My kids both have part-time care outside of the home while I work. My oldest goes to preschool in the morning and my 1-year old goes to a family daycare during that time.
Even though I’m not home with them full-time, I’ve decided to take control of their education at this early age. This is important to me since I know that they’re not getting the 1:1 attention outside of the home that they really need to fully take advantage of this critical period in their early development. I guess I’m a “part-time” homeschooler or a “supplemental” homeschooler, or an afterschooler. Pick whichever term you prefer; I consider myself my children’s first and best teacher.
Although I’m not really sure of the correct terminology here, I do know that at this point I”m teaching my kids far more academically at home than they are learning at school. They’re definitely learning more social skills at school. Plus, the preschool is teaching my older child how to write his ABCs, something I haven’t really focused on at home, and in just 2 months he started writing identifiable letters! My younger child is working on sharing toys and keeping his hands to himself. 🙂
So between the two “schools” I know my kids are learning a great deal and receiving a great mix of education.
I thought it might be helpful to describe our typical day so you can see what we try to accomplish in one day. Mind you, everyday is different. We might not cover everything everyday. My kids are 4 and 1 so flexibility is key to maintaining our family’s sanity some days. Sometimes we go to the zoo or spend an afternoon in the city riding trains. And sometimes we just stay home and play.
Just remember that every activity you do with your child is teaching them something new. Don’t get overwhelmed in your journey to teach your young child. Even if you spend just five minutes a day teaching your young child, it’s worth it!
So, here you go. Here’s a typical day in our household:
7:00-7:30 Wake Up Time/Get Dressed/Brush Teeth
7:30-8:00 Little Reader, Little Math, Little Musician/ABCs/Educational DVDs (1-year old)
8:00-8:30 Breakfast/Family Story time/Poem/Spanish (both kids); Daily Reading Comprehension (4-year old)
1:00-2:00 Run Errands; Go for a Walk or to the Park
2:00-3:00 Nap Time (1-year old)
2:00-3:00 Math/Phonics/Spelling/Geography (4-year old)
3:00-3:30 Snack/Story Time
3:30-4:30 Art or Science Project
4:30-5:00 Park or Walk/Indoor Play Activity/Music Time
5:00-7:00 Family Dinner Time
7:00-7:15 Reading Lesson (4-year old)
7:15-7:30 Piano (4-year old)
7:30-8:30 Bedtime Routine/Read Books/Prayers