If we are still living overseas by the time our three-year-old daughter starts kindergarten, we will be homeschooling. There’s actually still a chance we’d be doing that even if we’re back in the States – we’re still not sure. But regardless of what educational path we take, the topic of homeschooling fascinates me, so I enjoy learning about it – and there are resources all over the internet.
My daughter has an insatiable appetite for learning right now, and I love this early stage, when it’s fun to make every experience into a learning one. Letters, numbers, shapes, textures, songs, animals, sports, art, nature… everything is interesting to her. And she wants to soak it all in.
Needless to say, I want to take advantage of this interest and do what I can to expand her horizons, yet do it in a casual, everyday way that doesn’t pressure her academically. She’s only three, after all.
So I’m still exploring, but here are some useful tools I’ve found around the internet lately.
I’m fairly certain we’ll take a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling (all plans subject to change, of course). And oddly enough, one of the tenets of this method is to not start formal schooling too early – that the preschool years should mostly be spent playing (outdoors, preferably), helping around the house, and pointing their natural love of learning towards life skills.
Here’s another free curriculum, though I haven’t yet researched it.
And Simply Charlotte Mason is a great resource, complete with a wonderful database, but for some reason, I can’t access it at the moment. (I’m sure it’s temporary, since I was able to get there yesterday.)
These are some really helpful articles about how to do the Charlotte Mason method well.
In the meantime, this site has a lot of good preschool activities for the home.
And finally, there are lots of good links for rabbit trailing here.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what I’ve found. I’m not yet ready to defend my position on education, what we will and will not do, or what method is ideal. I’m a baby in this homeschooling world, really. I loved my public school education, so I’m not opposed to that, either. In the meantime, however, no matter what route of school we’ll take, I want to prepare my kids well for a lifetime of learning.
Art by Jana Christy