Keeping a Balanced Approach to The Pre-K and Kindergarten Years

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Keeping a balanced approach to preschool and kindergarten is wise for the sanity of mom and child!

Since I was homeschooled all my life I had a good idea of what homeschooling my own children would be like. I remember the fantastic days of school, singing civil war songs around the piano, nature studies, reading so many wonderful books, and watching Andy Griffith during lunch time. :)

But I also remember the days where we started really late, my brother and I laughed during the entire devotion, my mom breaking down in tears and getting so frustrated, her worry over our weak areas in school, and trying to juggle school in between doctor appointments and moving six times in six years! Homeschooling takes a devoted mom with a steadfast vision to continue year after year.

When our oldest was approaching pre-school age I was very much into the Charlotte Mason method of letting young children learn through playing, being outside, reading to them, etc. We didn’t do very many workbooks, and I didn’t push him to read young. I still remember being pregnant with our youngest, and being in bed during a very difficult first trimester. He was seven at this point and still hardly reading anything. I was beginning to get frustrated, even though I knew all the statistics about boys being late readers. As I lay in bed I overheard him reading a book to his sisters, and he literally started reading overnight! I couldn’t believe it. He now is an avid reader, and we can’t keep him supplied with enough good books to read!

I have changed my opinions concerning the preschool/kindergarten years as I’ve had more children. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten a little more proactive about what we do, instead of relaxed. It’s still a season of life that I don’t stress about though.Children learn through observation, through living life, and yes, through workbooks! (Olivia writing her letters in a one room schoolhouse!)

There are two different approaches that I’ve observed when it comes to preschool and kindergarten.

The first is the super excited first time mom that can’t wait to get started. She takes her baby to infant music classes, teaches her sign language, and at 2 years old is trying to teach her the ABC song. By 3 she is hoping to have the child reading some simple words, and excelling in Kindergarten at age 4. A strict school routine and a formal school area is found in their home. The parents are so proud of their smart child, and they are quick to show off the child’s work to everyone.

The second mom lets the child simply live life, play with lincoln logs and dolls and cars, help the mom in the kitchen, play outside for hours, and teaches him to count using blocks. She traces letters in the air with her finger, and has a special box of salt or sugar that the child makes his first letter shapes in with his finger. Formal workbooks and teaching him to read comes much later, at the age of 6 or even 7.

Both approaches can work. However neither approach works perfectly for the large family. My 4 year old is the 4th child, and I have a 5th, 3rd, and 1st grader that must be engaged in school work every day.  By the time I get done with all the necessary schoolwork, I just don’t have the energy to go make letters out of clay, or sit and play blocks with my 4th child by herself.

What I do have the energy for is some scheduled workbook pages that she can do while I’m working with the other children. Olivia begs to do her Horizon’s Preschool workbook, and when we don’t get to it she actually gets pretty upset! Workbooks sometimes have a bad name to them, especially for little ones, but at this point that’s exactly what she needs.

Preschool years are so much fun! (Yes, that is a princess in the background! She loves her play dress.)

Olivia already knows how to count to 10, her ABC’s, colors and some shapes. Did I sit down and do one on one instruction with her when she was 3? No, not really. She learned most of these things by simply being the 4th child, observing her older sister as she counted and sang the ABC song. She watches Preschool Prep videos, and I sing the ABC song with her about once a week. :)

When I started homeschooling I had a hard time getting settled into a routine. I switched curriculum a few times, and I focused so much on teaching my child to read I think I neglected a few other areas. Math does not come easily for him, and we struggle through it every day. Grammar and spelling is another weak area. Those are all textbook related subjects that are learned through sitting down and studying from a book and filling a worksheet out. It’s not a bad thing, unless your child has a learning disability that makes worksheets very difficult. Children learn through observation, through living life, and yes, through workbooks! 

I really don’t stress about the preschool and Kindergarten years – I’ve grown to really enjoy them. When my child hits first grade, that’s when I get much more intense with them. I’m doing math, reading, science, grammar, handwriting, and reading out loud with my first grader this year.

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A few of the products I’ve used and highly recommend from the Bundle -

New England Primer Manuscript – I’ve shared before about how much I like this. We use it often, and just keep it in page protecters so both of my girls can practice handwriting skills.

Character Concepts for Preschoolers – It can be hard to teach a young child why they need to share, to not lie, hit, steal, etc. This book is wonderful about teaching children through stories. Highly recommend it!

Hands on Character Building- I’ve read this book and it has some wonderful ideas on projects, activities, games, and more. Written by an experienced mom of 14 children!

Large Family Homeschooling – I almost cried when I read through this book, because it reminded me so much of my mom. Written by one of my favorite bloggers, Amy from Raising Arrows, I can’t recommend this book enough! Every mom should read it, whether you are just starting out or you have a large family.

Character Badges- Our children have been loving the Character Badges system lately! My husband created this program, and it really rewards the child for good behavior, and gives the child and parents accountability for their wrong behavior. Sean has been giving them 10 shots at the basketball hoop for a candy bar when they earn a #3 badge. It’s a pretty exciting day when they get the #3 badge and they get to try and win the candy bar! :)

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Modest Monday and a Link Up

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I love my rainbow Denim Skirt for an everyday skirt outfit. Saturday felt like a normal weekend day for us. We are always so busy with  work (online and around the house) and church (my husband is the pastor of our church this year and is teaching our Sunday School class), it can be hard to stop and just get away on Saturday and do things with the children.

We spent the day doing some housework, I worked on cleaning the garage. I wore a casual outfit, but one that I like for working around the house.

You can look happy and put together for a day of cleaning the house! I normally wear my halftee with short sleeves under sleeveless shirts, but it was in the laundry so I wore a cap sleeve shirt instead.

Looking down at my cute polka dot nails makes me smile! Whenever I look down and see purple polka dots on my nails I smile. Yes, it is a little thing but I like it. :)

Playing a game of wiffle ball We went to a nearby park in the afternoon and played a game of wiffle ball as a family, and then went to the little water park at the park afterwards. We all had so much fun! Mosiah was taking a lot of pictures while we were playing, so I thought it would be fun to share some.

I didn’t grow up playing sports, and thankfully my husband is very patient with me. I kept hitting the ball and then running to first base with the bat in my hand. It got to be a joke, but I finally remembered to throw it down and start running the last time I hit!

Don’t you love the stylish sunglasses? ;) They are my husband’s sport sunglasses, I couldn’t find mine when we were playing. I got hot while I was playing and found one flexi clip in my purse. It wasn’t large enough to pull all my hair back, but I did get it out of my face. Love my flexi clips!

I hope you had a great weekend!

What I Wore

Skirt – Rainbow Denim Skirt from Deborah & Co.

Cami – Halftee 

Sleeveless Shirt – Merona Tank Top from ThredUP

(You can get $20 credit if you are a new customer to ThredUP and sign up using that link for a limited time!)

Sandals – Birkenstocks

Polka Dot Nails – Jamberry Wraps

Link Up Time!

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Please grab the button below and share on your blog post so others can come and join in the link up as well!

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I used to not have very high opinions of MLM companies. Could you actually earn anything as a normal mom that wasn’t going to require 30-40 hours a week, normally in the evenings and weekends, doing parties and shows? I had pretty much made up my mind that I would never be involved with any sort of company where I was a consultant for them.

That is until I discovered Lilla Rose.

I still remember when Paula Ramn approached me, as a very small blogger, and wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing a flexi clip. I was so skeptical, and told her as much. She assured me that there really was a clip that could hold all of my waist length hair, and so I told her I’d try a clip and do a review.

After trying the Princess Tiara in a size large I was sold on the concept of flexi clips. A few months later I thought about actually joining the company, as I was so excited to have finally found a clip that would hold up all of my thick, silky hair!

Princess Tiara Flexi Clip from Lilla Rose

The rest is history. I did join, and I remember when I got my first check in the mail that was around $20 I was so excited! I was actually selling some online through my blog. It was an amazing concept to me!

Fast forward 4 years later, I have an amazing group of ladies on my team. 99% of them are all online and  I have never even met them! There are so many different opportunities available, and many different unique ways to sell Lilla Rose.

I’ve only done one home party for Lilla Rose, and have grown my business online. Other unique ways consultants have grown their Lilla Rose business is through sharing at their homeschool co-op, giving out free clips to friends to try, sharing on their Facebook pages, doing online parties through Facebook or doing catalog parties, and yes some do shows and home parties. It all depends on what your situation in life is, and what type of income you want to earn.

Lovely Flexi clip!

There are some unique things about Lilla Rose as a company.

  • What company do you know of that the owner of the company actually personally calls you and welcomes you! John Dorsey, the owner, tries hard to do that!

  • Lilla Rose is owned by John Dorsey, but it is like a family business as he is married with two high school age daughters. I’ve even heard that they have homeschooled, but I don’t know the details if they still are. I just thought that was neat to know!

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Lilla Rose has been a true blessing for our family, and I love that I can be part of a company that offers such lovely and practical products.

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 Some Commonly Asked Questions

“I live outside the USA, can I become a consultant?” 

Lilla Rose only allows consultants who are in the USA only, so that means no Canadian consultants or anywhere else outside of the USA.

“I’m so confused as to what kit I should order, please help me figure out which one is best for me!”

I joined with the Party Kit and it was perfect for when I started. But if I had to do it over again, I would have started with the Fast Start Party Kit Option. Even if you only sell online, it is wonderful to have flexi clips to use for reviews and giveaways, sharing with friends, and building up a personal inventory. Remember, to sell the clips you have to wear them!

When you purchase the Fast Start Party Kit, you are receiving $1,100 worth of clips for $549.95 (plus tax). You are now qualified to earn bonuses on anyone who signs up under you. If you are serious about selling Lilla Rose it is an excellent, one time only opportunity. Once you join you cannot purchase the Fast Start.

“Can I choose what clips come in my kit?”

You cannot pick what clips you would like in your Party Kit. If you are getting the basic Party Kit, you will receive 5 clips, mini through large in a variety of styles.

If you are wanting to earn some extra income, this is a fantastic opportunity! Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to help other women earn a little extra income!