As most homeschool parents can attest, the constant search and discovery of new games, activities, and materials for learning is happening around the clock. Sometimes that searching is out of fear that you’re failing your child. Sometimes it’s because you or your child is bored of what your doing. And sometimes it’s just plain fun to look for more learning opportunities!
Over the past few months, our homeschooling method has gone from semi-structured with constant work sheets to do with some YouTube videos tossed in, to really almost nothing structured at all. Occasionally, we would open up the phonics workbook, or print out a math work sheet, or watch some educational videos, but that was it. And honestly, it has kind of been working for us.
There’s no reason to try to cram in all these different subjects and objectives for her to learn in Kindergarten. This isn’t a sprint, this homeschool thing, it’s a marathon!
I realized that of all the missions I have in my homeschool, the MOST important one to me is to develop in my child a love of learning.
I want her to seek out new things and experiences by her own pure curiosity.
Yes, we still do our phonics worksheets and math print outs.
Yes, we still watch educational videos (A recommendation post is to follow soon on this!)
But our household, our homeschool method is changing into a more relaxed setting with ample learning opportunities.
All of that to say that we have added ABC Mouse to our learning. It’s not some perfect curriculum. Sometimes, she doesn’t want to do the lessons, but instead spend time caring for her digital pets or changing the clothes on her avatar. This used to stress me out back when we tried ABC Mouse a year or so ago. But now, I let her do those things and not stress. The learning opportunity is there and when I’m not pressuring her to do a lesson, she eventually ventures into it.
It’s become another gateway for learning for her.
And what’s more is that we created a profile for her little brother (will be 3 years old in February) to play around with the platform. He loves it! It’s helping him learn how to use a computer mouse (surprisingly difficult and strange to teach a kid how to use a mouse) and how to explore different things he’s interested in.