Thursday, June 24, 2010

Teaching them the world!

So the dishes and laundry are piled high and here I sit blogging. Yep I would rather share my latest adventures than conquer the massive mess that is creeping through the house. My neatly organized diapers stash has been toppled buy the tots, a trail of cherrios follows everywhere Ariana has been, and toys that I swear were cleaned up 5 minutes ago are back on the floor for me to trip over. Yet here I sit in my own little world laying out ramblings of nothingness.
So we've started Jocelyns official "preschool" days a week or so ago and I've been searching blogs for ideas and curriculums to expand our horizons. I've come across tons of info, so much that in fact it's become a bit overwhelming. I need to just get the school stuff organized, get some ink for my helpless printer, and create my own curriculum. I guess I'm just to picky. I find fault or something lacking in nearly everything I come across. I know one of the best perks of homeschooling is being able to pick from here and there and teach what you want. I guess I'm the type who likes it all organized and layed out in front of me well in advance. Like I need to mentally see "the future" before I begin. I don't care for not knowing in advance what's going on. Thus I foresee I'll be sitting on Sunday nights planning the weeks lessons and activities just so I can feel some sort of control. Mind you I can be flexible and have no problem with seizing a moment for learning but I want our foundation curriculum and objectives lined up. So maybe I'm a bit controlling and obsessive!

So far we have established for our preschool and kindergarten years................
Reading / English... We want to do a weekly "letter" study.
Language studies... Sign language and I've already chosen a Latin program that will takes us from preschool to high school.
Math... As far as math I don't know what I want to use but I do know what I don't want (so okay I hate saxon!). Granted right now it's just number recognition and such.
World Studies... We've already started doing cultural themed projects, wrapping in music, arts, language, etc
The rest is still on the table. A lot of late night web searching yet to figure out Science, History, Music and the Arts but most of that will be combined studies.

You've gotta admit taking on the task of teaching children everything from basic life skills to advanced math it can be a bit daunting.
So maybe I seem a bit over the top with just teaching preschoolers but honestly I want them to have it all! It's my job as their mother to give them what they need and prepare them for the world. Have ya looked outside lately? That's one big and scary world out there. It'll eat you up and spit you out if you're not prepared!


  1. Sounds like you're doing a great job, off to a great start, and way ahead of where I was with preschoolers!
    The letter curriculum sounds neat ... I have another friend who's using something similar, but I can't seem to find her blog posts about it.
    For Kindergarten reading, we like "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" ... it's plain and simple, but really good. (Some libraries carry it)
    I've also been reading a book lately called "Growing Up God's Way" by John Stormer (not to be confused with the Ezzo book with a similar title) ... it's full of interesting facts, statistics, & thoughts on how preschool learning & training are a big part of learning later on.
    Keep up the good work!
    ~ Susie

  2. Thanks Susie! Like the idea of reading in 100 lessons!

  3. I have a 3 year old girl and I'm in the process of making a curriculum suitable for her. sure is a difficult task with so much options available!! :) We are also doing a letter a week..