We are a few months into the homeschool year and while we have been doing schoolwork all throughout the summer, we amped things up this fall. Here's what we're doing, loving and hasn't worked out for us. For reference, Beck is 7.5, Tanner is 4 and Tucker is 1.
For an easy break down:
We don't do any formal schooling on the weekend, but we will do hikes or play tourist around the hills.
This summer, we brought on our nanny. I was chatting with my grandma and asked her what she did with all of her kids (including my dad) when she went shopping. Shopping trips were taking me forever and with baby, it was hard to get the amount of stops I needed to make in one outing. She laughed and said she didn't bring them... she dropped the kids off at my great grandmother's place. In fact, my dad chimed in and said he only really remembers one special shopping trip and it was to the suit store looking at fancy outfits in a store downtown Yankton. After that conversation, I decided to hire a nanny. We don't have family here that live in town (my in-laws both live about an hour away) and they both still work. My husband has a really unreliable work schedule, so a nanny was the best option. It's honestly been great and I don't feel so burned out by the end of the week.
We decided to hire a private teacher and she started this fall. We have her for four hours each week and while I wanted three days a week (two hours each session), we couldn't make it work between her schedule and ours. I do see the value of education outside of the home. From speech and occupational therapy to now having a private educator, for us, it's beneficial to have them learn and take instruction from someone else other than me. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. Plus, with the rise in homeschooling numbers across the nation, I believe private educators running their own business is going to be the future for those wanting to make education their career choice.
The curriculums we are doing:
Good and Beautiful for Math and Handwriting
Berean Builders for Science
KiwiCo Box for Geography and pre-k learning (Koala) for Tanner
All About Reading for Language Arts found on Timberdoodle