OK. I can admit it now. I'm a closet type-A personality. I don't want to be, but it just so happens that I am and I can't help it. For better or worse, I'm a type-A stay-at-home homeschool Mama to an only child.
Uh-huh... I can see you already judging me!
I'm not going to brag that my son knows it all - because he doesn't and he isn't the know-it-all type. In fact, he hardly answers questions in a classroom setting with other kids. He prefers to talk to friends, play and crack jokes instead.
I'm not going to allow you to tell me that I push him too much academically - because in reality, my son has always been one step ahead of me in his learning process. I have always tried to keep up and I have spent countless hours searching for curriculum that might challenge him and that he might enjoy.
I'm not going to complain about what a chore being a homeschool Mama is either, because I love what I do. I may not have a lot of time for myself, but homeschooling my son has turned into a passion for me. It's become our family culture and we love it.
What I'm going to do instead is tell you exactly what our homeschool has been like these past few years.
The Past Few Years
Our 'Winter' Box: full of images with Xmas and winter themes
Our Colour Containers: each box with single colour items
Our Texture Stepping Centre
Our Word Books
Our 1 year old: walking on stars for 4th of July!
Our 2 year old on a trip to The Met, NYC
By 2 years old, I decided to look for other book related activities we could do together and found What Your Preschooler Needs To Know and its accompanying Pre-School Activity Books 1 and 2. He enjoyed them so much, we completed them in a year.
Our 3 year old had a blast with our Star Wars Curriculum
Our 4 years old wanted a GOLD violin.
Since the gold one was actually the cheapest one I found, he got it!
When he was 4 years old, I gave my son the K12 Reading Comprehension Placement Exams for Kindergarten through to grade 3. I left the room to see how much he could do on his own. I was really surprised that he completed them all by himself and shocked that he easily passed them all. I knew I wanted to and needed to start challenging him more on his academic level.
Our 5 year old's project on our body's elimination process
Don't get me wrong, reading, writing and arithmetic are not the only things we do. We travel as a family to visit friends and extended family, we enjoy lots of time outdoors, we emphasize sports and exercise and we are all sane because of lots of play at home, playdates with friends and The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (where I can find a community of other parents who are in a similar boat).
|Our son, the indoor rower.|
|Playing outdoors with friends|
|Creating The Giving Tree for Earth Day with friends|
We started homeschooling more seriously when our son turned 5. We do some kind of homeschool everyday - no fail, because we find he does best when there is a set routine everyday (he knows what to expect) and because we want to instill in our son discipline and work ethic.
We start our day with lots of cuddles and playtime first thing in the morning (usually 1 hour!) and continue to breakfast, where a lot of school work happens. Homeschool can last anywhere between 1 to 4 hours. School for us includes:
- 2 - 3 times a week of history, science, art and crafts, lessons outside the home, poetry memorization
|Dressing up like Stone Age Men|
|My son's submission for Palmetto Pride's Art Competition|
|Copywork "Bald Eagle"|
- 7 days a week of independent homework (we use the workbox system, photo below).
|During his independent time in the afternoon, our son completes all 6 bins of 'homework'. |
It takes him about 10-15 minutes.
'Sharing Worthwhile Kindergarten5 Asynchronous Curriculum for a Visual Learner' soon!