After a lot of internal debate and a seemingly endless supply of Pinterest posts about it, I have decided to jump in the homeschooling bandwagon, sort of. I will begin homeschool preschool for my two kiddos next week. Jackson will be 4 in a little over a week and Brooklyn is 2 and a half. We debated back and forth about sending him to 4K this year even though his birthday was past the deadline. I am sure we could have "push" him in and he would have done fine. After a lot of research and talking to a few people, we decided it would be better for him to be one of the older ones in his class instead of the baby of his class. He is very smart and I'm sure he would have done fine, but I am happy with our (okay, mostly my) decision. I also want to wait until we have a house bought so we know what school district they will attend. I would hate to start him in 4K this year and move next year.
I did decide I would start a more structured homeschooling schedule this fall with both of them. We have been doing a lot of projects and they love it. It is usually one of the only times during the day where the two of them play nice together. We have also been checking out activity packs from the library and they are wonderful. They consist of a few books about a central theme and a few activities/games to do at home. I also started making worksheets for Jackson to practice writing his name and he is really good at those. After talking with Jackson and listing to him shriek in excitement about "school" and start rambling a mile a minute about it, I got the feeling he was into it.
Since I am still at home with them everyday, it will be easy to work with them on a daily basis with this. Once I go back to work, depending on my work schedule it might not be as easy. In that case, we will figure something out. But until then, we will start with our themed weeks. I can not stress how much I LOVE Pinterest. I decided that starting a board for each themed week would work well. You can find my board HERE about our first week, Ocean/Fish themed week. We are lucky to have a state of the art fish hatchery in our little town that just had a multimillion dollar renovation so that will be our field trip for the week.