I guess the natural progression of being a full time mom includes having to homeschool your children. I don’t agree. Homeschooling is not for every parent or every child.
Pressuring a full time parent to homeschool is not fair. Especially if it’s coming from someone whose child is in daycare, academy, parochial, or public school. It’s usually parents that are “not at-home” that bring up the idea of homeschooling.
“I envy the time you get to spend with your kids. But I could never do it.”
Well, be quiet, go about your day and stop trying to re-organize my life when you don’t know the sacrifice it takes to be a full-time parent and instructor for your children.
Don’t get me wrong. I love learning and a firm believer in affording a child all the advantages of expanding their minds. But the constant questions of whether my preschoolers are being educated while “at-home” can become a bit much.
I have twin 3 year-olds and get questioned quite often about their educational opportunities…
“Are you going to put them in private school to get ready for kindergarten?”
No, I took them out of private school to save money and eliminate the need to commute.
“Do you know they have to be ready for kindergarten?”
Yes, I know that.
“What about pre-K? They can start school at 4 years old.”
Probably not. I like the freedom of not having to fight “school” traffic and our current relaxed learning schedule.
Because I keep up with what my little ones are learning and what’s envolved in their daytime activities, I’m just not feeling the urgency to homeschool. There would have to be external factors to support my decision to homeschool, not the learning capabilities of my two preschoolers.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Are you worried if your preschooler will be ready for kindergarten? No need to fret. You can make your home life a learning environment. Adding a few basic techniques to your day will help to keep your toddler on track.
I’m a full-time mom and our daily routine includes these activities and more…
–Assigning chores to help with following instructions
–Day trips to the museum or story-time at the local library
–Going outside to find “hidden treasures”, gardening and insect collection
–Going to the park for an adventure, exercise and fun
–Listening to music for dancing and creativity
–Outings to the department store to learn different clothing and household items
–Participating in birthday parties or holiday celebrations to build socialization skills
–Play dates with friends
–Reading books to enhance vocabulary skills
–Set-up an area at home to keep books, work, games and arts and craft activities
–Trips to the grocery store to learn foods, packaging, and currency
–Watching educational videos and age-appropriate television
If you’re not sure what your preschooler should know, search the Internet or go to your local bookstore for age-appropriate workbooks. This will give you an idea of the kinds of activities to include in your day.
You can also purchase “homeschooling” material online or at your local “homeschooling” store. And you can find out the type of curriculum you would have to follow for your state’s requirements if you do decide to homeschool. Note: You can start homeschooling at any time during the school year.
Reading, Reading, Reading
The number one activity that can build your child’s learning ability and skill is READING. Read to your small child every day even though they don’t know the word and have yet to understand the concept. They will love the stories and began to tie the picture together with the words. Hearing you read and slowly learning it’s the words that are communicating the ideas, they will want to learn to read.
During the day, you can incorporate reading in many different ways.
-Books and Comics
-Food labels and Store circulars
-Magazines and Newspapers
-Billboards and Street signs, etc., etc., etc., It doesn’t matter what you read; just read and make it fun.
Children are learning anytime they are engaged in play, activities, or even conversation. You can re-enforce learning with question-and-answer sessions. Also letting the child come up with ideas and completing simple tasks by themselves can increase their understanding.
These learning techniques will enhance your child’s skills so they are ready for elementary education. And also build skills that will support secondary and high school level education.
I have older children that are quite successful in the public school system and post-high school curriculum. Having always supplemented my kids’ education with activities at home, I have never been too concerned about homeschooling.
If you’re a full-time mom, don’t feel pressured to homeschool. You’ll know if homeschooling is right for you and your child. Keep it light and fun and the tender young mind will be drawn to learn and won’t even know it.
I’ll decide when the toddlers become school age if homeschooling is right for us. Until then I’m going to enjoy the time we get to spend together.