Friday, August 29, 2008

What Our First Year Looks Like: The Beginning

This is our first year homeschooling and while we are not committing to anything, I am fairly certain it won't be our last. As of right now I have the thought and motivation to continue for as long as the Lord has in mind for us.

We are currently focused on "preschool" with our oldest, our son, Treyton. He is 3 years old. I didn't think that any type of formal education would be appropriate so I have written my own "curriculum". It is based on a letter of the week, but staying focused on two primary subjects a week (For Example: Week 1 - Letter A - Ants & Apples). While it is centered around a letter of the week, at this time we are not focusing on writing or learning the letters, rather we are working towards letter recognition (if that).

The "curriculum" is primarily centered on arts & crafts, fun activities, songs, books, snacks and fun. There aren't too many formalities yet (he is only three!) and we don't do too many worksheets (though we do some) and there is no "testing" or requirements that we must reach. I have a few goals (for the year) but even those are flexible. We're just trying to have fun and learn something in the process!!

Our primary goal is to have a Christ-centered home so while education is important to us, our priority (even in our schooling) is to learn about, live for and love God. This for us involves discipleship, discipline and love. We don't have all the answers (or even a few), we're just trying to do what God has called us to do, and for now, that means educating our children at home according to the way that God guides us.... the posts following this is what that looks like (for us).

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