AW will be six in September and DC is three, so I feel like I'm right in the sweet spot of this age group right now.
If you ask on any homeschool Facebook group what you should use to teach your preschool and kindergarten age children, you will get the following response:
Just let them play!
Read lots of good books.
There's no rush to start school.
All three of those statements are excellent advice. Children learn amazingly well just by having constant interactions with the world around them. So why do we need a whole blog post about this topic?
Well, I'm really good at reading lots of good books. We have checked out hundreds of library books over the past three years, and my bookshelves are overflowing with finds from used book stores. We don't read-aloud every single day (*gasp*), but we do most days. DC and AW each get their own bedtime story every night unless we are out or it's family night (because we stay up later). I scour book lists for ideas, check out library displays, and let the kids wander and choose books from the picture book shelves (they can check out one book for each year of their life). Sometimes we pick a topic and dive deep.
But reading isn't enough for my kids. They beg for projects, especially AW. I think part of it is that she loves being creative. I think they also both love doing learning activities because it's something we do together and they love the connection. If I were someone else, I might be able to just make that happen in more organic ways. But I am who I am, and I sometimes need externally imposed structure for motivation. Where do I go?
I planned on delaying academics until age seven. It was part of my motivation for homeschooling. But I have at least one more academically minded kiddo, maybe two. We needed a little bit more for AW. So how about academic curriculum?
Wow! That looks like a lot! Does that mean we do school all day every day? Well, yes and no. But that's a story for another post.