Homeschooling, Parenting

Homeschool Series: The Curriculum

Deciding to take The Munchkin out of preschool when I decided to freelance was a big one for me. He needs to be ready for school and it’s a big responsibility but it’s one I’m happy to take on. There are certain school readiness milestones he needs to accomplish and with that in mind I was on the look out for a homeschool curriculum that would focus on that.

But there were other criteria I had:

  1. It had to be fun.
  2. It had to be very little effort to put the activities together. Because I too much to do to still be spending too much time preparing.
  3. It had to cover a range of topics and focus on all the skills he needed to master.

After much research I came across a curriculum called The Peaceful Preschool and I was intrigued. 

I downloaded the free Letter A unit to check it out and liked that the activities were easy to put together and they also included life skills like making his own sandwiches, cutting apples, sweeping the floor and making his bed.

It wasn’t very expensive and at $35 the whole thing cost less than half of his monthly preschool fees. 

We do lots of activities that work on his fine and gross motor skills and well as phonics, reading, maths art and life skills. We also do a lot of painting, puzzles, drawing, cutting and pasting.

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A day in our homeschool life

Every morning we change the date on the wall and do our circle time on the couch. 

Mostly this consists of talking about the weather, singing some songs, reciting some surahs and reading two stories. The first is a book relating to the letter and theme of the week and the second is a story from his Migo and Ali book. 

I read him stories about the prophets as well because I firmly believe that a child’s Islamic education should be taught in the home and by example.

Because there are different books each week we head to the library every second Saturday to get them. If our library doesn’t have them, I’ll try to find another book about the week’s theme to replace it or sometimes the story is on YouTube.

After circle time, we do some phonics practising, either with Play-Doh or a salt tray. He then practices his writing and patterns and then he gets to watch an episode of something relating to our theme for the week. Netflix is great for this! While he does that, I put baby down for her nap and then we usually do an art craft after that.


What about socialisation?

It only takes us an hour or two in the mornings and he has a lot of free time to just play. We also use the Adventure Clubs app to make sure we get out and have fun interacting with other kids.

After 6 weeks I have found that The Munchkin is a bit advanced for some of the things in the Peaceful Preschool, especially the maths. They often have activities counting up to 10 but he is counting to 50 already so I’ve found other resources on Pinterest to supplement the curriculum.
 
Fun with Mama has some great printable alphabet worksheets that I’m using as well.

I’ve started teaching him addition and learning to read so next week I’ll tell you more about the app we use for reading.

So far it’s going well. We have ups and downs. He mostly does what’s required of him because it’s fun but some days we butt heads and we get frustrated with each other. Some times we have lazy days and you know what? That’s okay. The whole reason for going this route was so that we would have less stress and more fun. More living, you know?

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4 Comments

  1. Abieda Siers

    November 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I often wish i could home school my kids because besides the fun factors its probably so much more affordable in general cos know school fees, stationery and school clothes, no extra activity and outing fees etc. And lets not talk about lunch supplies that I have to buy weekly that costs a pretty penny cos it has to be healthy. The other thing is I really wont have the patience for teaching my kids and they wont listen like at all. Then there is the safety factor, knowing your kids are safe at home and not in the bed bad world where there are bullies and bad people wanting to hurt children, my biggest fear. So often i find myself wondering what if?

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      November 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Well there are still extra costs like stationery and extramurals (it’s how he socialises) but not to the degree of going to school.

      Oh my word, my number one concern was that he wouldn’t listen to me and I have no patience to teach him. He’s constantly on the go and his ears are broken most of the time but it’s going okay.

  2. Tasneem

    January 9, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Aslm Zayaan. I love your blog! I have a 2 and a half year old (and a 4 month old) and I am looking into starting a homeschool type thing with a few other kids. I was wondering if you are still happy with the Peaceful Preschool curriculum and if you have found that it is appropriate for Rushdi. If not, what age do you feel its more appropriate for?

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      January 9, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Salaams Tasneem. Shukran for the kind words. I am still happy with it but I’ve found that I need to supplement with additional things as he is a bit beyond some of the things. Pinterest is your friend when it comes to homeschooling and also check out This Reading Mama’s blog.

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