All I asked for for Christmas was kindergarten home school curriculum.

{Happily, Santa also delivered a Keurig coffee maker & some other sweet things…}

…and my kind in-laws delivered.

Why would I ask for such a thing? Well, because my girls want projects all the time and I don’t have that many ideas…because I really want them to have kindergarten learning early (by IL state law, Miranda would have to wait until fall 2012 when she’s already turning 6, and KK another year from then)…and because, I think I want to, you know, homeschool, them… at least, that is what I think right now.

So, though I opened the “intimidating” box of curriculum in the beginning of December, it wasn’t until last week that I decided to start. I got Miranda primed and ready, and our first day of lessons was last Monday. After we shook off the very loooooooong holiday we had and while KK was still napping, we began.

The first 10 days of the curriculum are quite simple: numbers 1-7, alphabet (focusing on 2-3 letters per day), and the story of creation. There are some songs thrown in as well.

Day one was smooth like butter. Miranda was excited. I was pleased at how organized and simple everything was. She smiled and learned and then I made dinner. Fab!

..the look of utter concentration as she illustrates night vs. day

…the sheer joy of having completed a task!

Days 2 and 3 have been a bit more complicated…not in content, but in form. Or something. Miranda is easily  distracted (I must remind myself, “Self? She is 4!”). She is also a little confused over our roles. She has gone from calling me “Mama Teacher” to just “Teacher,” but today, well…

…she was calling me “Teacher,” telling me about her mommy, and then reassuring me, “Mommy, I’m just pretending.”

I’m sure it is confusing. And I’m sure the use and evolution of terms has something to do with our new roles, the actual school routine as opposed to just “doing projects,” and whatever image Miranda has in her mind of “Real School” –> a term she used with me yesterday, one I’m not sure where she learned.

The other complexity is balancing my own expectations of her. For one, she is only 4… nearly a year younger than the age kids actually start kindergarten. Two, she has had no preschool. Three, her mother is a total control-freak overachiever.

So I have to get over the fact that she is not immediately grasping her letters and able to identify them by sight –

– except for “M” and “K,” which I taught them both back in the fall without the help of any curriculum.

And I must figure out what to do with the fact that I think, I think, she actually does know A-B-C-D-E-F, that she knows “B” is pronounced “bee” and not “vee,” and that she is just distracted/testing boundaries/a control freak like her mother.

And I must remember she is 4.

And I must remember we are not on a schedule.

And I must remember that maybe she didn’t “seem” to get the letters so easily today, but she knew way more about the concept of “plants” (which God made on Day 3) than I would have thought, and she was very excited to know that chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a bean which comes from a plant…she learned today!

And I must remember the reason I believe in the potential success of homeschooling for us…because I know my kids, because we enjoy the time together, because our learning and socialization are enriched by activities that can’t exist within the confines of a traditional school day. Blah blah blah.

On to day 4…and “G” and “H.”