She'll be 4 in September (FOUR! - There goes my heart thump-THUMPing again).
Thus, the Question is becoming more common. Will she go to Public? Private? Charter? Which school will we choose?
The quick answer is that we plan to homeschool for the early elementary years (and, perhaps, beyond).
The long answer is too long for this post because we have thoughtfully considered our options and we have a myriad of reasons for homeschooling - social, mental, emotional, physical, spiritual reasons. They are reasons that make the decision right for our family in this season of our lives.
Actually, the truth is that we are homeschooling already. Actually, it might be more like unschooling (or whatever term you want to use). Tim and I primarily teach our girls through play and everyday interaction.
We're big believers in "the world is our classroom" kinds of instruction - especially for the younger grades. Why not learn fractions while baking shortbread cookies? Why not sit under a big tree and read a mystery book? Why not talk about the solar system, while laying outside under the stars by a campfire?
You've probably guessed that we aren't using a formal curriculum. That may change in the future, but - for now - we're happy with this laid-back approach.
That said, sometimes we'll set aside twenty minutes or so for "school time" and our 3-year-old is thrilled when we do!
Lately, we've been making use of the Giant Kindergarten Value Bundle by School Zone. We don't use the computer software components much (I'm not huge into the whole let-preschooler-play-with-$1,000+laptop thing), but the workbooks and flashcards are lots of fun.
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Where do your kids go to school? If you homeschool, what are your favorite books, blogs, and resources?
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