Lite Brite and the First Day of Homeschool

I took these images on the first day I attempted to homeschool my son for preschool.  Oh, the ideas that swirled in my head that day... I'm now writing this post months later.  I have found it incredibly difficult to do any kind of formalized project or intentional activity just with my 4-year-old son without my 2-year-old daughter being a 2-year-old.  Of course, when I put this in writing it sounds incredibly obvious, but Pinterest and snippets of other people's successes had lured me into thinking this was possible.

Attempting to homeschool at such a young age has taught me that it's not going to go according to how I think it's going to go.  I've let go and let things happen more organically, at his request.  We spend baby naptime working on things.  Sometimes.  And sometimes I just want that time to myself.

It's been a year of him guiding me and me continuing to realize what I've known all along - that children are constantly learning.  And this is what he's teaching me.  I'm also learning I don't think homeschooling is for me, at least not now.

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My EverydayEmily Mitchell