In my last post I shared our homeschool mission statement and how I brainstormed what was most important to me to teach my children. But how does that look on a day-to-day basis while my boys are five and two-years-old? Obviously I’m not going to teach everything all at once. Instead, I sorted out what my priorities are for them at this time.
I should note that I’m mainly referring to my five-year-old when I talk about specific things I’m teaching. My two-year-old is happily tagging along and I involve him in what I can.
So what are my priorities for my five-year-old, a.k.a. Kindergartener? I have read some blogs by homeschoolers with children this age, and it amazes me what they are doing! I’m impressed how they spend a good portion of their day on “homeschool” whether they use a curriculum or various resources. At first I was inclined to think we weren’t doing enough, but then something occurred to me. Usually these other families had one or more girls. Maybe there was a boy in the mix, but there was always a girl. Having two boys, I know there is no way we could sit down and do formal lessons for more than say….twenty minutes (give or take)! Maybe it’s just my two boys, but having read many resources about boys, I’m inclined to believe gender makes a huge difference. Of course, family dynamics can make a difference too, and every family has to figure out what works for them. I made this list for myself to sort out what is most important for my five-year-old at this time. (And, honestly, if I had a girl, I think these would be my priorities too.)
All of these are equally important to me. Click the links to go to the follow up post on each topic.
- Imagination/Play/Motion - Let him use his imagination and be in motion as much as he needs to be. Allowing for a lot of movement and having ample space for that is especially important for boys.
- Literature – Immerse him in books and storytelling.
- Exploration/Nature – Let him explore the world and get into nature as much as possible.
- How to find answers – Encourage him to ask questions and teach him how to find answers.
- Spend quality, stress-free time together – Use our time wisely. Don’t over schedule the kids or myself. Allow for plenty of time at home for free, unstructured playtime. Allow for quiet time in the afternoons.
- Teach responsibility/involve him in my work – I explain why we (mom and dad) need to work, why we all need to take care of our (only) home, and I plan to engage him more in the work/hobbies that I enjoy like blogging and photography.
Notice that except for literature, I didn’t mention any academic subjects. This is because I don’t feel academics should be a priority for a five-year-old. However, I am teaching my son reading and math right now, and I do think this is important. These formal lessons are short and slow-paced, and I’ll explain the why, what and how of that in a future post.
And as I mentioned above, I’ll be following up this post with a series on how I accomplish all of these things. I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog and stay tuned! Thank you for stopping by!
Please tell me what your priorities are for your child whatever his/her age might be.