This week was our first official week of our “unofficial” homeschool. I decided to start this year with a pre-school program with Ella, who is 5. Although she is technically old enough for Kindergarten (at least by the state’s standards), she has a summer birthday and I’d rather she graduate from high school at 18 and not 17. So I’m giving myself this year to learn the ropes of homeschooling.
I gotta tell you, by Monday morning at 9 AM, I was ready to throw in the towel. Ella was so excited she wanted to do everything I had planned! For the week! And little brother was not happy that his playmate was otherwise occupied (even though I had activities for him to do) so he sat on the floor crying. It was utter chaos and there were only two of them.
But after thinking and talking with my sister Monday evening, I realized that Ella needs hands on activities and lots of them. So Tuesday went better. I tossed the coloring pages because she really hates coloring, always has and I see no point in it on an educational level anyway. Instead, we used glitter glue on everything. Jesus walking on water… in purple glitter glue.
Despite my lack of experience and frustration, Ella got it. She absolutely amazed me. She learned the letters “T” and “I” and the number “1” and how to write them — an remembered without review the following days! We learned about igloos and made ice cream for “I”. Ella “read” the book of the week (Red, Red, Red) over and over to Miles — the two of them sitting on the couch together reading and talking. In the end, it all worked out and I definitely have a better idea of what I’m doing and what my kids need.This article may contain affiliate links.