I have been homeschooling for over seven years and I have learned so much in that time. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that less is more, especially when you are homeschooling a young child up to age nine or ten. I see so many parents stress about these early years, and it is so unnecessary. I find myself telling parents over and over again “less curriculum, less scheduling, less school, more read-alouds, more outdoor time and more art and music”.
The homeschool curriculum industry is huge, and we as homeschoolers should never forget that. Homeschooling is big business, and homeschoolers are willing to spend a good deal of money on the right curriculum for their students. I know this because I have spent more money than I would like to admit on various math, science, history, and language arts materials over the years, and I have seen other parents do the same. After all, homeschooling is a big responsibility, and we as parents do not want to mess it up.
But is it all necessary? Do five and six-year-olds need to be sitting at a desk for hours a day? Do eight and nine-year olds need to be working even more hours? And do parents need to be stressed by all this? I don’t think so.
and to discover the joy of reading.
There should be plenty of time to discover passions
My kids are getting older. The twins are 12, and my youngest is 8. I miss them when they were young. When the most important part of our day was snuggling on the couch reading Five Children and It and drinking hot chocolate. These years go by so quick. Enjoy them while you can.