We survived our first week of homeschooling!
In fairness, I didn’t even feel it. Each day, after work, whenever I take out Yuri’s stuff to begin our “session,” he was always eager to trace his letters, practice his numbers, or his favourite, do some colouring.
Colouring is my secret weapon. If a session is met with resistance, I get him to start colouring a page. After that, he normally doesn’t mind doing more serious work. Then the hour (or hour and a half, depending on his mood) passes by without me noticing.
Here are some pictures from our first week of homeschool preschool:
I know Yuri looks oh so serious in the pictures above, but he’s actually goofy and silly half of the time lol. I just wait for the serious moments before I capture a picture haha. Seriously though, I don’t want to be too strict on him. As much as possible, I don’t want him to view school work as a chore but as something he genuinely enjoys doing.
So whenever he draws way too long lines on purpose or insist on doing upper case letters first, I try my very best not to be frustrated (people close to me know how easily frustrated I am haha). I gently remind him that there is a proper way of doing things and, well, hope I make sense to a four year old.
Homeschool Preschool Routine
For us, homeschool preschool session starts at 4 pm. It is less than ideal, but my work begins at 6 am and ends at around 3 pm; I rest while we eat some merienda and then start at 4. We usually finish at around 5 or 5:30 pm, then we have dinner.
Because of the nature of my work, it is quite difficult to fit in homeschooling in between. There was a day last week though (I think it was Wednesday or Thursday) when Yuri wanted to trace numbers while I was working. Of course I was happy!
This is the schedule that I was able to plan after being on procrastination mode a couple of weeks ago:
Monday – Maths
Tuesday – Eye Level (Whether or not Yuri wants to do school work in the afternoon is up to him.)
Wednesday – English (We start by doing his Eye Level homework.)
Thursday – Maths
Friday – English (Either reading or writing)
Saturday – Eye Level in the morning, and then science or arts & crafts in the afternoon
After Yuri’s first week of homeschooling, I figured out that he likes Maths more than English. Perhaps we can switch to Eye Level Math in the future? We will see!
What about you? How’s your preschooler — or schooler — doing? 🙂