So, I’ve been doing a lot of research on kindergarten curriculum for Maya. She’s already begun to read, but we haven’t done much else, in terms of formal training. To be honest, it’s all a little overwhelming. There are so many great homeschool bloggers out there, especially classical method homeschoolers, who seem so knowledgeable. It’s a bit daunting, reading their annual plans spreadsheets, curriculum choices and details, and goals (both short- and long-term). It makes me feel so behind.
On the other hand, I’ve always thought that homeschool should fit your child, and I shouldn’t have to worry so much about all of this. I should choose things she’s ready for (phonics, writing, math, for example) and work them into our daily lives. We can call it “school” now, or we can wait until later. But the real grind doesn’t need to start so early. Especially with a baby on the way.
My philosophy on starting school has been that age six is a good time to start kindergarten. Letting a kid just play and be a part of our family life is really important–rushing them into school just because I’m eager is not so important. But what do I do when my four-year-old is reading, and I’m not sure I want to “start school” yet? Do I just keep on with the phonics, and pick a few other interesting kindergarten-like things to focus on, and remain laid-back? Can I even do that? I like to jump into things head first and give it my all.
My personality is very driven and competitive, such that I feel like I need to keep up with whatever all the other classical homeschoolers are doing, and perhaps do it differently or better. It’s a temptation I struggle with. I also struggle with envying other moms who are more organized, or who have more experience (where can I buy some of that?), or who seem to know it all.
Just thoughts tonight. I’m excited to homeschool, but I want to do it right.