I am currently reading the Joyful Home Schooler, and the author, Mary Hood, does make a good point in the area of literacy. She emphasizes that learning to read and write is as natural of a process as learning to walk, as long as we create an environment of literacy in our homes. In other words, our children will have a desire to learn to read and write if they see mom & dad reading and writing on a regular basis. Of course, that being said, it does taking coaching from mom and dad. Just like we have to show our babies to take steps, and our toddlers how to use the potty, reading and writing also requires teaching. But it certainly does not have to be in the form of formal lessons; it can come simply by answers to “Mommy what’s that word?” and “Daddy what sound does that letter make?” If bedtime stories are a cherished part of your daily routine, as they are ours, then your child’s own curiosity will begin the process of learning to read.
On a side note, I am enjoying home schooling my children. We made the decision to go this way with our children’s education for so many reasons that I don’t want to go into right now…but let me just say it has been a joy to me. I can’t quite explain how, but it just feels like it completes the picture for our family.
We first started home schooling in early spring this year. I wanted to start Judah in Kindergarten early so that if we decided we needed to enroll him in public school we would still have plenty of time. We took our own little “summer break” through the month of July because we had so many special activities going on with us and our extended families. So, we’ve been back at it the past week and a half and I have to say I definitely prefer having a regular routine. I can really relate to young children who need a consistent schedule and stability. I need it just as much as them. I feel myself being happier throughout the day when I know that there’s a purpose to all of our goings on.
I’ve added doing PreK with Bella now, and I’m really pleased with how things are going with her, and Judah. I’ve tried my best to correlate both of their work so that we can all still study the same theme every week: same letter sound, same bible lessons, same science and art projects. And Justice jumps in on all the songs and games, and then spends the rest of the time coloring (a lot…he loves to color) and doing centers, which equates to playing with blocks or cars mostly.
We’ve also joined the FAITH home school group which gives us even more opportunities for learning and connecting with our community. I’m really excited about this year, and I’m really happy with how everything is going.