When we moved here, I blogged about beginning an experiment with our oldest son (3 years old at the time) and “pre-homeschooling.” I call it “pre-homeschooling” because he was only 3 and I am not fully ready to admit that we are homeschooling. Haha. I thought I’d give a progress report of where we are with our experiment.
We have almost finished our first full year of the experiment. We do the very basic exercises that I described in that first blog but we’ve added a little bit. We read a Bible story each week and review it outside of actual “school” time. We also have a weekly Bible verse that he is to memorize. (At last count, I believe he’s memorized 24 Bible verses since we started the experiment.) We’ve also started watching the LeapFrog DVDs regularly and we do occasional writing exercises. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his progress overall and DS #1 actually enjoys learning. It also has tested my patience quite a bit. So, we’ve both learned something. 🙂
Since DS #1’s birthday misses the cutoff for starting Kindergarten in August, he isn’t supposed to formally start until August 2013. With his desire to learn, his ability to recognize all his letters (and their sounds), count from 0-15, and starting to sound out words, we were faced with a hard decision. After much prayer and discussion, we’ve decided to start him on Kindergarten material in August. I’ve reviewed a variety of curriculum and we’ve decided to go with A Beka. We’re excited about this new adventure and I know he’s very excited to learn new things. We’ll be doing some light learning during the summer but will be hitting it hard in August. We’re also going to be starting DD #1 with some of the simple lessons that we started with DS #1 in October. We will skip most of the very basic letter flash cards because she knows all her letters and their sounds.
All in all, while I’m still not a homeschool fanatic, I have become a (sometimes unwilling!) convert.