Ahhhhhh! Can you believe it? Remember that post I wrote back in February about homeshooling? Well, we are officially on board! That post generated so many helpful comments and suggestions, that I knew what was tugging at my heartstrings was meant to be. I’m so thankful to have you all to discuss them with. :)
This will be a serious commitment, take up much of my work time since I have 2 businesses from home, but I believe it’s the right thing to do, and what’s right for our family. I am willing to get over my selfish desires to be kid-free on some of those “hard” days, and I am actually looking forward to TEACHING my children. Whew, I have a lot to learn. And a lot that I’m sure I’ll call my mom about. :)
Many people do it, and do it successfully. And after all, this is just kindergarten. We will take homeschooling year by year and evaluate how everyone is doing. If mommy and child are just terribly pathetic and miserable, then we will re-evaluate. We won’t be damaging Emma’s social environment or development because really, how much socialization do you need at 5 years old?! She can socialize with her crazy 2 year old sister is what I say. ;)
I am pretty sold on ordering the Sonlight Curriculum. I feel I need everything laid out for me especially during this first year. I can’t write lesson plans every day and know what to do, so that’s why I want this spelled out in baby steps for me. Sonlight seemed like a happy medium between having some of the work done for you, while also being able to work from home, which is what I do. My friend Ashley from The Handmade Home uses Sonlight, and I’ve bothered her enough with hundreds of questions, but she has really enjoyed it thus far so if we completely fail at this, I blame her. :)
For the Homeschool Room:
Well that’s up in the air still.
Do I use our gameroom and dedicate part of it for the classroom, or do a full out classroom in the extra bedroom upstairs? Is it necessary to have a computer handy and tv? If so, then we should be in the gameroom. I can always add that stuff in the spare bedroom, but I don’t know if we really need it up there or not?
My thinking was that it would be good if me and Emma could do school in the gameroom while Ellie hopefully plays and occupies herself, but again, that’s a gamble. You don’t know how she will be from one day to the next. ;)
The thoughts of making the spare room into a fun homeschool room excites me, but I want my husband to have a place too that he can go and work in peace. So that’s why I am wondering if the gameroom would be sufficient if we dedicated half of that room to school.
What say you? Clearly I need help mommas.