Thanks for all your encouragement on the homeschooling post, gals. David also reminded me that its human nature to be quick to justify why we aren't doing something that someone else is doing. How many times has someone mentioned to me that they jog every morning, and I've said, "Oh, I hate to exercise. Glad you enjoy it!" So, I'm not immune from the poo pooing tendency myself. I need to work on that...
Encouragement came from an unlikely source today. I was at a MOPs playdate, and there was a gal there with a little boy about Seth's age. I've talked to her before, and crazily enough, we discovered that she married a boy I knew from the local homeschooling group in Greensboro. I looked at her son and suddenly saw the resemblance. =) Anyhoo, she told me then that he hadn't liked some things about homeschooling, that they weren't planning to homeschool, etc., etc.
Well, today, she told me that they are now planning on homeschooling Cole for a few years because the school district where they live is so bad. (Originally, the plan was to move to a better school district once he got old enough, but I guess the market nixed that or something.) She proceeded to tell me about a book she'd gotten from the library called "Homeschooling for Free," told me she was going through and checking out the links, and that she'd send me the document she was creating with all the good stuff on it when she was done. We actually had a little homeschooling conversation right there at playgroup! I have to smile. This was the last person I thought would give me this news. God knew I needed this today.
Which reminds me... I'm thinking about having a "school day" once a week this school year with Seth. It's to get me in the groove as much as it is for him. He's a pretty typical 2 1/2 year old. He likes to read with me, he enjoys pointing out things in the stories, and he enjoys doing crafts, if they're short. I'm wondering what I should focus on for "school time" on these days. Any ideas? I'd like a sort of structure for him, maybe a circle time, maybe some fine motor skills stuff. Should I do a letter of the alphabet each week? I'm hoping those of you who've taught toddlers before might have some ideas or resources you can share about a very simple school day schedule and "curriculum." Thanks!