Ah yes, the power of community! I received an email recently from a mom who asked about schooling one child. Here's my response.
One of the readers of this blog (whom I now have the honour of calling "friend") ) also schools her only child and, for the love of God and her child, does an excellent job of it! So I asked if she would share some tips too!
Thanks Yee Wah for the really practical tips! Over to you...:
Hi, I just wanted to add my 2 cents to Suwei's (excellent) points.
I'm also a mother with one child, a 3 year old boy. I have started an
informal routine with him, am and enjoying this 'light start' to
As moms, we may tend to question ourselves no matter the situation. For example, moms with multiple children may question how they can teach with children at different levels of understanding and who are learning subjects. Teaching just one child probably sounds idyllic to them. :)
When I first wrote down the routine, I reflected on the areas where I wanted my son to grow. I felt strongly that my most important goal was to pass on love for/knowledge of God because that was the most precious and enduring gift. Practically, that came through reading the Bible, talking about God in every day situations, memorizing a simple Bible verse.
Then came character development - things like being self-disciplined, having empathy for others. Some of the character traits I knew he needed work from my everyday interactions with him. Others would serve him well later, e.g. not giving up easily. Practically, these can translate into small habits (e.g. self discipline: starting with cleaning up his toys after playing), or activities (e.g. empathy: we visit a senior home every week where he plays with the elderly and he has started to talk about things he can bring/do to make them happy each visit).
Then came the more 'traditional' things we think of when schooling: physical activity, academics (English and Chinese -reading lots of books together, math - everyday examples, science - nature observation, art).
When I wrote all these down, added time for him to play and an occasional field trip, I was surprised by how quickly the timetable filled up. I've adjusted the schedule since I made it, and it helps me to see that he is indeed learning at home in different ways.
A curriculum like ACE (which Suwei uses) also helps when starting out or getting ideas. Here are some other books/blogs which I found helpful:
At the end of the day, no matter what book/schedule you use, it will require tweaking as your daughter grows. And you can entrust it all to God, knowing that it's not the curriculum or even we as parent or teacher, who will 'make or break' our child's education. God is able to accomplish great things despite us, and we can rest steady in seeking His will.
God bless you as you ponder the next steps for you and your family!