This year is different for so many, our family included. Lily attended an amazing play based preschool last year. She loved her school days full of sensory play and positivity but they made the decision not to open this year due to COVID. I had already decided we were going to venture into homeschooling before the official decision was made. We celebrated our first day back to school with a fancy dress and photos on the porch.
We decided to use Habitat Schoolhouse’s Preschool Curriculum and I have been very pleased. I got ahead of myself and ordered a planner to plan our school year but once our curriculum arrived I found the Parent Guide that is included outlines everything by day. Included in the Parent Guide even suggested field trips, baking activities, recommended books, and more. For our first week we have started the letter A and so far have explored apples, learned about Africa on the map and still life paintings. We spend approximately fifteen to thirty minutes on our school time each day. The suggested activities for the day I view as a goal and the past two days we have completed everything suggested with no problems. I know there will be days when school just doesn’t go as planned, and on those days I will be thankful for the flexibility in our schedule and the freedom to follow Lily’s lead.
I love the benefits of outdoor play and have made it part of our daily rhythm to get outside. After breakfast we walk, bike and explore. The kids have been enjoying shady trails enjoying fresh air. The physical activity has been a great start to our day and it gets the wiggles out.
We are experiencing more of the behavior outbursts in the late afternoon than I anticipated since starting school. Activities have always been a big part of our day and Lily really enjoys doing them. Since having Ethan, activities have been special one-on-one time for Lily. I underestimated the amount of change and transition she would feel with beginning school. Our biggest challenge is Lily understanding the concept of school at home. We purchased a great book on amazon called The is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean to help explain the concept but she keeps mentioning missing her old teachers. It has been such a challenge as an adult to comprehend changes happening around us and I can only imagine being a child. I continue to remind myself her behavior is coping with a big change and also expressing her confusion. For now, we just push through the transition period until this becomes our daily norm and continue to give her facts while focusing on all the positives in our lives.
- 7:30 Wake up & Get ready
- 8:00 Breakfast and Reading
- 9:00-10:30 Outdoor time
- 10:45 Snack
- 11:15 Ethan’s nap and Lily’s screen time
- 12:00 School
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:30 Ethan wakes up
- 1:30-5:00 Free play
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:30 Begin Bedtime
For more information on curriculum feel free to reach out to me on instagram, email, or through a comment here. Below are links for both This Is My Home, This is My School and Habitat Schoolhouse.