My thoughts after three weeks of homeschooling my spunky 2-year old:
*Â A 2-year old can be a fantastic learner, but is not a young adult (‘learned that on day 1).
*Â What I do today will influence the tone of our home as that 2-year old grows into that young adult
*Â That’s why I have to default to JOY JOY JOY no matter what.
* And since JOY is a fruit of the Spirit, He’s the inspiration of our days.
* And He gets first say about each activity in our curriculum book, calendar, or else where.
* The “school day,” therefore, has quickly morphed from a strict block of “SCHOOL TIME: FROM 10 – 12 EVERY DAY!” (I promise, I was not going to install an automated bell-system, although those who know me – including my former students – know that I’m a sucker for a classroom full of rosy-faced, hand-folded enthusiastic learners. Perhaps its a rebirth of my mom’s teaching days in the Catholic school system or my own idyllic imaginings of the one-room school house. Regardless, I have to make a conscious decision every day not to assume that everybody loves to sit down and read the Classics while working through an in-depth study guide.) As I was saying, my original strict-scheduled plan has transformed into days full (or half-full, anyway) of learning activities that usually relate to the day’s themes and contain a similar structure, but are much more fun and much more… age-appropriate.
* In other words, I calmed down about the whole thing and both Vivienne and I are having a wonderful time together, learning and playing and waiting for daddy to come home.