When I first started to homeschool, which is just last year, I was searching the internet about what types of curriculum I should use and what approach I should take to homeschool. The advice I kept coming across so often was- do not buy expensive curriculum for young kids (mine being at the time 3 and 5). It seemed that most homeschool parents found that if they had bought curriculum or more particularly an expensive box curriculum that it was more of a wast of money because their kids were too young to sit down and follow it. This year we decided that they are still too young for box curriculum so I am putting my own together again this year.
This year my son is 6 so I bought a few of the curriculum books from Superstore when they were on sale. I also made binders up for each of the kids with calendars, counting, weather, telling time pages and a journal that we work on once a week. I had also been talking to a few other homeschool moms that raved about the book – Story of the World. So we decided to borrow it from the library and see if it was worth buying.
Every morning we work on a few different pages from the different workbooks and/or do some activities/games and this seem to work out very well for us right now. We also make sure to do lots of reading throughout the day. The library is a regular trip for us and we always have lots of books rented out or on request. I know that as he gets older we will need a more in depth curriculum but this is working for now for his age. We do school related work from when we get up to about noon including a few breaks, after lunch they are allowed to play with their friends. I also enrolled them in a homeschool gymnastics class every Thursday that they absolutely love and look forward to every week.
I am not officially schooling my youngest but I made sure that I had things prepared for him in case he was interested and so far he is very interested! He works on school activities almost as long as his brother. Here are some of the books I got him to work on along with his binder I made.
It was a little hard to get into a good groove for homeschool (and we are still working on finding what works best for us) but I think that since it was all new for my oldest son as well as myself it was a big change and we had to, through trial and error, really work at incorporating it into our lifestyle. As for my youngest though it will be a very easy transition for him since he enjoys being included and its more like just our routine rather than ‘school’.