Homeschooling Preschool School

The First Week of Homeschool Preschool

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:

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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? 🙂

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  • Reply Coi June 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! Kudos to you and your little one! 😉 It’s great that your Yuri is very eager to learn and you were able to teach him right after your work. Galing galing naman hihi 🙂

  • Reply Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag June 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Your kid is the same age as my second child. 🙂 He is also very eager to do his school homeschool work. I set a minimum of 2 worksheets for him each day. These worksheets integrate coloring, practice writing, focus, vocabulary and reading. So far, things are going smoothly with my second child’s homeschool lessons. I am more challenged with my eldest. He is easily distracted and it takes him a while before he finishes his tasks or lessons. He keeps tinkering with other things or playing with something unlike his younger brother who works diligently until he’s done with his lessons.

  • Reply Gilian June 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I really love it when I see moms or parents that are hands-on when it comes to their kids’ schooling or learning. We just got back from vacation and my son has not enrolled yet. Every day, I make sure we answer something or sometimes I make my own activities for him to answer. I find it easy to start or to integrate learning with characters that kids love like superheroes, especially for boys. It gets their attention then I start from there sometimes.

  • Reply Mywondermom June 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I really wanted to do homeschooling but don’t know where to start. You should write tips on how to. 🙂

  • Reply Kaity June 28, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Wow! Homeschooling Moms really inspire me! May I ask, how old your son is and if you’re following a curriculum? Thanks!(:

    • Reply Maan June 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Hi! He just turned 4. I planned to use a curriculum pero I wasn’t able to research. We’re only using workbooks now (luckily I found a complete pre-k workbook a couple of years back), but if I find a good curriculum we’ll follow it. 🙂

  • Reply Louisa June 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    We decided to enroll our youngest and so far he’s been enjoying. It’s been quite an adjustment but he likes going to school with his Ate and Kuya. Good luck with homeschooling! Looks like you’ve mapped out a good schedule and plan.

  • Reply Mhaan A June 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Wow congrats Yuri for doing well! I admire you kasi you can juggle work and homeschooling Yuri. Keep up the good work sis! 🙂

  • Reply Juvy ann June 28, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Hey, good job you two, the first feew weeks are normally the most difficult. Good luck on your homeschooling.

  • Reply Berlin June 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Galing! Love that you have a schedule amd everything seems pretty neat. I would love to homeschool my youngest as well but I guess its too early. He is just 11 months and I am just so excited. ihihi. I wonder what is the right age to start with homeschooling preschool.

  • Reply Janice June 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

    We do our homeschool sessions in the afternoon too, at 2pm, after I’m done with my chores and major work tasks in the morning. It usually lasts only 1 to 1.5 hours. We do most subjects every day though because Ziggy gets bored doing one thing for long periods of time. Congrats on a successful first week for you guys. 🙂

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas June 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Good job Yuri! And mama too! 🙂 I’m starting to find resources for Nate’s activities too. I found a few cool suggestions online. But if ever I really decide on homeschooling Nate, expect me to ping you, haha! Because you’re one of the people that can help me with ideas about homeschooling. There’s just a few of you that I know, actually. lol.

    • Reply Maan June 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Oo naman, no problem! Good start ang Buribox actually, for local resources. Pero super daming free curricula din online ^_^

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei July 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I really admire moms who can homeschool. Personally I don’t think I can do it. XD

  • Reply Mommy Pehpot July 15, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I tried homeschooling before pero it’s not for me talaga eh. For moms na nagagawa yun, grabe kayo 🙂 I really admire you guys!

  • Reply Shey July 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Hello Maan! I’m a WAHM from Davao too. If you’re looking for a network and where to source homeschooling info for Yuri, let’s connect. A friend who is homeschooling her kids moved to Davao recently. I’ve already started my research in homeschooling my 7 year old son. Maybe you want to journey together. 🙂 just shoot me an email!

    • Reply Maan July 17, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Wow awesome! I’ll shoot you an email sometime this week! Thanks! 😀

  • Reply Edel July 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    A lot of parents opt to have their child homeschooled nowadays. As for me, I don’t think I have the patience for it. Kudos to you!

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