Oldest had been asking for a mask like this for her birthday for months! What a cutie.
See what I mean? It's a loaded question. Don't say I didn't warn you.
We'll be using the Charlotte Mason Method of homeschooling and Mason recommends starting actual school at the age of 6. Here's a great article on why to wait until age 6.
(Here's another link if you'd like to know more about Charlotte Mason.)
All of that to say... at the beginning of the summer I started planning out a light school year starting this fall. Baby #3 is due September 15th, so my expectations were VERY LOW. ;)
Initially, I wanted to start in August, take a break in September (when Baby comes), then pick back up in December or January. Unless of course, Baby is an angel, in which case we would start back up in November. ;)
So that was my plan.
Then I dropped the whole thing. I thought, What am I thinking?? I'm going to have a BABY right when school starts. That's insane! Also, I didn't want to push Oldest into school if she wasn't ready. I want her to play and just be little for as long as possible.
So then, there was no plan.
Now, I'm back to a plan, but it's going to be very simple and very relaxed. I had intended on a relaxed schedule in the first place simply because that's the Charlotte Mason way. Now my thought is, because we'll have a new baby in the house, a plan might not be a bad idea. I generally function a little better if I have some sort of idea of how our days should go. Of course, I realize that a plan is just that--a plan. I know things will still be chaotic and might not go accordingly, but at least I'll have something to fall back on.
Another reason to start this fall is because Oldest loves it. She loves "doing school" and will sit and write letters, read and draw all on her own. And honestly, starting some schooling with her will give me an excuse to spend time with her. Does anyone else have a hard time with that--making time?
The majority of our "schooling" will mostly be reading, reading, reading. I also want to incorporate Bible and Habit Training, for Oldest and myself. I need to develop better habits as well!
Here's another great article on what to do in Preschool/Kindergarten.
Based on this planning series from Simply Charlotte Mason, I made this weekly schedule:
(If you'd like one that's blank, let me know and I can send it to you. :)
As you can see, I've left some spaces open for things that will change (habits, what books we're reading, etc.)
I realize I'm aiming high with this but I'd rather "aim for the stars and get the moon" then get nothing at all. :)