I greatly appreciated this post from Life As A Mom about Planning For Preschool. To preschool or not to preschool has been an issue my husband and I wrestled with for years. I was a preschool kid. My husband was not. We both agree we had positive experiences. So the “I turned out fine” argument does not work.
The fall that my oldest turned four, I got together with two friends (who also had four-year olds with fall birthdays) and we created our own preschool co-op. They each had a toddler and we were all pregnant with our third child. We attended the same mom’s group. Our preschool met once a week and we each took turns hosting. It worked and our children thrived on the routine.
I also started working with my oldest child two or three days a week. The whole idea of homeschooling intimidated me. I had no idea where to start and was overwhelmed by curriculum choices. Did preschoolers need to be homeschooled anyway? She needed something. So we read books, memorized Scripture, did math worksheets, and practiced handwriting. It did not come naturally to me and it still doesn’t. But we did it for several months.
Now my middle child is four. We tried a co-op preschool, but for various reasons it has not worked as well. Although I am still friends with my preschool co-op friends, there is less weekly contact. We are now at different churches, different mom’s groups, and juggling other projects. I picked up a part-time writing job, am doing more volunteer youth ministry and striving to get involved in my now first grader’s school. Life changed in two years as it usually does.
I feel like homeschooling is still not “me.” I have met many moms who are passionate about it and driven by all homeschooling has to offer. While I appreciate what they have to say, I often feel intimidated by it.
We committed to homeschooling for preschool. My husband has understood my challenges (and my intimidation) and agreed it is something we can both share. All the homeschooling responsibilities need not fall on myself. I also realized there is no magic way to home school my son. Whatever we try (and probably change and try something else), he will grow and learn. When we do send him off to kindergarten in the fall of 2013, he will be better because of the extra time he was given at home.