Thursday, September 23, 2010

My approach...

I was initially really excited about homeschool and all the ideas came flooding in of projects we'd do, activities to follow, etc.
Then reality set in...I'm a single parent 5 days out of the week, sometimes 7 depending on my husbands schedule, I have a new baby and a 3 year old exploring her limits with quite a strong abilities and her attention span thrown in well lets just say that excitment has died down.

I have now set goals to reach by the end of the "year" and by year I mean my own school year determined as ending on June 10th.

Kaitlyn will be able to...
* Identify and write each letter
* Write her own name
* Identify and write numbers 0-20
* Know her address and her parents phone numbers

I hope I am not setting myself up for failure! At the moment we are working on the letter 'K'...we'll do that for this week then chose another letter. At the end of 3 weeks we will do a synopsis of the past 3 weeks of letters. We will be working on recognizing numbers every week, once she can recognize the numbers easily we will move onto writing the numbers.

We also do non-structured learning, driving in the car Kaitlyn will point out a truck so we will then talk about what letter truck starts with and then see if we can find other things that start with that same letter.

On Wednesday's we go to the library for an hour for the preschool program, which includes story time and an activity. Wednesday nights are Awana, where Kaitlyn will learn about Christ in a structured environment.

She also has dance two nights a week for an hour each time as well as MOPS every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, intermixed with playdates and time outside. We are busy, but like it that way! We learn were we can and don't stress about missing days sitting down and 'hitting the books'. She is after all only 3 :)

My approach is laid back, I have a household to run, a newborn to care for, a master degree in the works and my own sanity at risk!

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