luca's last day of homeschool preschool! ✏️📚🍎👏🏼
it's honestly wild to think that I homeschooled luca for 9 months. when luca's school announced last summer that, due to COVID, they would only be offering virtual classes for the 2020/2021 school year (at the full tuition rate 🙄), I said "no thank you!" and found the @busytoddler #PlayingPreschool program online, printed it out, and started a few days before his 3rd birthday, last September. 📓
even though school never took more than an hour each day, there were certainly times when I felt like throwing the lesson book in the garbage and quitting. there were really, really tough days (when I lost my cool) and I had to dig deep as a parent. never have I been more appreciative (and in awe!) of teachers. wrangling one toddler to do an hour of homeschool a day was tough enough- I can't imagine a classroom of them!! 🥴
I've learned patience over these last 9 months to say the least, but I've also grown so much as a mother through this experience. 👩👦 I've learned where luca struggles, his insecurities, his confidences, his limits and boundaries, when he can be pushed, and I've had the beautiful privilege of seeing more prideful moments than I ever would have seen if I hadn't had to homeschool him.
when we started homeschool, he barely knew his colors. by the end of homeschool, he learned skills like counting, the alphabet, weather and seasons, the days of the week, months of the year, pre-math, he sharpened so many fine motor skills and his vocabulary, and most of all, he learned to believe in himself. he's developed so much, and I'm so happy that we stuck with it. and I am so proud of him 💖
at the end of this morning's final school day, I did throw the lesson book in the garbage. 🗑️ and I have to say, it felt pretty amazing. 🙈 🤣 and yes, he's enrolled in school this fall 🎒 ...