Yesterday we started our homeschool journey. I’m not talking about “hey, we did a puzzle and colored a pictured, so now we’re homeschoolers” kind of homeschooling. Nope. We mean business.
I was worried at first that Lily wouldn’t take it seriously, but she did, especially when we she realized we were turning our computer room into a classroom. I knew that showing her the change in our home would excite her, and she would be up for what I have planned. She deserves the opportunity to use that brain of hers, and I’m here to challenge her.
One thing I have to watch though is giving her more than what she can handle. Anyone who knows Lily knows that she acts way older than she actually is. If you met her and didn’t know her, you’d probably think she’s 6. I’m always reminding myself that she’s only 4, so I’m trying to keep that front and center while we work together.
Day 1 went perfectly, and it was a million times better than I thought it would be. I like structure, so I tried to keep things on a nice schedule, and Lily responds well when she knows what to expect. Here’s how we did things:
- Pledge of Allegiance (she got a kick out of this)
- Bible story & prayer
- Calendar time
- Writing & Letters
- Break time- Drew needed a nap
- Corresponding art project
- Recognizing differences and similarities
- Reading Practice
- Craft of her choice from the craft box
Our routine probably took 2 1/2 hours, and it flowed nicely. With Lily, I think it’s important to switch things up and not spend too much time on one subject; otherwise, she’ll get burned out. Also, I’m looking for a way to add some science in, but that can wait until we get a good groove going with the major stuff.
The most important part of our new journey is that Lily enjoys herself, and she did. She was so, so proud of herself, and I couldn’t be more proud of her either. She’s a smart one, that girl of mine.
She called me Momma Teacher all morning :)