landon and i are contemplating homeschooling. i have many thoughts, and most are swirling around my head, refusing to land in any semblance of coherent order. schooling and my teaching career have proven to be difficult to nail down. i think the main problem is i am trying to plan too far in advance. i can't determine exactly how everything will turn out for the next 15+ years, which is silly to even attempt. yet i attempt. i'm pretty sure the Lord wants me to quit trying to layout the long-term, focus on the short-term and mostly pray more.
i have resolved to stick to what we can and have determined, which is to at least partially teach ellie and grayson some preschool curriculum next year. i will stay home for at least one year after the new baby comes in june because 1.) i want desperately to nurse full-time again (no mandatory pumping!), 2.) my heart's desire currently is to stay with all three of my children and keep the home, and 3.) money for childcare expenses for three children who are not yet in elementary school is money we are not willing to spend.
there is still a possibility that we would send ellie and grayson to the preschool they now attend for a couple days a week. mostly because they really, really love it. that is a budget issue we still need to go over, but it is on the table as an option.
if that's the case, i will teach the children on the days they are not at school-away-from-home. if they do not go back to their current preschool, i will work with them some each day.
starting in the fall, my plan is for 2-3 (very broken up) hours of school each weekday. (preschool homeschool moms out there, is that a doable time? or is that ridiculous?) and following are my curriculum choices at this point. things are always subject to change.
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anyone have any thoughts on these curriculum choices? how do you choose curriculum?
there will be more to come on why we're thinking of homeschooling and other related issues, such as further explanation of curriculum choices.
you know, when i sort out my thoughts.