January 5, 2010

I Survived Day One of Pre-K

... now where's my commemorative t-shirt?
The original plan was for BB to start Pre-K in the Fall. However, due to our move, Pre-K got put off until after the holidays. And, I might add, pretty much forgotten about until Sunday, when it dawned on me that the holidays were now over. Drat.
Fortunately, I had purchased the marerials needed prior to our moving. All that was needed was for me to go over the materials, set up, and plan. Two days is a bit of a short planning period, but BB doesn't know what to expect when it comes to school, and it's only Pre-K.
Our first day went surprisingly well. We're definitely going to have to work on sitting still and listening. I'm a bit unsure as to what level of behavior I should expect from BB during school. There's a whole new level of familiarity with BB that I haven't had with a student before, so I'm not sure if I should treat him like his mom or like his teacher during the school hours.
The plan as of now is to do Pre-K 3 days a week, for a couple hours each day. Since I have already taught BB some of the basics, I will most likely focus on what I'm not inclined to do already with BB - art, music, and science. For the three R's, I plan on assessing what he already knows and building from that.
I've never homeschooled before, and I've never seen it modeled (my homeschool year was correspondence). I don't know how else to teach except for how I taught in the classroom. This will certainly be a learning process for both of us. I might post about what we're doing from time to time, but don't count on schooling becoming a regular feature ;)


  1. Glad you survived. I've learned that homeschooling is a plus when it comes to those boys (and girls) who just can't sit still. Caleb is in 1st grade, and I don't worry about it. If he needs to stand up to do his math, then so be it. As long as he is paying attention, finishes his work, and can answer questions, then I figure it doesn't matter how we get there! :) Good luck!

  2. I like the new look! Happy New Year!

    And I bet that BB will get into the swing of things with Pre-K fairly quickly. I've got to start working with my little guy too.

  3. Glad Day 1 went okay! I bet you will discover how much learning goes on informally! I learned the hard way that the informal stuff was much more fun for all-- and more effective, too--than when we sat down and had a rigid schooltime.


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