Friday, July 31, 2009

Consuming my thoughts



Homeschooling my 1st grader is all I can think about. (Yes, she is barely 5, but she finished a kindergarten math book at the age of 4, can read almost any book she wants...including mine, and was begging me to start first grade.) How could I tell her no. I take this responsibility pretty seriously. Just like we consider our children's eating habits, exposure to tv, (or lack of!) vaccinations with great thought and consideration for what is best for them. Bill and I put a lot of thought and time into choosing books and curriculum for Abbie (and Jameson.) This time around, we didn't choose a "boxed curriculum" where everything but the kitchen sink is included. I have to use the books we chose to make my own lesson plans and plan out library visits, field trips, and schedule our morning. I never understood what was so hard about being a teacher until now! So this is what I spend my evenings doing, and I never really thought I would enjoy it as much as I am. I am looking forward to starting in a few weeks after swim lessons are over. Now, I need to figure out what to do with the 15 month old during school time. Thoughts?

5 comments:

Lauren S. said...

homeschooling is all i think about too now!

your last question? well there's the kicker.

Jamie said...

do the hard stuff during nap time? Just finished day 1 of the homeschooling conference today :) So this is an apropos post.

Jamie said...

Oh, and congrats on your good reader there! That's a big accomplishment.

Therese said...

Abbie is amazing and she has an amazing mom who works so hard to be a great teacher and mommy!

A. said...

Hey Jenny - I was curious what bookyou used when you were teaching Abby to read. Was it "An Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading"? I believe it was Therese who told me about you using somethign particular and that it really worked for Abby. She's really very advanced! What a special little girl. :)