I have to tell you that I am encouraged by the way our routine is falling into place around here. Without too much prompting from me our days tend to follow a particular pattern that just works for us.
I notice that when I look at the clock we are generally doing the same things at the same times each day and spending our time better and better as the weeks go on.
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That’s a good thing. Because if I am honest there have been times that I have worried.
Preschool at home failure
One of the biggest concerns I had entering into this homeschooling adventure was the fact that I never made preschool at home work consistently.
It was always hit or miss, with me constantly seeking a new approach that would work. I despaired that I would spend all of the elementary years doing the same thing.
The past few months of easing into our kindergarten plan with consistency have shown me that I won’t. Whew.
I am glad that I had the preschool years knowing that I wanted to homeschool so I could get some things worked out in my mind.
What I learned about doing preschool
Preschool is really not necessary. Yes, I know, I know.
Experienced homeschoolers have been trying to tell me that all along, but all those preschool activity blogs out there are so darn cute and that curriculum looks so tempting to buy (bought two so I know).
Despite our hit or miss tendencies, Olivia “started kindergarten” with an amazing amount of knowledge and skill gleaned mostly from everyday life.
Preschool didn’t work for us because I tried to be something we are not. After much trying to fit ourselves into the crafty, themey (made that word up myself) box, I have come to the conclusion that it is just not our style.
What we really love are messy art projects, random activities, and tons of books!
A new way to do preschool at home
So what does this mean for our future?
Largely, the boys are just along for the ride for the preschool years. My kids are close enough together in age that many of the activities we do for early elementary will appeal to the spectrum.
They can just jump in and add on whenever they are ready. Before that they can play alongside whatever we are doing. I don’t ever intend to plan preschool again.
What I do intend to do is what I should have done all along. So “preschool” at our house will look like this:
- Morning Time
- Messy art with crayons and paints
- Fairy tales and good books
- Singing songs and nursery rhymes
- Fun science
- Counting what we see
- Talking about letters and sounds when it comes up in our day (and Leap Frog Letter Factory — a not to miss in my book)
- Starfall.com if there is interest
- Learn to Write Numbers printables
- Kumon cutting books when the time is right
- Montessori-style practical life trays to play with
And that would be it. No themes. No curriculum. No skill lists. Just offer a spontaneous choice and go for it.
I have a feeling they are going to turn out just fine.
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