Monday, July 26, 2010

The Countdown

Preschool begins in T-minus 7 days. Am I ready? Well, as ready as I'll ever be. August is all ready to go waiting in the folder ready to be used. I didn't quite finish November before vacation like I wanted to, but I only have a couple minor things to finish up for that before I move onto December preperations. I am hoping to have December done before we start next week. I think later this week (Friday or Saturday) I will post my theme for the week and our color, letters, and numbers of the month and some basic activities that we will be doing with those. I am only waiting because Zak didn't have time to show me how to upload pictures on the computer this weekend...and it just wouldn't be interesting without pictures :)

Something else bittersweet has happened since I've last posted. Silas, my sweet baby, has given up on crawling and is now walking as his primary means of getting around. Such a big milestone! Just sad that my sweet baby is growing up, but I suppose that is what they are supposed to do.

Well, I guess I should get back to the voices that are standing here saying for the millionth time since I've sat down to type this, "Mommy...I want breakfast."
Great things being posted later this week...don't miss it! Happy blogging :)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Why Home school?

I have asked myself and thought about this question a lot. I have come to several conclusions that I would like to share, but first a disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: I in no way think that people have to home school for their children to succeed in life. I do not think that everyone should home school. It is right for some and not for others. I do not judge anyone who does not home school. I believe that well rounded individuals come from all degrees of education whether it be public, private, or home schooling.

For those that are worried about the socialization issue, please don't. I can tell you that my kids are socialized well. They are typical toddlers/preschoolers. They have their little friends and enjoy being around people. After all I was home schooled for a long time, and I turned out least I think I did...let's not debate that. :)

Ok now that that is out of the way I will get on with it. :)

My first and foremost reason is that the moral base that children will live to the standard of for the rest of their lives is usually set by the time said child reaches middle school. I want to be the main influence/role model that my children see. Granted I am not morally perfect, but my standard/ role model is found in the Bible and He is morally perfect. There are just so many questions about the moral standards (or lack there of) in a public school setting. I do not wish to shelter my children from the world and what they will be faced with in society, but I would like to maintain their innocence. There is no need for elementary children to be so worldly wise at their young age. Now I do not think that you cannot be morally healthy if you attend public school, I know plenty of people who are. I'm just saying for my little family I want to influence them every hour I possibly can.

My second reason is a little more fun and less heavy. As parents we are ecstatic when our children smile and laugh for the first time or when they learn to walk and talk. As they develop into preschoolers we think that they are amazing (most of the time lol). I cannot imagine not being the one to teach my children how to write, read, or figure numbers (although...I am bad with them, Zak will be helping with that...otherwise they might not know how to do anything other than simple, basic things). I can't think of anything I'd rather do than to be there as my kids discover the world of learning, it's just too much for me to miss out on!

My third reason (and final for the moment) is that for quite a while all I've wanted to do was be a mommy....or a teacher. Now I get to do both as full time jobs! I'm excited to relearn the things that I will be teaching my daughter. I don't have to be away from my kids as I pursue my desire teach. It's the perfect solution for my family.

There it is. All laid out. I don't know how long I will school them at home. Right now the plan is to at least have them complete elementary school at home. We may give them the option to go to school at that point, or we may wait until high school. If any of them want to continue at home when they reach high school I would be more than happy to oblige. Again there is no judgement, and I do not think that those who do not home school are making the wrong choice. This is the choice for our family. Every family is different, and every child is different. In terms of each his/her own. Well, time to start prepping lunch for the stupendous seven I have running my house today.

Happy blogging :)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Holy Preperations Batman!!!

I haven't posted in a while. This is all due to the fact that every spare minute I have has been taken up by me obsessively trying to get ready to start preschool the first week of August! And to tell you the truth I don't have that many spare minutes with 6-8 kids, 4 and under running around my house. :) No, they are not all mine. I'm temporarily watching my friend's three beautiful children. I also watch my little nephew 2-3 times a week, and another little boy a couple days a week. So chaos is a word that comes to mind daily here.

I have successfully gotten everything put together and ready to go for the months of August, September, and October thanks to quite a few 1-2am nights. November is well underway and should be done in the next couple of days. Hopefully I will have it completed before we leave for vacation on Thursday....correction: I must have it done before we leave for vacation! December is in the process of being typed and printed and possibly can be all printed off by the time we leave on Thursday, but isn't essential for my sanity. I would however like to have through December completed by the time we start...which is totally doable. How long does it take me to prepare a whole month? Well, because I have been insanely working at it, usually 4-5 days. I have never went through so much printer ink, paper, contact paper, or velcro in my life lol!!

This is what a month generally entails give or take:

File folder games - at least 2 a month, but most times 3 or 4

Felt board stories/songs - print out, laminate, adhere velcro to all objects (there are a ton of these!)

Math and Language games - 4-5 a month...really fun stuff that puts learning into action

Bible Manipulative's - more felt board preparations...some for every day of the month

Additional work page print offs - try to get one a day in a month...sometimes two

Doesn't appear to be that much work...but it is very time consuming. I'm whipping things out like a well oiled machine now that I've gotten into the swing of it. I'm excited to start to share with you all the things that have consumed my time as of late. But I'm even more excited to share it with Annabelle...who has been eyeing everything I'm doing with quite a bit of interest. She continually asks me when school is going to start (Ahh...the joy of learning at a young age).

Well, back to November preparations....Happy Thanksgiving...err, I mean....Happy Blogging