But that is the direction it looks like we'll be going, at least until Mike gets his super high paying job and we can afford some ultra special private education. Because, you know, a PhD in Theology always leads to a super high paying job....
I used to think it was funny when people would say that they "homeschool" when their oldest kids were only like 4 or 5, because who sends their kids to school that early anyways, right? Wrong. Everyone does. So I guess if everyone is going to ask me where I am planning on sending my 3 year old (?!?!) to school, and I have no plans except to send her to the basement to play, then I might as well start saying that we are homeschooling.
At some point I also realized that there is plenty of pre-school type stuff to do with Naomi. She really enjoys having a little bit of structure in the day as well as saying that she has "lessons" to do, even though it only entails playing with little bears and using pattern blocks.
I was NOT homeschooled, I went to Catholic schools my entire life and will share no opinions about anything-- I try never to be opinionated here on the blog, it's just no good for numbers.
But me not being of a homeschooled breed puts me at a definite disadvantage when it comes to educating my own progeny. It is not inherent in me and I've never really worked well with little people. I can buy as many ankle length denim skirts and jumpers as I want but at some point I had to come to the realization that I have no idea what I am doing.
Luckily marriage has found me in the same family as the Queen of Home Schooling, she even wrote a book on it. So on our last trip home, my all-star mother-in-law sat me down and gave me all the resources and advice I could ever want or need for a little pre-schooler and we have begun something that calls itself home schooling.
We will get to learning to read when Naomi turns 4, but for now we are sticking to math, some addition and subtraction and manipulative things. I am working toward gathering ideas for history books to read and we look at animal books and pictures for a "science lesson". Advanced, I know.
|Makeshift Montessori "works": water pouring, bead sorting, and orange polishing. Oh, you're confused? Me too.|
The real wrench in the plan currently is Bernadette, whose attention span is approximately the length of a squirrel with ADHD. I put together some "works" that look a little like Naomi's from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (pictured above), and for the first 10 seconds they were really exciting- (that would be the 10 seconds where I took any of these pictures) but really she just ends up coming and destroying whatever I am doing with Naomi. I am looking into a specialized cage of some sort, Mike's mom didn't have any and I haven't been able to find any on the various homeschooling websites, we'll see where that goes...