I was about to make another “essentials” list, but I am far from the expert on back-to-school. My kids are homeschooled three days a week and attend a preschool program two days a week. This creates a unique list of needs and requirements as we have our feet dipped in both sides of the pond (did I just make that phrase up? It felt right until I typed it, but I digress.) I always like to know what people actually
use. Not what looks great or sounds interesting but what they actually use and love. Since I work to create the content I most enjoy, here are the things I purchased for back to school this year.
Oshiolema wrapped up his first year of homeschool (Preschool) this summer and it’s just about that time to start things up again. O and I spent weeks on end evaluating our schooling strategy for this year but after much deliberation, we’ve come up with a plan that we have peace with and the kids are thrilled about so keep reading to find out what we settled on.
Something I enjoyed most about the Peaceful Press Homeschool curriculum is being exposed to new books I otherwise may never have found. Each day has a heavy emphasis on reading and let me tell you, my kids are readers through and through. (And when I say readers, I guess I mean ask-for-me-to-read-ers until they memorize it.) I always take note of the book they want to read over and over, especially when it isn’t a superhero book, to track what’s getting their attention and peaking their curiosity. Here were our favorite books from last year.
I’ll never forget the first time I made an Amazon Prime purchase. I was 20 weeks pregnant and had heard so many moms say this was “the key” with harsh emphasis on “key” so I took their word for it. A yellow baby bath sponge and some swaddles showed up two days later. It was magic. I was hooked. While I’ve been no stranger to a brown prime box on my doorstep, these past few months have ramped up the arrivals a bit since we had 20+ hour of road trip time, a mini-move and a school switch. Here are a few of my more recent purchases plus a couple old favorites just for good measure:
In December, I took the kids to the trampoline park. We wind up there often, especially after particularly challenging or exciting weeks. After wandering around the trampolines, dodgeball areas and foam pit, Lema ended up at the basketball station. He walked up next to the single file line of big boys and stood next to them. I yelled to him, “Lema! You’ve gotta hop in line, bud!” He looked at me like he does many times throughout the day. It’s a look that says “what do you mean?” That’s when it clicked for me. My three year old has never had to stand in line before. It wasn’t a great feeling.
It’s such a strange thing to type, “we chose to homeschool.” Have you ever stumbled into a life you’d never choose for yourself but know beyond the shadow of a doubt it’s what’s right for you, right now? That’s where I find myself. I still wouldn’t be able to say I “chose” to homeschool, but I can say this with full confidence: I have been called to homeschool this year and I’m going to offer my desires, ideals and fears up every day to see what the Lord has in store through this year with my guy.