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I never thought I would be a homeschooling mom. When I thought of having children, I never imagined specifics. I knew I wanted to stay home and that’s about it. I definitely never imagined trusting God with how many we were to have or that I would school all of them!
But the teacher in me is pretty excited about starting our homeschool journey this year! I will admit I am a bit nervous. But with all the incredible resources out there, along with all the encouraging blogs, I at least have a solid, do-able plan for the year!
For those of you here for the first time, let me do a quick introduction. Currently, I have three girls under age four and expecting baby #4 in early January. Brylee and Cambria turn 4 and 3 in early November and Hayleigh will be 18 months at that time too.
We have been doing “tot school” a little here and there, but Brylee is definitely ready for a more structured learning setting. Therefore, we have decided to try out a preschool program I have pieced together this year.
Our primary two main resources for preschool this year are…
Raising Rock Stars Preschool (RRSP)… a FREE preschool program with great downloads and ideas. Focuses on Bible memorization, letter recognition and sounds, vocabulary, handwriting, sight words, cutting and pasting. A great letter of the week program! Below I list more resources over at 1+1+1=1 we will be using.
Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR)… a literature-based program that introduces and dissects one picture book a week or two at a time. We bought a used copy of the handbook offline and will check out whatever books we don’t have at home from the library each week. I used this list to help match up the books to the letter of the week from RRSP. The activities suggested in the handbook are simple yet packed with learning. Below I list more resources we will use to go along with B4FIAR.
Other resources we will be using to supplement and add to our learning…
- Calendar & Circle Time (post coming soon!)
- We Choose Virtues for character training (check our our review!)
- My ABC Bible Verses for RRSP
- Color by Number Sight Words from 1+1+1=1
- Color by Number ABC’s from 1+1+1=1
- Education Cubes & RRSP insert cards
- Lapbooks from Homeschool Share for our B4FIAR books, hoping to create a binder similar to this one from Delightful Learning
- Literature-based printable preschool packs from Homeschool Share
- LOTW printables, ABC review games, Number & Shapes review games from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Various Kumon books*
- Math Play!*
- Alphabet Cooking Cards* to go along with letter of the week
- Free Piano Lessons for Kids
- Lots of learning toys we have bought from our garage sale trips!
We aren’t officially starting until after Labor Day in September. I am hoping to have each week planned and materials printed, ready to go by then! I’ll be sure to share with you once it’s finished! Below is a sneak peek.
The plan is to let Cambria and Hayleigh tag along and join in with whatever they feel like doing. I hope to continue doing “tot school” with them but have it go along with what we are doing in preschool with Brylee.
Some may feel that Brylee is too young for such structured “school” but she shows immense signs of eagerness and readiness. I feel like I need to capitalize on that and try something out. Plus, if she were in a preschool full or even part-time, there would be parts of her day that were structured for specific learning time.
We still will have lots of learning through play, because after all, I do have lots of littles! Our goal is to see how this year works out, see how Brylee takes to it, and how it works for our family. We may decide to do a little less as the year goes on or tweak some things here and there.
My philosophy since becoming a parent has always been “One day a time”. Since life is constantly changing, what I plan for today may not work for tomorrow. And I have learned to be ok with that, be flexible and figure out what will work instead!
Check back with us next week to get a peek into our playroom, school area and how we organize all of our stuff that goes with it!