Some readers may know that we’ve been struggling to decide what to do for Victoria next year. I am quite fond of her preschool–her teachers are very sweet, the rooms are beautiful, it is university based, so everyone is current with best practices and very committed. But I think she would be just as happy at home, it’s expensive, and it would simplify our schedules greatly not to stop in the middle of the day for a preschool pick-up.
Well, the decision has been made for us. I was tempted to say that the Holy Spirit had moved us in the homeschooling direction, but it hardly seems fair to blame the Holy Spirit for my general disorganization and incompetence. So let’s compromise and call it Fate. Basically, I did not pay next year’s enrollment fee on time, and we lost our spot.
I am a bit nervous — Victoria is in many ways more spirited than Violet: more open with her feelings (good and bad feelings), but also more stubborn. She’s also not reading, which means I’ll be doing much more “teaching.”
But I am also excited — I do enjoy seeing/hearing the girls play together, though the 4-year age span presents many challenges. Little Victoria is just a bundle of affectionate sweetness and such a momma’s girl right now, which won’t last forever. If I can organize myself, I think having both girls can only be an improvement.
On that score, I want to point out a couple of blogs that I have been enjoying for resources for younger kids. (They are also in the sidebar.) They are listed as homeschool friends–they may not know me from Adam (Eve?), but once you start reading these homeschool blogs the writers (the nice ones, anyway!) start to feel like friends, so “Homeschool Friends” they are.
I love to get book ideas from Citcat and her mom at Painted Rainbows and Chamomile Tea. They are just full of great ideas and suggestions, and reading through their blog makes me excited to bring Victoria home.
I also love the eclectic Waldorf- and Montessori-inspired goings-on at Lapaz Farm Home Learning. Their nature studies and notebooks are so inspiring. I know that with a preschooler Violet and I are going to have to get a bit more concrete. Violet and I could live happily in our heads 90% of the time, but not Victoria. She’ll get us back to our Wild Days discovery journals, I hope. (That, by the way, is an idea I got from Mariposa almost a year ago, in the early days of the Red Sea School.)
In other news, I’m trying to straighten up a bit — about 3 weeks worth! — and get some party food together while the girls are out with the nanny.
Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband of 11+ years. His screen name is still pending, but I’m sure he’ll look familiar to some of you. 😉