different projects, but we also like to keep it simple.
If we get overwhelmed or it gets to be too much we slow it down and take a few days off.
It’s only preschool/kindergarten after all 🙂
There’s plenty of time. While I incorporate elements of Charlotte Mason, Classical, and Waldorf philosophies in my home school, my over all philosophy is that learning should be lifelong. There is no rush.
Happy Home Schooling!
What’s on your docket for this year?
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