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James and I have always planned on homeschooling the girls. James was homeschooled and I went to public school. We both feel that we can teach our children not only the skills they would learn in school but lessons that are not always taught in a classroom setting.
I am not trying to turn my girls into Little Einsteins. In fact, Cakey already knows some of the things we are going to start teaching. This is just going to be a little more formal and much more organized.
I plan on having themes each week featuring a different letter, number, shape, and/or color. We will be using books (of course!), puzzles, and coloring sheets that James is drawing for us. I also have some art projects I plan on trying out with her. If they work out I will share them with you. We also plan on incorporating letters, numbers, shapes, and colors into our meals, along with pointing them out on our walks, and playing games like “I Spy.”
I also want to read two new books each week to the girls. I am trying to find books that are close to the themes of each week. Also, I want to try and find books in Spanish and French to read to the girls. Hopefully, we will be able to save up to buy the resources to start teaching the girls Spanish and French this spring. I plan on taking the girls on an educational outing each month (i.e. zoos, aquariums, nature preserves, museums, libraries, etc…).
See, nothing too crazy! I am just trying to make the best use out of the time we have together. Cakey (and Pie) want to learn new things. I only plan on spending 10-15 minutes at a time going over these things because let’s face it toddlers have the attention span of that dog from Up! (you know the one that is talking and then all of a sudden goes “Squirrel!” and takes off after it).
Do you homeschool? What’s your plan look like for this year?
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