Yup, you read that right. I’m homeschooling Frankie!
Frankie’s reaction to his mommy being his one and only teacher
(Actually, his reaction to Christmas. Tis the season).
Ok, not really, but I’m calling that in my world, at least for the time being. The reasons? First, let me say that ALL parents homeschool in some way, especially before they enter kindergarden and first grade. I’m fairly open-minded about homeschooling in general; I myself was homeschooled for high school (although the thought of homeschooling younger kids scares the crap out of me). Seriously, am I the only educator who feels more comfortable with adults? Anyways, since I’m a stay-at-mom currently, I’ve been thinking about all the things a non-daycare, non-preschool attending child needs, like a schedule and structure - in other words, I need to get my act together and start educ-macating my baby!
Two, we have been seeing our therapists through Early Intervention (developmental, speech, and occupational), and I have some GREAT ideas from there for things to work on with Frankie during the week. I love our therapists, and Frankie is making great progress. But I need to make sure he has “school” time everyday in order for the therapy to really work.
Three, have I mentioned that I’m anal retentive ? I thrive on lists and schedules. Why not with my son? Sometimes, half way through the day, I feel like saying out loud, “Now what?” Then I have to tell myself, “Wait, you’re the mommy. You make the decisions.” And then I respond with, “But I don’t have any ideas.” This is basically what happens to me without structure. I don’t think I’m OCD because I like it; it’s more out of necessity. Without structures, lists, or schedules, I literally sit around, procrastinate, and do nothing. Am I alone in this one?
I’ve been doing some digging around and here’s a few good ideas websites that I found with homeschooling the wee little guys (you can also find all of these on my Pinterest account):
Pouring pasta (a lot of Montessori teachings are based on learning life-long skills, like pouring, cutting, preparing food, etc. This would be a great place to start)
Water Tables – here’s a link to make your own, but I’m keeping an eye out for a used one
This blog has lots of great ideas for making busy toys for little ones
Here’s a collection of materials and activities that promote fine motor skills
Letter of the Week is a great site that gives a curriculum for babies and toddlers, divided up by monthly age. For one year olds, they offer the Brightly Beaming Toddler curriculum. It’s biblical based, and gives a song, poem, book, activity, etc. to do each week.
Great list of what to do with a toddler if you’re out of ideas (which happens to me ALL THE TIME).
I’ve also pinned some older preschool curricula for the future (yes, the plural is curricula. I minored in Latin. And don’t tell me that in English, you ignore Latin grammar rules. Because it sounds weird and I don’t like it. So there). I really don’t know where Frankie will go to school. Some days, I think that homeschooling would be awesome, and I would be an awesome teacher, and everything would be awesome. Other days, I think, who am I kidding, do I really want to do this? Could I even do this? And on rare days, I think, I need this child to get out of the house! As much as I love you Frankie….
So I have a lot of work to do, organizing and prepping and making stuff to do. Ahh, heaven.