Today is our second day back at home schooling. It’s been over a year since my children and I did anything resembling “real school.” Most of this was due to personal woes (a death and a rupture in the family nearly simultaneously) that made home school seem impossible. And since my kids are still very little, we just stopped. No harm, no foul.
Every time I thought of starting back up with Peaceful Preschool, I was filled with dread. So, as much as I enjoy the courses, we’re going another way. I took myself to Mardel for inspiration (and some more schooling material, whee!) and downloaded the Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week curriculum. The best thing about it? It literally only takes about 45 minutes, tops, for all of the lessons.
The Letter of the Week is a little more run-of-the-mill school system curriculum, which is well within my comfort zone – as opposed to the highly Montessori PP. I love Montessori, but it’s a leap in thinking – at least for me.
Our morning schedule at the moment looks like:
9:30 – school starts with Pledge of Allegiance and calendar work.
10:30 – finish & play
11:00 – lunch
11:30 – quiet time
I’m loving how short it is! I’m not loving how very basic and repetitive it is. Especially with gross motor skills, the lessons tend to be very repetitive and very ink-heavy with lots of colored printables. I pre-planned two weeks ahead and used up an entire color cartridge of ink! With that in mind, I’ll have to do some lesson-planning of my own. For now, though, the kids are excited being back in school and the low-key easiness of this curriculum suits us for starting back up.