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I almost can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m a homeschool mom. I always knew this is where we were headed, but it also always felt so far off in the future. It seemed like we had so much more time before it became official. But here we are. The very first day of homeschool kindergarten.
The closer we got to this day, the more I tried to imagine what I wanted our homeschool experience to be like. If you’d asked me five years ago I probably would have wanted a dedicated school room, tastefully adorned with educational posters and filled to the brim with fresh supplies. I would have spent hours upon hours researching every curriculum I could find so we could pick the perfect one. I probably would have had our days mapped out down to the minute.
But a lot has change in five years. What I want Wyatt to get out of his homeschool experience has changed. I want him to learn and find his passions. I want to have fun and be flexible. I want to go on adventures and worry less. So I didn’t buy any curriculum. I rifled through a dresser drawer to find the workbooks I’ve been buying on clearance for the past few years. And hey, I found some flashcards in there too. That’ll do for now. And we have no school room. No fresh supplies. No posters. I did buy Home Learning Year by Year to use as a guide. I mean, I don’t want to totally screw the kid up or anything. And I made sure our ABC Mouse subscription was still up to date. Otherwise, we’re just going with the flow.
Today we ate eggs for lunch, which gives you some kind of idea about what time our day really got started. We took pictures outside and told about nine hundred and one poop jokes while we tried not to slip in the mud.
We sang songs and drew pictures and read books. Cousin Penelope came over and Wyatt so proudly told her this was his very first day of kindergarten. My cold-cold heart melted. There was dressing up like super heroes, hilarious games of hide-and-seek, and chasing of dogs. And in the interest of full disclosure, there might have been a few melt-downs mixed in there too. It wasn’t a textbook-perfect homeschool day. We never did sit down with those workbooks. I only gave the flashcards a passing glance. But it felt just right to me. It felt real. And any time I had a passing thought about needing to do more, I reminded myself we have time.
This is just day one of a journey that I’m so excited about. Maybe we’ll crack those workbooks open tomorrow.
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