This summer, I’ve been able to telecommute for work from home on Monday and Friday and Anya attended summer camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I have a great boss! Well, then Anya fractured her ankle so I’ll be working from home at least until the 19th every day. When I found out I was able to work from home on Monday and Friday I wanted to make it fun for her to be home, but also to learn. Now, I’m not drowning her in work, but I do have a flexible schedule in place. I bought her two 1st Grade workbooks for reading and math for $3.99 at Borders. She is going to Kindergarten in the fall, but since her pre-k class was so advanced the books for kindergarten were actually too easy. She loves the books and actually looks forward to doing 2-3 pages a day. She actually said to me she likes summer camp but she wants to keep learning! Wow, I was happy about that! Here is a our flexible schedule we follow:
- Get Dressed
- Free Time
- Reading Workbook
- Math Workbook
- Free Time
- Crafts are switched out with science projects and music appreciation
- Bible Study
- Reading- She’s working on reading one whole book by herself
We also will do field trips such as plays, puppet shows, museums, and gardens that I’m fitting in on my lunch hour. Since she hurt her foot I’m going day by day with the field trips. I immensely enjoy being home with my daughter and teaching her while she’s home. I really see the value in homeschooling. I know this isn’t homeschooling and it would be much more challenging, but I feel like I’m getting a little taste of it and see the benefits.
Good friends of our family have been homeschooling since there children have reached school age and they are doing great! I know how hard she works to teach her children and some of the sacrifices she’s had to make and I’m in complete awe of her. I felt as though if I homeschooled my child would miss the social interaction that’s necessary at this age. However, once you put them in enrichment classes I believe that void is filled. Will I home school? If I was able to work at home and devote the proper amount of time, absolutely! My perception has been altered and now I’m wishing this was feasible! So ode to all you home school moms out there!! I admire you for your dedication to your children’s education!!