People often ask me what our days look like with both my children at home everyday. Some are curious, some are perplexed, some think we’re just a bit weird (which is okay, really, since we are). Because most young children spend part of their weeks in childcare/preschool, I’m sure people must wonder how children who don’t fare.
It’s been well over fifteen-months since we pulled our son from preschool and I can’t imagine life any differently now. It took a few months (after the initial Sigh-of-Relief period when everything was hunky dory) to adjust to having two little ones with me all the time, but now – like I said – this is normal, everyday life for us.
So what do our days look like and what do the kids get up to?
A Preschooler’s Life at Home
We read. A lot. My 4-year-old now sits through some chapter books with me.
We go on outings.
We take a moment to explore new weather experiences.
We garden. And make nests.
We do lots of walks.
We climb hills.
We get messy.
We discover God’s world.
We learn letters.
And we learn new skills.
We do many, many other things. We play together. We bake. We build with Lego. We make huts. We play Play-Doh. We ride bikes. We jump on the trampoline. We have playdates. We go grocery shopping. We go on errands. We go to gymnastics. We go to church.
I do not believe our children miss out on anything. They have a wonderful life at home where we are all learning how to be a family. How to laugh at our weaknesses. How to say sorry when we hurt each other. How to work as part of a family around the home. How to build each other up. How to know we are loved even at our worse.
It definitely isn’t easy. There are fights and bad days and grumpy moods and times for discipline (as much for me as the kids!). This mama is often praying for the Lord to help her know what on earth to do about either – or both! – of the children.
I think this is the greatest blessing of homeschooling: because we are together most of the time, we are doing real life together as real people. And I think that is one of the best things parents can pass on to their children: teaching them how to relate to one another in a way that is real, messy, familiar, and safe. As the years go on, the roots will deepen so the fruit of this living-together will be born when they are older and relating as adults.