First Day of {Homeschooled} Preschool!

September 11, 2012

Yesterday I started preschool with Bella. It was beyond adorable how excited she was. Kinda like this:

Thanks to the amazing Alex at Alexandra Wrote for putting this animation together for me!

I was actually a bit nervous. I know for these first few months, things will be all over the place. Routines will take time, it will feel awkward. Today I had a small panic attack thinking, “What the heck am I doing? Can I really educate my own child?” Then I remembered that same feeling when I taught school, and how by December our days were down pat.

So I jumped in and we started after she woke up from nap and had a snack. First was a story together. The love of reading is so, so important to me – I want her to adore books as much as I did growing up. And still do.

Then we did painting. We talked about the colors and how to wash the brush. Eventually they all ended up mixed anyway.


After we cleaned up that, we did music. I have several CD’s with all the songs we grew up with – from Pop Goes the Weasel to If You’re Happy and You Know It, which was the one we did. 3 times. I ended up putting Charlie in his kennel because “If you’re happy and you know it jump for joy!” caused him to spaz out about attacking our toes.

Saturday night I started reading up again on a curriculum I’ve been interested in for a while. Before Five in a Row. I love that it’s so literacy based, geared to ages 2-4, and has a Christian base but not the “TURN OR BURN KIDS” method that so many other curriculums have.

I ended up ordering it to add more structure to the Montessori activities we’ll do.

So many of you expressed an interest in doing this. Let me encourage you as best I can, while still knowing the uncertain feeling of it all, that you can do this if it’s your desire to. The lovely thing about homeschooling is that it’s so flexible – especially with young children. I decided afternoon mostly worked better for us. We only do about 45 minutes (for now) of structured activity. I have shelves just for her things that we only use for school.

Homeschool Supplies

You can start now, you can start next month, you can start at the first part of next year. You don’t have to have been a teacher or worked with young children – there are many programs out there that make homeschooling much easier for all of us. We have an extra living room in our home that we turned into a playroom, but you can do school at the kitchen table, buy a table and chair set for their room, use an open attic. The possibilities are endless and unlimited.

Our Homeschooling Setup

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be forever. You could do it just for preschool, or kindergarten, or try it for a semester in school. My mom homeschooled my little brother and sister for one year – she was in middle and he was in elementary.

Tomorrow I’ll post some of the books I love for homeschooling, most you should be able to pick up at the library. Then once a week or so I’ll post an activity we’ve done together, and if I get enough interest in that we might do a link up so others can share and we can add to all our own!

I’m so excited to do this and hope so many more of you will join me. It would be amazing to form a community of parents on here that start homeschooling at an early age and support each other.



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  • Lindsey

    September 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I think a link up is a great idea! I’m on maternity leave until May (Canadian here) and I would love to start doing something structured with my daughter, who will be three on October 24th. My blog is small but I would love to use it to post what I do and link it up with others to get more ideas.

  • Elisabeth

    September 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for sharing the Before Five in a Row series! This looks doable. Now I just need to get off my bottom and actually plan some stuff out!!

  • Angela

    September 12, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I’m very happy for you as you and Bella start this journey. (She is so cute in the animation!) Thanks for sharing the classroom set up ideas. My family is turning to homeschooling after the bust of starting kindergarten, and we’ll be watching your blog for ideas.

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife

    September 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    That animation cracked me up!

    I hope this works out well for you both and I’m really looking forward to the activities you’ll be sharing. Even if I can’t homeschool I’ll probably steal an idea or two for when we are home together at night or on the weekends.

  • Momma Maven

    September 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Yay! I’m so excited to get going, had a lot going on here lately with my own school and business and such but I am determined to start before Oct. My trouble is coordinating this with the wee dude in tow… I’m thinking of attempting our school time during little dude’s nap when I can be 1 on 1 with him. But then I think it would be good to start some learning for the little guy too… any ideas or links on folks that have incorporated pre-K and 15 mo old toddler learning/exploring stuff together?

  • Misty @ The Family Math

    September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Random, but is that the Ikea table and chair set? I’m thinking about getting Noah one for Christmas and wondered how you like it.

  • Noelle

    September 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Bella is adorable. Looks like she is having a lot of fun.

  • Meredith @ La Buena Vida

    September 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    We’re slowly delving into this too–we’re not super structured at the moment because I know there’s going to be some instability in our lives come November and I may not be able to keep up a firm daily schedule. But we try to spend some time most days doing “school time”–hitting letters, art, Bible study, and reading. I’ve been really encouraged about how MANY great (free) resources available out there on Pinterest!

    I’m really interested in that curriculum you linked–I’ll have to check it out.

  • Katie

    September 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Very cute!!!! My first thought when I saw you supply shelf, was picturing my newly crawling baby boy attacking it, with horrified older siblings running screaming! haha…
    Enjoy the start of your homeschool journey! I was going to be homeschooling my eldest last year, and ended up in hospital instead (pprom, at 22weeks). He has a wonderful teacher, and so we decided to send him and younger brother back to public school this year… I had such a wonderful experience homeschooling as I grew up, so we’ll have to see what the future holds.

  • Leah

    September 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and love your no nonsense, honest approach. I’m so excited to learn from you as you start this homeschool adventure. I’m debating doing the same with my little girl when she’s ready (only 20 mos right now). PS: Bella is ridiculously cute in that animation up top 😉

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