Yesterday I unofficially started my youngest with the alphabet. He colored the uppercase and lowercase “Aa” and learned about some animals that started with the same letter. He already knows the alphabet but I decided I’d try to introduce the letters anyway. My oldest pretty much knows all the letter sounds and can write them on demand. She can read a few words but that’s pretty much it. Her activity was a review of the alphabet. We printed out the alphabet on a sheet of 8.5 x 11″ paper and slipped it a menu cover so she can erase and rewrite it with a dry erase marker as often as she likes.
I’m getting more confident about the idea of homeschooling. It helps that the Kindergarten age is here for my oldest. No longer do I feel like I have to make excuses or apologize for wanting to do this. The truth is, I have wanted to do this for a long time — just haven’t had the courage to speak up about it until now. I mean, I still say — well we’re going to go the co-op route (to appease the naysayers vying for the social argument) but I haven’t mustered up the brain power to fully investigate it yet. It’s on my list of things to do.
It will be a learning process for me too. And there are so many resources available — it’s almost overwhelming. I ended up not going to the state homeschooling convention this year– our current priorities list took over. Instead, I’m starting with some free resources that I found at Confessions from a Homeschooler and other general inspiration from around the world wide web. I’ve also checked out several homeschooling-themed books to get my inspiration flowing. For my personal knowledge about teaching kids — I’m starting with free courses on PBS Learning Media and Sesame Street in Communities. Two great sites that I’ve known about for a long time but can actively participate in since my “provider” status three years ago.
Today is Day 2 – we’re going to continue our learning with the letter “Bb” coloring sheet and review A and B for both kids with our My First BOB Books: Pre-Reading Skills books. And as we ramp up our curriculum — I’m going to keep track of what we’re doing in each subject area with our new colorful hanging organizer. Hopefully this can help corral my never-ending stream of ideas. I also came up with a weekly template of our different learning areas several months ago that I laminated that I plan on using more regularly.