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Person-Inspired Learning, Preschool, Success, Worry »

[16 Mar 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

My son learned to tie his shoes yesterday. It took him all of 1 minute. He’s 10.

Homeschooling, In The News, Preschool »

[20 Nov 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

The Huffington Post (online political publication?) interviewed Elizabeth Edwards about her homeschooling experience.
This article certainly will not help the debate on whether or not she’s “really” homeschooling. And it does not make it clear whether her experience as a self-described homeschooler will effect their political stance one way or the other about homeschooling. However, there are a few interesting things I noticed about the article.
1) If I had to guess, I’d say that the interviewer, Christine Escobar is a homeschooler. If she’s not a homeschooler, she knows the homeschooling community …

Homeschooling, Preschool, Progressive Homeschooling »

[31 Mar 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

One of the great advantages of homeschooling has been our ability to change what we’re doing based on how our children have changed.
My middle daughter, who is now six, has a mind of her own. She’s stubborn, knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t), and incredibly smart. What this means - she hasn’t easily gone along what with what she’s told without a really good explanation on why she should comply. She also says “why” a lot.
But here’s the thing - she is changing. At four, five, and even …

Homeschooling, Person-Inspired Learning, Preschool, Stress »

[20 Jan 2007 | 4 Comments | ]

“My daughter is afraid of math,” my friend told me. Her daughter is 5.
I said to her, “What in the hell is there to be afraid of at age 5?”
Something is seriously wrong with how she’s being “taught” math if she’s already afraid.
So my friend told me she was thinking of hiring a tutor for her. A TUTOR for a 5 year old. To teach a 5 year old how to add 2+3.
5 year old math concepts should be invisible. Some kids like formal math at age 5, but not …

Homeschooling, Preschool, Progressive Homeschooling, Reading, unschooling »

[20 Dec 2006 | One Comment | ]

My three year old is curious about reading.
There are two possible reactions I could have to this:
1) See it as a sign to get out the phonics readers. To jump on this opportunity to start teaching her the ins and outs of reading.
2) To answer her questions, keep reading to her, and allowing her understanding of reading unfold on its own.
I’m choosing number 2.
Today, we were reading a book. She would point to words and ask what is said. I told her. Over and over we did this. She would …

Education - General, Homeschooling, Person-Inspired Learning, Preschool, Progressive Homeschooling »

[6 Dec 2006 | No Comment | ]

Short answer: no.
It is not “easier to learn when you are young”. People learn when they are excited about the things that they want to learn.
Young children learn a lot, but they learn a lot of basics. They need these things to function. They are excited about the world and want to know as much as they can. They are open to anything.
As people get older, their understanding of the world becomes more concrete, and more abstract. The things that people learn when they are older, are far more complicated, …

Education - General, Homeschooling, Parenting, Preschool, Socialization »

[5 Dec 2006 | 3 Comments | ]

What’s the number one rationale for sending kids to preschool? It’s good for their social skills, they say.
I find it really interesting how many people say that preschool age children “need to learn social skills”. First of all, what kind of social skills to children this young need to learn that they can’t learn from their parents? Secondly, how is it that children learn social skills better from other children who are still learning social skills, than from their parents - who I assume already have social skills?
Very young children …

Homeschooling, Preschool, Socialization »

[26 Oct 2006 | One Comment | ]

What does it mean when a young child says, “I don’t want to play with you.” And what do we do? Should we make kids play with kids that they don’t like to teach them how to get along with each other? What do we do when kids are mean to each other?
As adults, we don’t go to every play date we’re invited to, every party, every luncheon. We pick the things we want to do with whom we want to (usually Children have the same desire …

Advice for Newbies, Homeschooling, Preschool »

[10 Sep 2006 | 2 Comments | ]

A new homeschooling mom writes about educating her four-year-old and two-year-old children. “I love the computer and work on it alot,so I thought maybe the computer was the way to go, but still dont know if it the right way,or if I should go with a set curriculum,I feel like I need something that is structured so that I get it done,and they arent waiting for mom to figure out what it is I am doing?”
This was my response to her. Anyone who is homeschooling a preschooler, this is for …