This isn't a great post for those who don't have toddlers at home, but I still wanted to share what I've been doing. I know I'm not the only one looking for other options right now!
So I can't help but be all into the hype of school starting. My kids aren't even old enough to be in school but can I say that I'm a little jealous? Not that I want them out of the house or anything but the 5 year old in me is saying "me too, me too!" It's actually something Brian and I frequently talk about. Ella is 3 now so she can go to preschool. She needs the interaction with other kids her age and she is practically begging me to teach her. She's already starting to read words and write her name. I thought I had 2 more years of lolly gagging around until I had to start being a real parent!
Well as much as we want her to be in preschool, it won't change the fact that we can't afford it. So last week I finally got tired of sitting around and bumming about it. I'll do preschool myself! I'm an educated individual with a little craftiness up my sleeve. I mean how hard can this be, right? A little ABC's here and some counting there...no sweat. (OK I have to admit though, I did spend practically all of my 'working' years in schools and kindergarten classes.)
So my first order of business was to set up my curriculum. I Googled it of course, and found a couple of websites to get me on the right track. These are the ones that I've bookmarked:
I had already decided to do a letter a week, and I found this: http://preschool.uen.org/curriculum/August_s/calendar.htm
not too shabby for what I had in mind. I also had a song I really wanted for the kids, and with the few lyrics I could remember I managed to stumble across it on YouTube. I don't know what it is, but something about this lady's voices seems to mesmerize little kids. Unfortunately, though there isn't a free download of the song and I'm not paying $15 for the CD. I'm on a budget here!
I also found this website, and the kids love it for 'computer time'. Let's get real here. Our kids are growing up in a technology dependant world now, so it would be crippling of me not to expose and teach them how to use a computer. I'll step down from my box now...
I've also decided to implement, days of the week, weather, colors, counting and a word for the day. So our 'school' basically goes as follows:
8:30 Breakfast: they watch the YouTube ABC video while they eat. They also listen to a hand me down Kindermusik CD (which I've basically done their whole lives...breakfast has just always been music time, I don't know why) then they get bathed, and I put Riley down for her nap at 10...that's when school is officially in session.