Preparing to Home School

When you are a stay at home mom or dad, everyone believes you have nothing but free time to get things done. Sometimes even I think I have a lot of time to complete random tasks, until I look back at the end of the day and see how much didn’t get completed. There is a reason why people make money for taking care of kids all day, it is a job, and can be demanding.

Yesterdays “work” those clouds below the helicopter are
all dots for kids to trace. K1 can’t. 

Quite a few months ago I planned to do some research online about home schooling. I have heard about a few hybrid programs where kiddos go to a school two days a week and are home schooled three days. That sounds like a good idea to me, and I wanted to learn more except I never seem to find time to look it up. Here I am several months later, and I finally STARTED looking at information about home schooling.

By started I mean, now I know that I want to attend a curriculum fair. I have never heard of such a thing. I want to do this before I need to, just to be sure that this is something that I can handle. It’s possible I might not be able to, ya know? I have been wondering if it is too much to consider with two kids.

When I told myself that I was going to start looking into homeschooling I also said that I was going to print out activity sheets for K1. I was thinking better to start now, then later. I finally did that on Sunday. Daddy was funny telling K1 that mommy decided she was starting school today.

Some of things that I printed out I am aware other homes with kids K1’s age already do. I just didn’t realize that some of the things in activity books we have were actually age appropriate. I just bought them because they were one dollar, not because of their content. They just always seemed to hard for her and I didn’t even try them. Like mazes. Just going and printing out pages was eye opening for me.

I learned a bit. I didn’t know that dot-to-dots and mazes lead up to writing letters. It helps with fine motor skills, in case you didn’t know too. I found a few free sites to print from. It was nice because for things like the dot-to-dot’s I had choices I never even considered. Such as numbers, capital letters, or lower case letters. Then beyond that, how many, 1-10, 1-20, A-G, A-M, a-h, or a-z, that kind of thing. The pages for handwriting also had different A is for _ choices. I tried to select three letter words so that she could learn about reading and site words at the same time. Not that I really know what I am talking about when I say that, but the idea sounded good in my head and that is what I went on. There really is a lot to think about and learn for both of us.

K1 is really good with letters, and okay with numbers. We have been doing dot-to-dot’s with her the past few days and boy is she a stubborn one. She randomly forgets what, let’s say a 5 looks like. Really? Mommy and daddy both get frustrated and at that point we decide she is done learning for the day and switch her over to coloring. She always freaks out until we suggest coloring. She is enjoying this right now, I just don’t want to make it a chore for everyone. At least not yet.

She is also having a hard time with connecting dot’s that aren’t numbered. I thought that would be easier!

Here are the sites that I used for free printable’s Handwriting, and connect the dot’s.

What were your kids preschool challenges? Got any great printable site suggestions?


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11 Responses to 'Preparing to Home School'

  1. andi says:

    great article if I ever have kids and decide to homeschool…. 😀

  2. couponwahm says:

    I have often thought about homeschooling my kids. I look forward to following your journey.

  3. Kari Starr says:

    You can also use all kids network which is completely free and gives you worksheets as well as crafts etc. thats what I use with Kassie

  4. My kids are too young for school but I have thought about homeschooling. Dad is not a supporter because he wants them in sports.

  5. Thanks for sharing this
    I don’t think I will ever do it but great resources on supporting and practicing what is being done at school

  6. Thanks for sharing! I am right about where you are now. My daughter is 3 1/2 and we are planning to homeschool. She knows about 2/3 of her alphabet, can count to 20 and knows colors and shapes without much formal teaching. Now I’m thinking she may need more structure. Thanks for the printibles!

  7. This is a great article. If I ever get to have kids (Jury is out about that right now), I think I want to homeschool. I really don’t trust the school system here and there aren’t any alternatives in town

  8. Momma Lew says:

    Great article! I do not homeschool but I like to work on things with my kids at home, so this is great!

  9. I am still not sure what I am going to do. It’s a tough decision to make especially when you want the best for your kids. At least I know that there are free printable that I can get in the meantime. Thanks for sharing!

  10. mail4rosey says:

    That is interesting that mazes and dot-to-dots lead up to numbers. It’s fun to learn about connections like that, isn’t it? 🙂

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