I hate back to school time. It’s touted as many parents favorite time of year. So why do I dislike it?
“It’s nice to meet you! You’re going to homeschool, right?” She said. “You shouldn’t homeschool. You should send your kids to school here in Mexico.”
I was taken aback. However, it ended up being the norm here. I would meet an expat and they would immediately tell me to not homeschool my children in Mexico. The two biggest (and only) reasons given?
I’ve followed Asia Citro’s blog for a few years now (info at end of post). I found it when I was looking for fun, messy play activities I could recreate at home for my littles. Her younger child is right around the same age as my kiddos, so she has many safe, fun activities for very young kids (maybe not travel friendly, but these suggestions are).
Now, she’s also written a book series about a young scientist and her mom, who need to run experiments in order to help out magical creatures. It’s fantastic!
Okay, so I love it, but what do my kids think?
When I found Music Together (which made this list), my children were 1 and 2 years old. I drove around 45 minutes one way to attend because the teacher and classes came so highly rated by fellow moms, who had a similar parenting philosophy to mine. I couldn’t help but wonder: would Music Together live up to the hype?
I took the kids to the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time earlier this month (November, 2016). It was also my first visit there! Of course, I’ve been to museums before, but not with kids in tow (except for the Henry Ford Museum, but that’s a little different).
So, is it fun for kids?
All of my husband’s immediate family speaks two or more languages. My husband is fluent in two languages and has a working knowledge of a third. His cousin is fluent in four languages (she’s amazing, by the way). I only speak one language. I want my children to speak at least one additional language (English is their native language and also mine). I wanted to immerse them in another language, but I don’t want to sell everything to travel the world or settle somewhere else long term. What was I going to do to encourage language learning while staying true to my unschooling philosophy?