It’s funny. I never even fathomed the idea of homeschooling my kids when I was little. I dreamed about what it would be like to be a wife and mom, but in those dreams at around 4 or 5, my kids were in school. Well, hubby and I have decided that homeschooling our kids is something we really would prefer to do for many reasons. So after my son’s first year, I started to wonder when should you start to homeschool?
At the moment, my son is only 20 months old, so I wasn’t sure when to actually begin formally homeschooling him. Would it be practical to start at 4 since that is when I started preschool? But then I learned that my state doesn’t require your child to be registered until he or she is 6. You can learn about the rules and getting legal support in your state here. I am about 4 years away from my first born being 6 so I can bookmark this for later, but this still didn’t answer my question as to when I should start. I was confused.
So I started to read forums and do searches for toddler activities. Most activities seemed to be more suited for older toddlers. And then, I came across a few forums that really put things into perspective for me. I realized that all parents homeschool their children. Even after your kids go to school, you don’t stop teaching them life lessons because they are attending school. Homeschooling is a lifestyle. It’s not about having a formal, confined room to teach your children their ABCs or how to count and learn shapes and colors as it is about teaching them these things and so many other lessons through everyday circumstances.
There are crafts that you can do if you want ideas to get you started. I frequently pin all types and crafts and activities on The Kids Corner board that I have on Pinterest.
I was happy that I did my research because I’m confident that JR and I are doing great things each day to help him learn. Here are some things we are doing below at his age:
- He thinks he colors. I bought him coloring books and crayons. I have to watch him with it because he tries to put the crayons in his mouth sometimes.
- We have flash cards so I can show him images and get him to repeat words.
- I read to him. Usually they are short stories in hard covers so they can last longer.
- We have stickers and he likes to put them on construction paper.
- We play together with some old household containers and objects apart from just his toys and cars. Talking during this playtime together is great for language skills.
- He helps me with laundry and any other chores around the house that he can like moving the rugs out of the bathroom so I can clean. I use natural cleaners now so I’m not too hysterical about him hanging around while I clean this particular area.
- He also knows how to use the iPad. He watches educational shows on PBS that help kids to read and that teach great concepts about life. We plan on getting him ABC Mouse at around 2 years old.
- When we go outside I talk to him about nature and the different things that he sees.
You see, our homeschool journey has already begun.
Did you have any preconceived notions about homeschool before reading this?
As a homeschooler, since all parents are, what are some fun things that you’ve done with your kids that you noticed right away taught them something?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!