I’ve done “preschool” stuff with Jaron off and on for a while. Most of it was for the sake of experimentation – just kind of getting my feet wet and doing something fun together. But we didn’t get into anything too structured because a) I wasn’t ready for it, b) Jaron didn’t seem interested in it, and c) the vast array of opinions out there about whether to do preschool at all and, if so, what it should look like.
Don’t get me wrong though. We have always done TONS of learning through play, outings, reading, crafts, etc. Then recently Jaron started asking to “go to school”. His cousin and some friends now go to school, so he wanted to as well!
First, I nailed down the goals for our preschool. We just made a list of what we wanted them to be learning right now. Here’s the gist of it:
God – Who God is, that He loves them, and how to love and follow Him.
Bible – Familiarity with and reverence for God’s Word, making it a priority in daily living and the authority in our lives.
Relationships – How to love others and to navigate relationships in a biblical way.
Love of Learning – Making learning fun, challenging, and something that will be an integral part of daily living instead of only “school time”.
Of course, this doesn’t cover everything we want them to learn, but it’s the backbone. I’ll post next about what we are actually doing now for preschool.