bryan and i have been giving a lot of thought and prayer to zu’s schooling for next year. when we found out that baby #3 (wendy!) is on the way, i thought “ok, that seals it, we have to send her to preschool–no way can i homeschool a 3 year old while taking care of a newborn and a 2 year old and working full-time online!”
but then the more we’ve talked and thought and prayed about it, the more we’ve begun to reconsider. we don’t feel like public school is right for our family (for lots of reasons–that is an entirely different blogpost!), but the private school we would want to send her to is pricey.
if we saved that money for a couple more years–like waiting to send her when she’s in kindergarten–we could save up for possible future babies, we could save up for the necessary inevitable minivan, we could fix some of the broken things in our house that we’ve been putting off…
so these are the things that sort of freak me out about homeschooling next year:
1) the lingo.
when i google “homeschool preschool” there are so many different schools of thought that come up–charlotte mason, Montessori, unschooling, etc. bryan and I weren’t homeschoolers, so this is all foreign to us.
i have trouble organizing playdates because of bryan and my work schedules–he sleeps late because he works nights, i work a couple hours on campus in the morning, then there’s naptime, then he goes to work again–its just hard to coordinate with other moms. i think that we could possibly though get enough socialization in for the girls if we keep sending them to kindermusik, library storytime, and church small group. i’m still debating about this though.
3) being able to do it!
i’m worried that i’ll do a bad job teaching zu, that i won’t be able to teach her well enough or plan lessons well, with everything else on my plate.
i think i might possibly be over-thinking homeschooling–maybe intimidated by it because i’ve never done it–since i’ve met moms who tell me they just do stuff they find on pinterest and their kids seem fine. and kids go to school For-Ever–would it really hurt to wait til she’s 5 to send her off?
for me, I feel that my priorities with teaching zu right now should be:
1) about God (Grace, bible verses, what Jesus is all about)
2) basic life skills (dressing herself, cleaning up after herself, helping mama in the kitchen)
3) good social skills (be nice to sissy, don’t whine, etc)
4) alphabet letter recognition and sounds
5) art and music
6) observing nature
i’m sure i’m missing whole categories of things–this is just what seems important to me. maybe i should start doing some research….but where to start???
what are your thoughts on homeschooling in preschool?