After agonizing over the decision for weeks, weighing the pros and cons, discussing it with friends who are parents and educators, my husband and I decided not to send our 4 year old twin boys to preschool this year. Neither of us ever considered “homeschooling” our children, but it seems that for this year before they enter kindergarten and they begin to spend more and more time out of the house, I will be my children’s teacher. I will also get to snuggle them just a little bit longer, help fill their growing brains with memories of exploring the world around them, and nurture a love of adventure!
I’m both excited and nervous about this task I’ve decided to undertake. On the one hand, I’m in love with the idea of spending this next year adventuring with my boys, and I’m confident that I can teach them the ABCs, the sounds that letters make, numbers–all the basics to prepare them for kindergarten. On the other hand, as most moms do on a daily basis, I’m constantly questioning whether or not I’m really doing what’s best for my children. I’m a bit nervous about the amount of work it will take to do this, the fact that I also have to care for my very demanding 18 month old daughter, and that my boys will miss out on the socialization aspect of preschool.
I hope that most days will be full of laughter and the spirit of adventure, but I’m sure that there will be many frustrations, days that I wish I had put them in preschool… So here I am blogging about it. Mostly, it’s to hold me accountable for the next 9 months, but also for me to think about the things that work for us and the things that don’t. And maybe if anyone reads this, it will help them with their own preschool adventuring, whether in Seoul or not!