Next week, we are starting preschool with Bella.
*GASP* But – she’s only 2!
Actually, she’s 2 months shy of 3. ::sad face::
In both California and Colorado, children in the areas I lived did preschool 2-4, pre-K 4-5, and then kindergarten 5-6.
So by this time next year, she’ll be almost 4.
I’m not a big formal education pusher. I had a set curriculum as a pre-K and kindergarten teacher, and gave homework along with grades. I wasn’t a fan of that system at all for children this young. Sam and I both want Bella to learn what comes naturally for her skill and thinking level. I think we place so much emphasis nowadays on how much our kids know in advance, that we forget the basics. We also forget how easily the basics can be taught in everyday life activities.
I’m using a Montessori method to start with. I like the more natural feel of it – there is no paperwork, tracing, numbers, counting. Most of the objects used in the books for learning are around our home. I’m not doing it 100%, but it will be the basis of how we go about this part of our day.
I’ve had my hesitations about starting this year, wondering if maybe I should wait. But it really isn’t anything a lot different from what we’re doing already. Lots of art, reading, learning how to cut, learning numbers, shapes, and letters organically. For the most part, she knows the majority of this. We’ll also be working on proper handwashing, making the bed, sorting laundry, helping to cook, and keeping our things put away.
All preschool skills.
One of my friends is going to pair up with me 1-2 times a week to do a lesson with both our girls, and then a “field trip” somewhere in El Paso the other day. We have a lot of stuff here that opens in the winter for kids to do outside.
Honestly? I’m thrilled. I loved teaching, so much so that each fall tugs a little at my heart when I see the school buses and kids passing the windows. I have waited for this day with Bella, but the real fun will start in 2 years when she’s actually in a curriculum.
We’re just now starting to find a good routine to incorporate it into a bit more, but I’ll share all that later. I’ll also share some books/sites/activities that you can do even if you don’t homeschool but have a little one at home.
Who else is starting homeschooling this year? What are your thoughts on how the day will go?