Homeschooling has always been something I have contemplated. With the current pandemic happening, I gained the confidence to follow my gut and become a homeschool family. I could not be more excited and I think the most important question to ask yourself is “how does my child learn best?” This was helpful for me to again, gain the confidence to homeschool and also to select our curriculum.
Now on to the topic of how to select a homeschool curriculum. There are a few things I took into consideration when selecting our curriculum, the main being Lily’s learning style but also my teaching style. Lily is a very hands on learner, also referred to as a Kinesthetic learner.
“Kinesthetic learners are hands-on, participatory learners who need to take a physically active role in the learning process in order to achieve their best educational outcomes. They are sometimes referred to as “tactile learners,” but this can be a bit of a misnomer; rather than simply utilizing touch, kinesthetic learners tend to engage all of their senses equally in the process of learning.
Because of their active nature, kinesthetic learners often have the most difficult time succeeding in conventional classroom settings. Some educators have found success encouraging kinesthetic learners to utilize flashcards for subjects like math and English to make rote memorization into an interactive experience. These students also often thrive in scientific subjects with lab components, as the skills-based, instructional training that occurs in these settings engages them in productive ways.”The University of Kansas
Lily needing a more hands on approach I knew homeschooling would present us the opportunity to give her that. I came across Habitat Schoolhouse and immediately felt drawn to it. When selecting curriculum I also considered Lily’s interests and what was most important to us. Play is still my main priority during the preschool years but I wanted to slowly incorporate a school structure into our daily rhythm. Habitat Schoolhouse’s curriculum is perfect for our needs. The activities are beautiful and incorporate nature and mindfulness along with a great foundation of education that is easily paired with fun learning experiences. If you are interested in the curriculum you can click here and used the affiliate code PLAY10 for 10% off.
Once we decided on our curriculum I was excited to get right into setting up our school area. I went back and forth on where I wanted our main area to be, I ultimately decided I wanted our playroom to remain our play area and opted for our kitchen. School will mesh with our everyday life and I want it to remain that way, just an organic flow.
I combined two cube shelves that were in our playroom before and ordered tags to label each cube. The categories I chose for the bins are :
I opted to leave 2 extra cubes for storage. Within each cube I am using Target pencil cases to keep materials organized for easy access to them.
What are your must haves for homeschooling? I am excited to begin our journey and would love to connect with others along the way! Feel free to reach out with any questions you have, happy playing!