If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be preparing to homeschool, I would have given you major side eye and gone on a rant about the failures of homeschool. As a high school teacher, I had many homeschool transfers who were so far behind academically that they needed extensive tutoring to catch up. I had limited views inside what a homeschool day looked like, but what I did see (or heard about) set me firmly against it.
After having children, my husband and I decided that I would quit teaching and stay at home with the kids. I started thinking about where they would go to school and realized my options were less than ideal. The school districts where we live weren’t even an option in my mind, but moving to a better district wasn’t an option either. The word “homeschool” repeatedly popped into my head, and I kept pushing it aside as too ridiculous to even consider.
One afternoon, as I was searching for better options, I came across Classical Education. It was like a neon light went off in my head saying “YES!” At that moment, homeschool went from being ridiculous to being the solution.
From then on out, I read everything I could about the classical method. I began collecting lists of resources and scouring Pinterest for like-minded homeschool blogs to follow. Up until now, I have been studying and organizing information, but now that my kids are toddlers, I have begun to write a curriculum. We won’t officially start a structured homeschool with them until they are 4, but the planning phase can be tedious and the thought of “winging it” gives me a major case of anxiety.
In the fall, when my daughter is 2 1/2 and my son is 3 1/2, we will begin to implement a loosely-structured preschool. They will have a morning routine of Bible time and individual work consisting of weekly activity trays in the style of the 1+1+1=1 blog. Depending on the day, we will have a focus of Math, Literacy, Science, Art, or Physical Education with short, focused activities. Mostly, though, they will have plenty of opportunities for child-led play, reading, and helping with appropriate tasks around the house. In short, they will ease into a homeschool routine.