My goal is to do something educational daily, even it's just a few minutes. Here's why:
- Teaching and learning time creates a bonding moment between Grace and me. Sometimes the day gets full, and she and I both need that time to tie a few heart strings.
- Small steps (hopefully) prepare me for future homeschooling schedule. I figure if I ease into homeschooling slowly, by the time I have to do this for real, it should be a part of our routine. I'm not lying when I say homeschooling scares me silly. My biggest concern is striking the balance of proper education, family time, and keeping the home in working order.
- Directed activity calms Grace. She is at the age where she needs some play time structure. She gets bored and begins to misbehave. If she's gotten to that point, I know I missed my cues to direct her mind to something structured.
- It's fun! It really is amazing to watch little children as they learn and discover. Their joy of learning is truly infectious and delightful.
Sometimes I fail to be consistent. I get busy, so I put it off, and it gets late. Dinner has to be fixed and daddy gets home. No one wants to do school once our favorite person is home for the day!
|Leah has an insatiable appetite for crayons. We can't keep her out of them!|
I would love to hear any other homeschoolers out there with suggestions for establishing/easing into a school time routine with pre-school age children.