First month: Check!

We did it! We reached the one month mark! I’m alive! Woohoooo! *throws confetti*

I’ll admit, homeschooling these last few weeks wasn’t always easy.  It’s a lot of trial and error on my part–especially when it comes to finding new activities for Mateo to actually show interest in. I’ll spend a couple of hours during the weekend researching, printing, and cutting some worksheets/activity materials for us to do together, only for him to say “Not that!” the second I whip something out.  The little boy can be stubborn when he wants to, so forcing him to do a simple worksheet just isn’t worth the effort. I’ll shed a few silent tears for the wasted effort, paper, and printer ink… then move on.

Of course, we have our good days. Thankfully, we have a lot of them. It’s the good days that keep me believing that we can do this. Mateo still eagerly asks me to do school with him every day–even if he does reject some of my proposed activities. When we’re reading together, he’ll excitedly point out a specific letter or even sight word we’ve covered in one of our lessons. He’s learning, and we’re blessed to get to witness it first-hand.

I’m looking forward to many more months (maybe even years?) of homeschooling with Mateo. Hopefully, he’ll want to homeschool with me, too!

 

 

 

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Trying out Letter of the Week

Mateo is good at a LOT of things, but identifying letters isn’t one of them. He can carry a tune and dribble a ball, but point to a letter and ask him which it is, and the chances are pretty high that he’ll name a random letter. To be fair to him, he can correctly name about 10-12 capital letters on a good day. The small letters, not so much.

Letter of the Week is a curriculum I’ve considered trying with Mateo for quite some time now. I’ve read countless articles advocating for this curriculum, but also found a number of posts advocating against it. Most of the articles I read against it argued that one week was just too long a time to focus on one letter, and that a child could learn several letters in that timeframe. While I somewhat agree with the anti-LOTW arguments, I’ve decided to try it anyway.

Since this is our first ever attempt at homeschooling and we aren’t in a hurry to teach Mateo to read, this slow and steady pace may be a good one to start with. Besides, we can always move on to the next letter if he already knows it. Isn’t that what homeschooling is all about?

Let’s see how it goes!

 

 

 

Our First Week of Homeschooling

It’s been a little more than week since we started homeschooling.

Mateo has shown a LOT of enthusiasm for homeschooling. So much enthusiasm that it’s the first thing we do after breakfast. I was initially planning on homeschooling for only about 30-40 minutes a day depending on his mood (not counting the unstructured playtime he gets the rest of the day).

What I wasn’t expecting was his not wanting to ever end our morning sessions, as well as his constant begging of “Let’s do homeschool!” after waking up from his afternoon nap. As a result, we wind up doing activities I had planned for later that week/the following week. This means lots and lots of researching for mommy! I don’t mind though. Researching is a lot of fun! Besides, how are we supposed to encourage a love for learning in our children if we say no when they want to learn?

I love how I’m getting a front /row seat to his learning. I’m marvelling at how quickly he picks up new information, as well as how quickly he can use up a bottle of glue. Haha! Seriously though, I’m able to take note of what methods work and what doesn’t work and hopefully apply this to make the learning process even more interesting for him.

I know it’s only been a week and that we’re sure to hit more than a few roadbumps, but I’m optimistic that with God’s grace, this arrangement is going to work for our family . ❤

Homeschooling Begins in 3…2…1…

Why, hello there!

So it’s been five months since my last post. Yes, yes, I know that isn’t an impressive statistic at all! Please bear with me as I am a momma to two young ones and I barely have time to brush my hair. I wish I were exaggerating! 😛 But honestly, blogging is a luxury I have not been able to afford in the last few months.

But on to bigger news–news that not even my entire family knows yet. We’ve decided to homeschool our little boy! Now this isn’t a decision we’ve made lightly. We’ve been discerning about this since Mateo was one (he’s three and a half now). We’ve gone to two homeschooling conferences and a few seminars for homeschooling first-timers, and we’ve also interviewed/nagged several homeschooling friends about absolutely anything and everything homeschooling-related. We’ve read books and articles and x number of blogs. More importantly, we’ve prayed about it and are confident that this is what we should be doing–at least this year.

Since Mateo is still young, we aren’t enrolling with a homeschool provider just yet. Instead, we’ve decided to tread the intimidating world of homeschooling lightly and do it independently with lots of help from our dear friend Google. Thankfully, there are a LOT of creative and generous mommas out there who are more than willing to share their resources. So for our family, homeschooling this year will be comprised of plenty of play, some worksheets here and there, and lots and lots of quality time with the kids.

I initially wanted to begin homeschooling in January–when Mateo turned three. However, I decided to wait until most schools started the year in June. But the first and second weeks of June flew by, and so we finally decided on June 26, 2017. It was a Monday, it was a holiday (which meant Daddy was home), it was perfect.

I aim to document our homeschooling journey as much as I can, giving credit where it is due as much as possible. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help out other mommas–both locally and abroad–who, like me, are completely clueless and taking it one day at a time. 😛 More importantly, I’m hoping that a detailed, online record of Mateo’s homeschooling journey will help me out later on–when it’s Katrina’s turn.

So here we go. Cheers to the year ahead!

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Simplifying

KonMari.

Capsule wardrobes.

Bullet journaling.

These are three methods I’d like to explore further this year. Not because they’re the “hip” things nowadays, but because I want to simplify my life the best way I can–and I  need help. I feel like I’m drowning in to-do lists, as well as accumulating too many things that I will not use or wear (ever). I’ve got to start somewhere.

This week, I started my own bullet journal.  I don’t recall ever filling up an entire yearly planner, but I dare say that I’ve found something that really works for me and can actually sustain. A bullet journal is extremely easy to customize according to your own needs, and is perfect for people like me who have countless notes and to-do lists that wind up on post-its and pieces of scratch paper that eventually get lost or thrown away.

I’ve written on approximately seven pages of my bullet journal so far. Baby steps.

A Fresh Start

Like most people, I am most full of hope at the beginning of a new year.

It’s been a busy last few days, but this evening, I finally opened up WordPress and began to list down my resolutions for the next 12 months–complete with concrete steps on how to achieve them. Maybe I just had a good weekend, but I am brimming with optimism that I can improve myself this 2017 and actually attain my personal goals.

While I initially thought that I would be more likely to meet these resolutions if I posted them on my blog, I quickly realized that I would rather keep my resolutions offline this year. No offense to you, my non-existent reader.

Just remember this: No matter how bad or good your 2016 was, He makes all things new.

Here’s to blessings and surprises in 2017!

Surprise!!!

I’M ALIVE!!!

So here I am. Again. I have to admit that I was tempted to start ANOTHER blog or, at the very least, delete the first few entries in a lame attempt to “start from scratch.” But then I realized that I might as well embrace my inconsistency, as I’m likely to put on another disappearing act at some point in the future. Hopefully, nothing as bad as an absence of almost two years.

So… a lot has happened since my last post in 2015. By a lot, I mean the conception and birth of a second child!

As of this moment, I am a momma to TWO. There’s the energetic, intelligent, talkative, and charming almost-three-year-old boy–and the beautiful, teething, drooling, crawling almost-seven-month-old baby girl.

I felt the need to revive this blog as many things are in store for our little family of four in the near future, and I really, really want to document and share them with you. Please stick around. I promise I will!