Whew! We’re taking a break along with the public school kids next week since all of our normal extracurricular activities are cancelled. With the kids’ dance schedule, we’ve not had much of an opportunity to travel with Dad this year. So I’m looking forward to freeing us from our schedule a bit and getting on the road. Our mini-getaway is just what the doctor ordered. I still need to write and teach, but I will perhaps get more done if I can just lay in the bed with my laptop—yeah, right!
I’m also beginning to think about next year with my preschooler. She is the first kid that I will have started “from scratch” with homeschooling. We’re using A Beka, the curriculum that the older kids used in private school simply because that’s what I know. It gave the older ones such a great foundation with phonics, but I’m struggling with using it on an individual level. I have read through a number of articles and some great blogs about starting with preschoolers, and I really am trying to not set the stage for workbook burnout—hers and mine. On the other hand, I know the fruit I see in my older two. Hence, my dilemma. Thus far, we’ve worked with a hybrid of the books, using them as a base while adding in the kinesthetic and auditory components—foods, music, and plain touching of flowers, etc. Of course, we read a lot, although admittedly I don’t get to read to her as I’d like. The one thing I did get right is to introduce short lessons with her; we rarely work over 30 minutes.
I think that is the larger issue—time. When we began, the older two are closer in age, and there was ample opportunity to go to the library for books. Now I am juggling the great books and ideal workday for the older ones with the feeling that I’m robbing the toddler. My head knows that the youngest will not miss college if we make an adjustment, or don’t have “school” everyday (which we don’t, dependent upon her readiness to learn). I definitely need to back up, to think, plan, and of course pray about how to proceed before I spend money on an entire K-4 curriculum that I won’t use half of. Thank God for the breather.