I have wanted to homeschool since I was a homeschooler myself. That is in no way an exaggeration. I’ve been planning what I would do and dreaming of how amazing it would be since I was about 15 or 16 and over the years I even bought books about homeschooling theory and some curriculum. What can I say? I’m passionate about education and the opportunities that homeschooling brings. Having to set aside that part of myself for years before we brought Nathan home was hard for me.

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But, now. Now the time has come. Now I can indulge my passion. Now I have a child who actually needs schooling from me, his Mama. Now I am a homeschooler. Yes, he’s only two, but we begin to learn as soon as we gain our senses in utero and I intend to make the most of every bit of my son’s five senses and intelligence. We have so much fun playing all the puzzles, blocks, sorters and stacking games I and others have lovingly bought him. We color. We sing songs. And this week I made play dough for us to play with.

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I am using a book called Slow and Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander which has a weekly focus from birth to age 4 years and 52 weeks. We started in January with the 2 year old year which puts us just slightly behind his actual age. I figure there will be lessons we skip along the way that aren’t applicable or in keeping with his abilities. We’ve learned how to pop out when the Monkey chases the Weasel. We’ve learned about the top shelf and bottom shelf. We’ve learned front and back. And this week we’re using homemade play dough to talk about Big and Little and Circles and Squares. He already knows several shapes, but this should help cement the idea. Homemade playdough is easy to make. This recipe is the same that we got out of the book, although I added the food coloring before cooking and used a spoon so as not to dye my hands. I love how you can customize the color. Ours is a lovely robin’s egg blue.