Before we got married, Hubby and I agreed that I would leave my corporate-Fortune 500-company job and if we had children, I would stay at home with them. Six weeks after we got married, we were pregnant - game on! We chose to have our children at home with us rather than in daycare.
Fast forward to this summer when the subject of preschool came up. What do we do? At our other farm, preschool was full days and cost $20 per day. As her parents, we did not feel that Kiddo1 was ready to spend an entire day away from home. She still takes a two hour nap most afternoons and that wouldn't happen at preschool.
Yes, I am a trained and certified teacher. But I taught big people, high school students and adults. I'm not trained to teach people who don't even come to my waist. I mean, I don't know how to teach things like how to write the letters. "Here, do an A. Do another one." just doesn't cut it.
So I began to look at some preschool activities that we could do at home that would give me some direction and ideas on how to do hands-on learning of preschool concepts.
Enter Letter of the Week from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Erica at Confessions has a wonderful, fun, and developmentally appropriate curriculum for preschool. Her curriculum is downloadable or on a CD and VERY affordable. You print out what you want to use, or all of it. I laminated everything but the consumables because I have two other kiddos who are going to do preschool with mom at home.
Not everything we do is from Letter of the Week, but the vast majority of it is and it has been so fun for both of us!
Kiddo1 begs to do school every day.
And, of course, it's "monkey see, monkey want to do" around here so Kiddo2 gets his markers and some construction paper. Here he is making a map to Grandma White's house!
And even Kiddo3 wants to be involved. She has some big crayons and other manipulative-type stuff to work with (note the big buttons on the table, she was putting them into a jar).
So, there we are, doing preschool at home and loving it!
***FYI - Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler has no idea who I am. I found her curriculum online and ordered it. It's been awesome. Over and out.***