Friday, October 15, 2010

Preschool at Home?

Those of you who have been around me long enough know that I exhibit a *slight* tendency toward Type-A. *Ahem* It's just slight. Ha! So it probably won't surprise you that I've begun to think about ways that we can have preschool at home this year before we for real enroll James in preschool next year. I love school. I guess that's why I wound up making a career out of going to school. I hope that James also loves school!

I've been thinking about how to be intentional about the way that I "teach" him. I want to really begin to work on letter and number recognition. I'm aware that his ability to focus on this task is small, but I think we could be successful with a few minutes a couple of times a day. I am definitely aware that I can envision this super-successful "program" of learning and think that things are always going to go my way and then the whole thing will flop. I've envisioned the perfect school year enough times to know that that image blows up on Day One. BUT...I feel like I need to be more intentional about our playtime. Sometimes we can play just to play, but why not play to learn sometimes, too? I've really grown sort of antsy during our days at home. I've begun to watch the clock in hopes that naptime or daddy-coming-home time is right around the corner. THAT has to stop. It's not fun and it's not fair. SO...we'll be starting homeschool preschool on November 1st! (Will it surprise you at all to know that I've found online curriculum and am thinking about lesson plans? :) I'm so excited!)

2 comments:

Amy said...

I am interested! I am so glad you said you've felt yourself looking at the clock for when daddy comes home or when it's time for naptime.....I have, too! and I feel so guilty, because i know it's not fair to Libbi or to me (or Jeffrey!) I'd love to hear what you have planned for James and the online curriculum that you've found!

pendy said...

Structure makes any day better, in my opinion. You will find satisfaction in the planning and execution, and if James learns and has fun, well, that's a bonus!

In response to your comment on my involvement with Compassion...it is an amazing organization. I wish I had the courage to promote it more.