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 🙂