My name is Jill and I have three children-a son age 6.5, a daughter age 4.5, and a little one age 2. I've been homeschooling for one year and I participated in a mom-led preschool the year before. My teaching style is 'just go with the flow' mostly. I started college intending to go for a secondary education degree but switched halfway through because I realized I do far better with tutoring one-on-one than teaching a full classroom and I've used some of the tutoring skills I learned in college to help me make my lessons fun, interesting, and unique. I love that homeschooling allows me the ability to let my children learn in the way(s) THEY learn best and I can tailor their lessons to suit their interests and strengths. I also love that I have control over how, what, and when they are taught something. I don't agree with how much emphasis is placed on standardized test scores and how those tests aren't capable of showing the different ways a child can learn.
We're approaching the start of our second year of homeschooling my son and my first year homeschooling my middle daughter (she'll be doing the preschool workbook from COAH and I have the Kindergarten curriculum from COAH as well for her for next year) and I'm a bit nervous about how I'm going to manage working part-time, being a full time stay-at-home mom (We're self employed so I'm a SAHM who does some work for the business too.), and homeschooling two children but I'm sure I'll muddle through. For my son, I have a large 1st grade curriculum workbook I found at Barnes and Noble as well as a few smaller workbooks (Sight Words, Math, Counting, Time, Money, etc.) from here and there. He LOVES workbooks and can bomb through the smaller ones in about an hour if it's interesting so I stocked up on a bunch and will let him choose what he wants to do from them.
We'll be following the local school schedule so we start in about a week and my kids are getting super excited for the first day. I'm still getting thing sorted but we have all our supplies and books and school area set up so it is just organizing at this point.