For those of you that don’t know, this past Monday we started something big in our house. HOME SCHOOLING. EEEEK!!
A little bit of history: I was home schooled. “But Krista, you’re so social and normal!” Oh stop it…ok, go on….
No, really. I was home schooled until my parents were divorced. Then I was thrown into the abyss of Metro Miami Florida public schools. It was traumatizing. I went from Mama’s Girl to Yo Mama in 4.3 seconds.
But, the nice thing about my educational history is that I got a pretty fair taste of both worlds. I give all the credit to my mom – she may be nuts, but she’s an amazing educator and she dedicated our entire childhood years to teaching us and giving us every opportunity possible. I watched her lose herself in our homeschooling – staying up late every night to prepare for school the next day, driving us from dance to 4H club, to karate class, to art lessons all the while leaving no time for herself.
So, when Judah was first born, everyone always asked if we were going to homeschool. I decided I didn’t want to be like my mom and dedicate all that time to homeschooling (because I thought that was the only way to do it). I spent the next three years swearing I would never homeschool.
Gueeeessss Whaaaat..??? Not only are we homeschooling this year, but I’m LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT.
And if any of you know me, then um…duh. Yes I am consumed by it. I’m a perfectionist. I would expect nothing less. But, I don’t mind.
My kids are the most important thing in my life and I’m OK with that.
Judah went to an amazing Montessori Preschool last year that I will continue to rave about, but something wasn’t quite right with his behavior during the year. I had a mommy instinct. I felt like Judah needed to stay home and be with me. I felt like he needed my attention. And since I have the amazing luxury (hah – unbrushed teeth and a shower every 3.5 days is a luxury?) of staying home with my kids, there was no reason he HAD to go back to school.
Well…Let’s just say my Mommy Instinct couldn’t have been more on par!
Here are just a few pictures to capture the last three AMAZING days. Judah has soaked up every second of school and every minute of my full attention. I have had to drag him out of our classroom every day, an hour later than I was expecting to be done with school. And every afternoon after quiet time, he has asked to go back down stairs to do more school!
We are studying “Things that go” for our first two weeks, so a lot of things are transportation-themed.
Table setting lesson.
Washing a boat with a toothbrush
Driving cars on the letters J-U-D-A-H. A favorite of his.
Water dyeing lesson – starting with our primary colors and then making secondary colors by mixing them. I think he did this lesson 7 times in two days. Definitely his favorite of all.
Judah is sitting on our “Peace Mat” where he will go if we are having a hard time listening or we have made a bad choice. It’s our version of time out.
Dex decided there was no reason for Judah to be on the Peace Mat all by himself! Such a little cutie!!!
Moveable alphabet – this was all Judah’s idea and he wanted to write his friends names.
Our version of the spindle lesson. I found these awesome transportation-themed pasta at Burlington Coat Factory. So random!
Re-creating patterns using beads and pipe cleaner. I made a bunch of patterns before hand and printed the pictures at Target.
Lining up cars by size – smallest to biggest, etc.
We have probably spent 4 hours playing with our transportation language farm, but somehow I have failed to get a picture. Probably because we have been having so much fun! But today, he pulled out his Barn and asked for the farm animals. We aren’t studying “farm” for a few more weeks, so I wasn’t prepared, but it ended up being so much better! We made all the felt accessories together and he told me what he wanted – water, fence, food bowls, hay – he LOVED it!
Then I pulled out the language farm labels, not sure how he would react to them. Man, he thought that was even cooler!!
A math lesson I picked up at the teacher store last year. He really enjoyed it and he ended up turning it into a pattern lesson as well all on his own.
Oh, the things I have already learned from him!! I am so excited to watch this little smartie’s progress this year.
Our classroom is almost complete (waiting on a few back ordered items from Montessori Outlet) and then I will post pictures of our new room! I’m kinda in love with it 🙂