Posted on February 3, 2012
We started a very laid back preschool at home this year. I am really laid back about structured learning with young kids because I want my boys to be kids for as long as possible. I want them to explore things and figure things out on their own and just have fun. Carson would start Kindergarten this next school year and I honestly can’t imagine my child having to be in school 8 hours at 5 years old. Sometimes I feel like this world is so “hurry up and grow up” that it bothers me.
I had planned on really waiting until Carson was closer to 6 before we started any “schooling” but he asked me to teach him to read. My boys love books and Carson has many of his favorite books memorized and will read them to me. He seems to be pushing me much more than I want him too but he is an eager little one so I’m following his lead. I’m a little OCD when it comes to organizing so of course I had to sit down and get a game plan in place. I’m one of those people that makes lists of my list 🙂 It’s a horrible habit! I had several weeks of stuff planned out for us just to see how it goes. It was fun stuff and we were using the “workbox” system.
I’ve made plans and guess what? We are not following them, LOL. We have been doing some reading lessons and they take 5-10 minutes. If we do other stuff it’s strictly because he is asking. I have ordered a few things for him and will plan out some stuff for kindergarten but plan on following his lead with it. We will mainly focus on reading, writing and math.
A typical day around here looks like this
and a lot of this 🙂
Posted on February 3, 2012
Carson had Taekwondo testing tonight. He tested for his brown stripe belt. He has been taking Taekwondo for almost a year and he loves it. I can’t believe he is going to be 5 in a few months. Where has the time gone? He is such a gentle boy, unless he is wrestling his brother :). He has a big heart and a smile that melts me. He is a great helper and actually enjoys helping. I told him I didn’t want him to get too big so he said he would stop eating. LOL! He is also a FUNNY little boy.
A couple of memories from today that I would like to remember. One is a huge army helicopter that kept circling over the house. We’ve seen it before but today it fly by 3 times. It was so low and we were all running around in the yard yelling and waving our hands. They were so excited. Another thing is all the chickens were out in the front yard and the boys kept running around with them. They would bend down and dare the chickens to peck them 🙂 I love just sitting back sometimes and watching them.