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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To homeschool or not?

That is the question. To homeschool or not has been a HUGE and I mean HUGE topic in our house lately. So we decided the best way to figure out if it is right for our family is to try it out this summer. My son Ethan graduated Prek last Thursday. This picture was taken that evening! *tear*

After giving him a week off we will begin homeschooling next Monday. Since he is so young we will only be doing 2 hours a day and only trying out a couple subjects. We setup goals for the summer:

1. To work on phonics & sight words.
2. To work on the geography of the USA.

If by the end of the summer if we feel like it is a great fit for our family and he has learned something, we will continue. If not he will go to public school. I see pro's and con's in both choices so it's a very big decision for me. Private school is not an option for us. Putting Ethan in it would be no problem. But I am looking farther down the road. Once all 3 kids are in school I will not be paying almost $1000 a month just for school. Ethan is already beginning to read. So my hope is by working over the summer he will be reading even better. My MIL is a Kindergarten teacher so she gave us some phonics books and we picked up some more phonics books to work with.

Whether or not we homeschool Ethan I've decided to start a curriculum with the girls. They are only 2 and 3  years old so nothing fancy or hard. Just having fun, doing arts & crafts, and learning at the same time. Since I've been researching homeschooling so much lately, I've come across quite a few sites that I have fell in love with.

My current favorite homeschooling blog is: www.confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com
I love her energy and passion for homeschooling. You can feel it just reading her posts. She also makes awesome printables. Most of them are free or cost very little. That is where we are getting Ethan's geography curriculum from. Road trip USA! I am also getting the Prek curriculum for the girls and once they finish that we will move on to the K4 curriculum.

www.countingcoconuts.blogspot.com - Is another great homeschooling blog. This one is just for preschoolers, but you can incorporate some of her ideas for all ages. My favorite thing on her blog is the sensory tubs. We plan on having a theme for every month and making a sensory tub to go along with them.

www.1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com - A great place to get fun free printables for your young children. This is an awesome way to start working with your children especially if you are thinking about homeschooling.

www.totallytots.blogspot.com - This site is a collection of different bloggers who publish unique ideas for homeschooling. Always a ton of interesting information!

We plan on doing a lot of fun hands on things this summer. A majority of the materials I will be getting online. I ordered a laminator that way it would help cut down on my printing costs. I can print something once, and laminate it like flash cards. Or laminate it and let the kids use a dry erase marker so we can reuse the worksheet again. This is going to be a huge transition for us. But I feel like this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Although I still feel very nervous about it. I am a great planner but going through with it is another story!

If you homeschool what advice do you have? Or are you in the same boat as me... thinking about homeschooling?

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