Thursday, December 05, 2013

Days of Learning

:: Days of Learning ::

There are times when we are out with other families and the conversation inevitably leads to where our oldest goes to school. I explain that she is home with me and that we learn together through an organized home preschool program. I usually get various reactions from surprise to concern. There are a lot of questions after that. How do I do it? Don't I miss working? ( for the record, I am a high school teacher who left teaching to raise a family. I don't know that I'll ever go back because life is leading me on a different path.)  Aren't I afraid she isn't getting enough social interaction? ( This one is funny because we are actually interacting at that moment so no, I am not worried.) I fully understand that every family is different and we all must do what we must do to raise our children to the best of our ability. And our oldest has expressed the desire to go to school next year and so she will. ( my nervousness and worries about that are a post for another day)

 But every so often I meet someone who wants to do the same as me but doesn't know where to start. Now, I am no expert but a lot of support from other homeschooling friends and some research has helped us develop a plan that works for us.

I love sharing what we do because it is usually so fun. I use the Calvert School preschool program which is amazing. I can't say enough good things about this institution. But this month we are playing and learning with the holidays in mind. My favorite websites for learning and play are: The Imagination Tree and No Time for Flashcards. I can't say enough about these sites. So great! 

Here is what we have been doing this week: 

Topic: Winter 

We have been reading books about Winter, making snowflakes, winter scenes, and play snow dough to learn about animal tracks. With our usual things of writing, reading, letters, numbers, patterns, and more. 

Every day is a different adventure and I am blessed to be able to teach and learn with my children. I have learned that it doesn't matter when you spend time with your children but what you do with that time that matters. 

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a ton of fun was had this week! We love Owl Moon :)