So, it’s no secret that I am not totally loving my daughter’s new school. Its not like it is a bad place or they have some terrible curriculum, I just feel like she could be doing more.
I want her to be doing more schoolwork and not as much playing. The problem is that she is happy there (finally!) and I think it will be a good year for her to learn how school works without the pressures of actual school. And she is only four, not exactly a deal breaking age for future achievements.
That being said, I am a teacher with a Master’s degree in Reading Education and I have been working on her skills in this area and would have loved to see it extended in school more. Since it is not I am taking things into my own hands. I started researching some different home learning options to extend into the afternoons and found some really amazing resources. I am not going to home school (though these books convinced me that it is a waaaaay better learning experience.) I just want to add some structure to our afternoons. After school we have nap/quiet time, then we just kind of laze around. We watch a bit more TV then I would like, I spend a bit more time on-line than I would like and it just gets kind of sad.
I’ve since read this book and set aside an hour or so a day to devote to different school subjects: reading, writing, science, history and art. I want to do fun, reading based activities and some cool hands on learning activities.
I’ve always kind of figured that I would supplement my children’s learning at home to help with what might be missing at school. I know teacher’s cannot do everything at school. I’ve been there. So it is my job to make the best of this year (and future ones) so my kids can be the best they can be.