We’ve been homeschooling for two months now and we’re currently taking a week off of school while my daughter spends time with our family in Louisiana. It’s the perfect time to evaluate what we’re doing well and what’s not working.
If you recall, we started pre-K back in August, doing Kindergarten work with my 4 year old because we knew she was ready for it. I also felt that picking up a formal curriculum and being more intentional with school would be best for all of us, though I still think playing is the best form of learning for my 2 year old. Routine is good for me & the kids, and Isabelle longs to do school with us, especially since school feels like play right now. You can find out more about our curriculum choices here.
I have really struggled with having a hard and fast schedule this year. We just don’t have one and when I usually try to make one, I end up exhausted and irritated with my children for interrupting it. Not cool, mommy, not cool.
Part of the issue is that we have many activities that pull us away from home, things like MOPS, which I’m helping coordinate this year, and our weekly ladies Bible study. On top of these activities, we have grocery shopping to complete and visits to the pediatrician, which have been frequent lately. Croup, you are not my friend.
My goal is to do school 3-4 days per week, but some weeks we can only do 1 or 2 days. After going crazy for a while trying to make it all work, I’ve decided that this is OK for this year, since she is a pre-K student doing Kindergarten work, and since we typically accomplish multiple lessons in a single school day. We’re still working toward the elusive perfect schedule, but perhaps perfect strict schedules don’t belong in homes with a 1 year old, a 2 year old, and a 4 year old.
My daughter adores math! I’ve loved the Saxon K material and manipulatives. Saxon moves in very small increments, step-by-step. My kids get excited about finding out which manipulative we’re going to play with today. My daughter completes her lessons while my 2 year old just plays with the teddy bear counters or whatever we’re doing today.
That said, after the first month, it became obvious that we’d purchased the wrong level for my child. Saxon K is actually designed for children who are 4 1/2-5 1/2, but I really don’t feel like she has learned anything new with it. We’ve been counting and doing math lessons for a long time, so she’s really beyond K and is ready for more addition and subtraction practice, which we’ll find in the next level, Saxon 1.
After debating whether or not to jump up to Saxon 1 now, we’ve decided to continue flying through Saxon K. We complete 2-4 math lessons on every school day, depending on how much time we have. Her attention span really isn’t an issue because the lessons are fun, relevant, and engaging, so Isabelle always wants to do one more math lesson, but we usually just don’t have the time or one of the younger kids needs my attention, so we stop when we need to. It is currently October and we’re working on lessons that were planned for January. When we finish this book, we’ll order Saxon 1 and begin there, probably in January.
Reading & Phonics
Linking up at Intentional Homeschool.