Before we even had kids, Tim and I began talking about homeschooling. Neither of us had a fantastic experience in school and I feel like it has only gotten worse. I didn’t want my kids to hate school. I didn’t want them to feel dumb or not good enough. Or memorize facts for some test that won’t matter in their lives in a week. I want them to find passion. I want them to be interested to learn how things work and see learning as fun and adventurous. The best way for us would be to homeschool. Once Tempest started to get bigger it is obvious that she will need a little more room than the classroom provides. She is extremely active and very stubborn. I don’t think I could get her to sit at a desk for 8 hours if I physically taped her to the chair. She would just be running around with a chair taped to her.
There is a weird thing that happens when you decide to homeschool before you actually have kids, mainly, there is an awkward time in between your child’s birth and the time they are school age. You very much feel like a homeschool mom, but you aren’t technically homeschooling yet. But that didn’t mean that I wasn’t teaching my children the foundations that our homeschooling will be based on.
So now, Tempest has reached the pre-school age and we have begun our “official” preschool homeschooling. We’ve decided to start with something that resembles the “unschooling” movement. Mostly because at this point, pre-pre-school and pre-school age, they really should be focused on playing, not on worksheet or skill and drill stuff. This could possibly change in the future, but we are a take it one day at a time type people.
Our earliest focus has been on colors and letters. We actually taught Tempest her letters mostly on accident. We received a set of foam bath letters as a gift and throughout bath time would ask Tempest what color it was. We would start talking about the letters. She eventually started telling us what they were (and then telling Alice).
It isn’t important that our children get all the right answers, or know everything all at the same time. Alice is just learning letters. She knows about half, half she doesn’t. And that works for us. What we do is encourage their learning. We have letters all over the place. We love letters. And try to have them all over our house. It helps the girls learn. But what is more important is that its fun.
We hope to keep up this speed and allow our learning to be fun. Even if sometimes it takes awhile. I hope to also share my homeschooling adventure with you all.
If you’re interested in what toys we like, check out below for mine and the girls’ favorite letter toys: (These links contain affiliate links and we may make a commission, but we are sharing because we love them and would not promote a product that we don’t support)