In our family, our view is that we have "started" preschool at home this year. Although you could argue that we have been home educating since birth! We are using a small amount of formal curriculum this year so in that sense we have started formal homeschooling, although the majority of our day is still very much unstructured.
While the rest of our lives are much the same as last year, I am a lot more intentional about education this year - I think about it a lot, research, plan and choose new books, games and toys with the intent that they are for the benefit of our preschooler's education.
All that said, my eldest child is only 4, turning 5, so isn't due to start formal schooling (called kindergarten in NSW) for another year.
So why have I launched into all this now, rather than waiting another year or two?
A very common question amongst new homeschool families is "what curriculum should I use". Once you have decided you want to educate your children at home, it's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to start replicating a school environment. So parents quickly start to stress about what they need to be teaching.
Below is our current "curriculum". I use that term very loosely - 4 and 5 year olds really don't need a formal curriculum! There is vast amounts of research out there showing how young children learn everything they need to know at this age from play. And in our family, play still makes up the large majority of our day.
However, from a mum point of view, it can help to have a bit of guidance in setting a good rhythm for your days. I personally can get a bit overwhelmed with long days of parenting without some kind of plan! If you are like me, read on for ideas.
First post in a while and straight into the big news – we are homeschooling this year! Not officially, as in Australia you generally can’t register to be “official” homeschoolers until your child is 6 years old. But we did make the conscious choice not to enrol Mr 4 in a preschool/kindy program this year, despite pretty much every other family we know doing so.
This was not an easy decision!
Spotted any important education news in the media recently? No doubt you heard a bunch of stories about NAPLAN earlier in May, but here’s some other stories you may have missed. From fidget spinners to disability funding, forest kindergartens to credit cards in primary schools, continue on for the highlights:
I am a huge fan of conferences – especially free online ones with awesome speakers! There are a couple of great ones coming up that I have to share. I have no affiliation with them, besides being excited to attend myself!
A mum of two trying to find her way through the Australian school system.