I'm homeschooling my daughter Ashley. She's in grade one this year. Last year, I was her kindergarten teacher, also at home.
One thing is for sure. It is never boring. Not for me anyways. Every day brings new challenges, surprises and rewards.
When Ashley was younger, it was never my intention to have her in homeschool. It was probably the furthest thing from my mind. I've worked in the public school system for eight years as a Teacher's Assistant.
Due to many reasons, of which I'm not going to get into here in this hub, I find myself with the task of providing her education. It's not something I take lightly. There's a whole world of things to teach her. Which ones should we work on first? How will we get everything that I want her to experience in the lessons?
Math, Language Arts, Science, Social, Life Skills, Phys Ed., Arts and Crafts, Music, Technology, Story time, Time to Play all make up our curriculum. Building blocks, games, whiteboard, desks and bulletin boards are just a few of our supplies. It's been interesting trying to find the needed materials along with fresh ideas for new items. Man, is there ever a lot out there. Various websites, educational stores and toy stores have lots to offer. Some of the things you find in the strangest places, especially when you are not looking for them.
I'd have to say the most needed ingredients are love and patience. Did I forget to say a sense of humor? Don't have that and you're sunk, even before you start.
You also don't need to spend tons of money on things, just take a look around your house, your yard, the local park. Grab an apple, cut it in half, teach the concept of fractions. Use a grocery store or any other store flyer or catalogue, cut out pictures and these can be used in any number of ways, from teaching addition and subtraction facts, to estimating, sequencing, spelling, printing, phonics .. the list goes on and on.
Don't be too hard on yourself. Don't expect to be perfect or for things to run smoothly all of the time. They won't. Follow your child's lead, children have different learning styles, attention spans, interests, etc.
Gotta go and prepare some school material. After all, it won't be long and it will be another day of homeschooling. :)
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