When my daughter was 2 1/2 I began schooling her. A lot of people thought I was crazy but Heaven was a child that wanted to learn and enjoyed our Tot School time. This year her 3 year old brother joined us and started Preschool. Heaven is 4 and has been doing a Kindergarten curriculum. This September she will be ready for 1st grade and her brother will start Kinder age 4. Over these past couple years I've learned a few things and thought I would share.
When To Start
When I first started schooling, I had this picture in my head and it looked a lot like a public school day. There would be mornings I would say OK it's _ 0'clock and I'd be ready to start and my kids would be cranky. This would start the whole day off bad. Lets face it some days we wake up and we don't want to do anything that early in the a.m.
Over time it dawned on me that I homeschool and can start at ANYTIME. This isn't a public school, why should they have to be ready to learn at 8am because I am. I started waiting to start school till around 10am and it has made so much of a difference. We haven't had a meltdown and the kids are actually excited when it's time to start school. Start the school day when you feel the kids are awake and ready.
When A Child Isn't Understanding The Material
There are some things in my daughters curriculum that she isn't able to understand when I read it. If I see she isn't understanding something, I find another way to teach it. Maybe the child knows the material but just doesn't understand what you are explaining. When I have a lesson my daughter doesn't understand I usually take it to the projector and find a way to make a game out of it. If you don't have a projector you can always make a game with objects around your house..exp a deck of playing cards can teach a lot of things.
If The Child Just Isn't Ready
SKIP IT. If a lesson comes along and I tried new ways of teaching and they just don't understand..come back later on in the year and try again. Some kids may have trouble with certain things and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with moving on, all kids are different and they will eventually learn it..so don't stress it.
Go With The Flow And Never Compare
In life we tend to always compare and homeschooling is no different. It's so easy to read some blogs and think, "wow she really has it all together!" The truth is..NO ONE does. Everyone has different life situations and different families. It's easy to write a great blog post, talk about all the great things in your life BUT behinds the scenes is always a different picture. It's your family and life so do what's best for you and yours. Make the time you have something to remember and don't get lost in the jealousy pool.
When searching for a curriculum, look for one that is right for your family. Just because your favorite blogger says her child is thriving with a certain program doesn't mean, it will work the same with your child. You know your child.. if they are hands on, pick something hands on and vice versa. Sometimes that means switching curriculum a few times till you can find the right one. Just make sure you do your research and read lots of reviews.
Everyone has bad days, whether it be an adult, child or baby..we do. Homeschooling comes with a lot of perks. If you or the kids are having a bad day, maybe a bad mood or sickness, take the day off. Kids can still learn through play and missed work can always be made up. Take the day off and recharge..tomorrow is a new day!
I'm not an expert just a homeschool mom who has tried many things =)