I'm getting out of blogging practice. Can I even do this anymore? Well, writing dorky, incoherent blog posts never stopped me in the past, so daggummit, I won't let it stop me now.
(That is the first time I have ever used the dubious word "daggummit.")
(And hopefully the last.)
SO, I can't remember if I ever announced this on the blog or not, but we've decided to homeschool Josiah for the time being. "For the time being" meaning we will just keep on homeschooling until there is some reason we need to do otherwise.
Seeing that Josiah is not even three years old yet (not for five more days, OH GOSH MY BABY IS TURNING THREE IN FIVE DAYS NONONONOOOOO!) we aren't really doing a whole lot of actual schooling. I am pretty much just doing what we have been doing all along: letting him play and be a little kid! Thankfully, he is super interested in letters, numbers, colors, shapes, reading, and creative play all on his own - so he does not require a lot of coaxing or directing!
In addition to all his own self-directed play, however, I do give him enrichment activities. We are doing Kumon workbooks that lay the foundation for writing and coloring. I have amassed a few fine motor activities for him to do, like lacing cards and play-doh. We go outside with soccer balls or to a playground nearly everyday for gross motor activities. And I am using LeapFrog and other educational videos to teach some concepts. (Yes I am using TV! Judge away, but my 2 year-old is already learning phonics and math, so I am not sorry one bit.)
Oh - and we are doing a homeschool co-op!
One day a week, we meet at a church with about 20 other families to do school together. The co-op includes a pre-school as well as elementary-aged kids up to age 7. I help teach the preschool, and if you are curious what a homeschool co-op is all about...well, ours is pretty much like a normal preschool. It starts with circle time, where we introduce the letter and theme of the day. We sing songs and read a story. Then we move to the craft table to do a craft related to the theme of the day. After craft time, the kids are given some free-play time to use blocks, play kitchen, etc. After about half an hour of free-play, we give the kids a snack. During snack time, the kids listen to the classical piece, Peter and the Wolf. Then, if weather allows, we go outside for gross motor play. If the weather isn't good, we give the kids the option of free-play or doing a fine-motor activity.
Pretty much your typical pre-school stuff.
I am super thankful that we are able to begin Josiah's education this way. Even if we don't homeschool in the long-term (and there are lots of reasons why we might not), I can just tell that what we are doing for him right now is working. And that's all that really matters.