Our daughter is a very active, outgoing and strong-willed 4 year old who has recently been really having some discipline and attitude issues. After some time and prayer I came to realize that this change in behavior has a lot to do with mommy always being “busy” and not setting time aside for her.
I knew that I was failing terribly at spending quality time with her. It was starting to show in her attitude and behavior. I knew that something had to change and I needed to take a hard look at my priorities as a work-at-home mom. I didn’t want my work to become more important than my main job – raising and caring for our children. I’ve been keeping them busy not spending time with them. Keeping them busy is not how you raise children, that’s how you entertain them (granted there are times for busy activities, cartoons and independent play and those times are important).
Claire loves to play school or do “homework” (worksheets & coloring pages). I knew that she would love structured homeschool, so we tried it. She loved it. I was amazed how well she listened and how she completed each task without much drama. I knew we were on to something good! That settled it. We are starting by doing about 3 days a week during Caleb, our 2 1/2 year old’s, nap time. I’m hoping to include Caleb our 2 1/2 year old. He is quite advanced and can already identify all letters, colors and shapes and I think he would love doing ‘school time’.
So I decided to pull out the pre-school curriculum that I purchased last year. The Letter of the Week Curriculum is a very simple and straight forward (and inexpensive) way to start doing some homeschooling with your preschooler. I had wanted to do this last year but life got in the way. I got busy and I never got started. Well last week I jumped back in! I started to get everything printed off and then my laminator got a great workout.
Tonight I even started to set up a preschool area. I’m using part of our sunroom where my office is also located. I’m hoping to set up Workboxes (a concept I love!). Tomorrow I’ll go through the house grabbing books, puzzles and finding manipulatives that I can use and organize them in our preschool room.
Having a plan.
Unfortunately it is not in my nature to do this without a plan. I am a planner by nature so I needed a system. The Letter of the Week Curriculum is a great place for me to start but I’m hoping to find a great Bible, History and Science program to add to the basic system.
Share Your experience and recommendations!
This is just the beginning but I’m excited that I’m already seeing improvements in Claire’s attitude. I’d love to hear your ideas and tips! Homeschooling might not be our plan for our children’s entire education, however, while I am home with them I want to be spending the time to teach them.
I would love to hear your suggestions, if you use a curriculum that you love – Share it!