5/29/2011

All School Should Start with Homeschool


Homeschool vs. Public School vs. Private School vs. Charter School - and the list of opportunities for your child's education can go on and on. Is one better than the other in regards to your child's education? 


As a teacher, I could argue points as to why a public school education could benefit your child. After working in the private (Catholic) sector for the last 5 years I could give you pointers as to why you would want to go this route. As a parent to three young children and observing family members who have decided to homeschool, I can explain the benefits there as well. The debate could go on forever, egos would be bruised, countless points would be proven and yet the decision still remains in the hands of the parents.



For today, we are going to set aside our differences in opinion and discuss the most important education of your child's life- the formative years before school; before they are able to read or write; before they can find the circumference of a circle. Those years belong to you, the parent.



You, {believe it or not} the parent, are your child's first educator...................



Regardless if you are aware of your role or not, your child is a sponge soaking up information that you share. When you announce to your child "Now, roll me the red ball!" You are not only interacting with your child, you are also teaching him in countless ways. First, you are giving him a lesson on how to take turns and illustrating cause and effect by rolling the ball back and forth. Secondly, by describing the "red" ball, you are also teaching your child colors.



The human child's mind is literally a sponge; soaking in and processing new information each day. When children are young they are not only willing but capable of learning various concepts that we present to them. Then why don't more parents put the cap and gown on their children and send them off to Harvard by age 3? 

Right now their main job is simple- to play. Play can provide so many great experiences- learning how to share and relate to one another, imagination and creativity, not to mention physical exercise. Teaching your young child does not have to be done by workbooks, flashcards or other formal learning systems. Young children learn best through self-exploration and play.


".....preschoolers learn differently from school-age children: play is essential to early learning. Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to solve problems and to feel good about their ability to learn." (Source)

Games, puzzles, books, crafts, free play and life experiences should all encompass your child's early education. Make each moment special as you interact with your child- remembering that is quality and not quantity that matters.

Don't forget that teaching the basics also include learning your address, phone number, full name, birth date, and manners aside from their ABC's and 123's!

The education that you chose for your child for their formal school years is solely based on what works for you and your family. Regardless of what educational path you chose, all school should start with your young child being homeschooled by you, his parent. You can provide your child with the ability to succeed, the self-esteem to conquer obstacles and the drive and determination to help them live out their dreams.



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Classified: Mom suggests (but not limited to) fun learning products:
Books that teach letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.:
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)Chicka Chicka Boom BoomEric Carle's ABC (The World of Eric Carle)Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First ReaderRainbow Fish Big BookThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Memory Game (The World of Eric Carle)

Board Games:
CandylandChutes and LaddersDora the Explorer: ABC GamePreschool Numbers Memory Game

Puzzles:
Melissa & Doug See-Inside Alphabet Peg PuzzleMelissa & Doug See-Inside Numbers PegMelissa & Doug Numbers Sound PuzzleMelissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo PuzzleFish Colors Mix N Match Peg Puzzle




Also, make sure to visit my Arts and Crafts and Resource Page for some learning craft and activities!

5 comments:

  1. wonderful post! You are so right - these early years are so important and parents are the most important teachers during this time.

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  2. I agree with you completely- both of my girls knew the ABC's - basic words and math problems before they started kindergarten.. We've been public - then private - public - and now one in an on-line charter school (public had too many distractions for her) - My kids' education is my #1 priority!
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  3. We made a very conscious choice to put our kiddos into public school. But we have always firmly believed that we are first and foremost responsible for our children's education. We let their teachers know this right away - they are a HUGE part of the educational process, but we're not sending the kiddos away for 'all day babysitting' and expecting the teachers to be the sole source of education for our kiddos. We are their primary educators. We entrust some of that teaching to public educators, but at the end of the day, we know we're responsible for our children's education. It starts at home, but it doesn't end at home when they go to school (whatever kind of school).

    Great Post!!

    Following from "Say Hi Sunday Hop"! HI!! :)

    ~ Raylene @ It's OK to be WEIRD!

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  4. I love your educational materials suggestions. Great advice! When we have a child, we plan to supplement public school with part-time homeschooling.

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  5. Yes you can have the best of all worlds. Education doesn't stop once your chil leaves their classroom!

    Thank you for your insights!

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