Untimely? Quite possibly. And I actually never pictured myself as the homeschooling mom with 4 kids, but never the less, here we are!
And thanks to Pinterest, Etsy, Target and Google in general I might become one of those moms that gets obsessed with it. =)
I will give you the quick run down on how we got here and then I will give you some of my favorite finds that make this all so fun.
The Decision to Homeschool
This year is the first year that we have had a kid in school 5 days. I knew it would take some adjustments, but I thought eventually we would settle into a good rhythm. 2 months in, I think we were all just feeling sad at the missed time together. They really wanted more one-on-one time with me and I wanted the same. I felt kind of stuck and was sorting through all of the different ways we could reclaim some time together…
I really didn’t think homeschooling was an option for us because I work. But after some kind encouragement from a friend (the lovely Brandi Lapito) I thought it was worth looking into. This book opened the door for me – it’s possible and other people are doing it.
The book leads with stating that people that want to work and homeschool are generally entrepreneurs. More than that, they typically work half-time with flexible schedules (me!) and are used to being in command of their time and resources to self-direct in the most effective way. YES!! It’s not that the kids were at school so long, it was just that they were gone during the best parts of the day. I got them back when they were already spent, tired, cranky, ready to chill out. In the mornings they are happy, connected, present and ready to learn. That is the time I want with them! I can work once they are ready to chill out and watch a movie.
Beyond this book I found other inspired examples of business woman paving the way.
Check out the brilliant Penelope Trunk telling her story. She has aspergers and has launched and sold 4 starts ups for millions. You will see in her writing she is so sharp and offensively honest. I love it. http://education.penelopetrunk.com/2012/04/02/why-i-homeschool/
And local examples like the amazing Cindy Broadbent who homeschooled all of her kids while also running the family business with her husband. Featured in Yellowstone Valley Women >>
I realize this is a risk… And I don’t actually know how it will go. Maybe we will love it? Maybe it will be a bust? I am committed to the rest of the year and then we will reassess.
Favorite Homeschool Finds
After looking into it, I found that for kindergarten the core requirements are reading/writing and math. I think I can do that!? Of course we will do a lot more, but hey, it’s not chemistry yet.
So I am totally new to all of this. No experience what so ever to back up my choices. But, I’m excited! Only time will tell of this stuff actually turns out to be as awesome as it looks.
The cutest little ABC cards you ever did see. We will hang these on the bulletin board for writing reference. **Best part. I emailed this Etsy shop owner to ask if she had any with lower case letters as well and she did!
Judah wants to chart the weather everyday. So obviously we need this.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Just a little over $15, simple and brilliant! We have only done a couple lessons but my kids are quickly grasping the concepts and no pain involved. We’ll see if they can actually read at the end of the year!
National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes and Explore Crystals Science Kit
A little bit excessive, but we are losing our minds with excitement over here. Super fun activity to kick off our first week!
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series)
At this age we really only need to do science once a week. Easy. Weekly kitchen experiments. Done.
Right Start Math
I spent the most amount of time choosing a math curriculum. I was actually surprised to see all the different options with vastly different approaches. I picked this specifically with Judah in mind. It is built on using an abacus and visually understanding math concept. It is awesome. Judah would do this with me for hours every day if I were available.