Friday, January 14, 2011

Our Homeschool Day (with a 4, 2, and 2 month-old)

We have been invited by Simple Homeschool to share a "day in the life".

So, what does our day look like with three very young children? I have to say that the most important thing we do is flow. I follow the lead of my four year old daughter, Annaliese. I never thought we would begin homeschooling at such a young age, but Annie was ready at 2. She has always had an ear for classical music and a heart for ballet. She is very artistic, so we spend time each day with tons of art supplies and music. She attends ballet school and will begin violin lessons next month.

Annie had been begging me to start school with her since she was three, so this year we decided to begin with some formal curriculum. Annaliese is learning handwriting, reading, and arithmetic. We spend lots of time with read alouds, which is where her younger siblings can join in! In fact, 2 year-old Maggie can say the vowels/sounds just by listening to her big sister. While Annie and I do her formal work, Maggie usually draws, plays with blocks, looks through books, or plays with water in the kitchen sink. Baby boy, Samuel River, either hangs out in my arms or in his bouncer right beside us. With the formal bookwork we are definitely going at our own pace. I don't stress about getting to it every single day. If Annie is going strong with her GeoBoard or abacus in math, I try to let her stay interested in that as long as she would like instead of rushing into our handwriting lesson. Our table work usually lasts about 1-1.5 hours total.

The rest of our day is spent with free play where I just love hearing their imaginations at work. Love that! They are both so creative and imaginative....I hope they never lose that feeling of freedom. I make it a point to get them outside every day. We play/explore outside for hours at a time. They often put on tutus and preform the Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and I often get treated to concerts with the violin.

After teaching in the public school system for 6 years, I always knew I would homeschool my children. However, I always imagined a cute little room dedicated to homeschooling in our house, which is far from what we are working with. We have a small house and utilize every square inch to the fullest. We work at the kitchen table and pile up on the couch, but it works. Our days are full...and there has to be a good balance. If I feel the balance is off, even a little, we all go outside. We run, we bike. We do something to clear our minds and begin fresh. We are a very family-centered family. I tell everyone we travel in a pack. Dad is an entrepreneur and works from home, so we make sure to get in good quality family time every day, which is key. So far, we are loving it and will continue in the flow.

1 comment:

  1. Just catching up on this blog - LOVE the learning philosophy you have going on with Annie. It's fun to read the updates and see that the structure can better fit the child's natural tendencies and avoid stifiling the imagination and freedom.