Don't get me wrong, it's not that I am against Public Schooling or that I think I can teach my child better than anyone else can. It's more that I feel one-on-one teaching produces far better results than that of 1-16(or more!) teaching. We did heavily explore the Montessori route, which we really loved, but financially it just isn't something in the budget for quite a while. And since we are planning on four children, thats 4x more than we can afford. And the Waldorf Schools seemed fitting for us as well, but in the same money boat at Montessori.
I'm also being realistic that this may be something that works for now, but it may not work as well when more babies enter the picture. Then again, by then the 2 in the house now will be older so the dynamic I will be dealing with will be different. I (we) are taking this adventure one day at a time.
Why am I posting this now?
Well, because starting next week School is in session!
I know, I know. Trust me, I know. He's "only 2". But I really don't understand why he should be limited to learning & gaining knowledge just because he is/isn't a certain age. And I also know that not all children are the same. They each have their own strengths & weaknesses. But my son is a sponge for knowledge. I've been getting "What's that?" since he was 18 months. And he isn't asking just
But I feel it's time for a little more structure. More of a routine. So after months of gathering info, I decided to jump right on in.
So this weekend we rearranged our Learn & Play room to have a little less play & a lot more LEARN.
I also typed up a weekly schedule & a monthly calendar to track what we are doing. As of now, the game plan is to work on a new letter, color & number a week. And it will all tie in to a monthly Theme. There will also be other "subjects" mixed in like: Arts & Crafts, Science Exploration, Kitchen Class, Library, Life Skills & everyone's favorite.. Field Trips!
Here's a planner I made to keep track of the what & when during the week.
Hopefully I can post some updates as we move along on this new journey. There are still a few finishing touches to add to the room, so I should be able to post some pictures in the next couple days.
I am beyond excited, nervous, anxious, thrilled, terrified & eager to get started. First Day of School...ready or not, here we COME!