My daughter, Audrey, is almost five years old, and will be ready for kindergarten next year. We are actively thinking about her schooling options for next year. OK, tiny lie. I am actively thinking about it. Will is actively listening to me obsess over it.
We have a number of great options. Each has its pros and cons.
- the Christian school down the street (a ministry of our church)–no driving, great teacher, EXPENSIVE, at least for our budget
- a great neighborhood public school–free-ninety-free, no driving, she’s away from the fam for hours a day (that’s a con for me)
- a potentially fantastic charter school in our district–free, sweet curriculum, driving involved (I really dislike putting 3 kids in car seats)
- homeschooling–cheaper than private school, she’s at home (pro), she’s at home (con?)
The deciding factors may end up being how much we have to drive, how much extra money we have in our budget for schooling, and how much of Audrey’s help I may need next school year. No, that’s not an announcement.
I really like the idea of homeschooling, but I think I have convinced myself that I’m not the homeschooling type. In reality, I think I’m just the lazy type. So in an effort to make a mature, educated decision on homeschooling, I have committed to bustin’ through a 4-year old preschool curriculum starting this week to experience what it’s really like. I think we can be finished by the middle of the summer.
I’m also interested in figuring out how to teach my kids at home without breaking the bank. It seems easy to get sucked into the homeschooling curriculum vortex (I totally made that up) and we do not have the room in our budget to buy a bunch of stuff, mostly due to our health insurance premiums increasing by 25%!
I will be using the sweetest little preschool curriculum EVER: ABC Jesus Loves Me. The site is a dream come true: simple, easy to navigate, and very adaptable. I know a lot of our readers have little kids at home too, so I will be updating my frugal experiment every week or so with what we’re doing and how it’s working.
I’d love to hear from those of you who have intentionally done preschool at home and those of you who are also thinking of trying this out.
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