One of my very favorite parts of maintaining this blog is that it gives me an opportunity to interact with the many wonderful other parents and teachers out there who also have blogs devoted to the issue of early childhood education. From time to time, I am going to highlight some of these read-worthy blogs on this site and invite the blog’s author to share a guest post.
Shortly after I joined the blogosphere, I stumbled on The Moffatt Girls, which is a wonderfully written blog by a former-teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom to two beautiful girls. Annie is about to begin homeschooling her children and her perspective on making homeschooling effective and fun is really a fantastic one. As soon as I decided to begin highlighting other wonderful bloggers on this site, I knew I wanted Annie to be my first special guest. Without further adieu, I’d like to introduce Annie.
I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be guest posting here on School Sparks! Renee has created some amazing resources and this has certainly been a great resource for us!
Hi everyone! My name is Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls and I am the mother of two little girls, Audrey 5 and Sophia 2 ½. Before I got a promotion to full-time Mommy, I taught elementary school and absolutely LOVED it! I taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade, although I must say that 4th grade was my favorite. When I became pregnant with Audrey, I decided to job-share so that I could be at home more. However, when Sophia came along, I knew that I needed to resign and that full-time motherhood was going to be my new “job”. It has been the BEST decision I have made for my family!
So now that I am planning on homeschooling the girls, I thought I would share a few tips that have helped us maintain a healthy environment for learning! These are just a few key components that have helped to make our homeschool journey both enjoyable and successful.
#1 Organize- It is so important to maintain organization with your materials. Organization means that we purge, we clean and we make our resources accessible. To get the most out of your supplies, you need to be able to know what you have and where it can be found. It doesn’t really matter what method you use, as long as you have a method that works for YOU!
#2 Have a Plan- You don’t need detailed lesson plans, but you do need to know how your time can be best used to meet the needs of those little ones in your life. I like to have a weekly plan, one for each of my girls, of what I hope to do with them during the week. When I don’t have plans or goals for my day, things just don’t go as well. I find myself looking for activities they can do and wasting time. This also means that I have my materials ready to go for each day. Again, you waste so much time and energy when your resources are not organized.
#3 Be Flexible- Plans and goals are good, but you also need to be flexible, especially with little ones. There are days when my little Sophia (2 ½) wants nothing to do with all of the “great” plans I have for her. She flat out tells me that she doesn’t want to do it and walks away. That’s okay. I usually come back to it later or try something else. In fact, much of her “school” time means that she plays with her little kitchen or she tends to her baby dolls. However, she also loves it when I have activities planned for her.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope that your journey as an educator, homeschooler or parent is and will always be a joy! Our little ones will not always be little and these days are precious!