My oldest child, daughter, is going to be turning 4 in just a couple of months now. It is hard to believe that the time has passed by this quickly, and that so much has already happened, and has yet to happen.
Fortunately, in our State, we don’t have to inform the State that we are homeschooling until the age of 7. So my wife and I have began the search for a curriculum. Needless to say, the more I looked, and more overwhelmed I became. It was incredible, the vast array of options and prices of different curriculum kits.
Don’t get me started on the prices though; ranging from $100-$800. To their credit they include all sorts of, games, learning tools, books, and other stuff, but come on.
As I sit in growing despair at my desk, my wife sends me a link called “Please Stop Homeschooling Your Toddlers“. This article was a ray of hope into my curriculum search.
Kate, the author of the article, said so clearly ”
Mamas, there is no benefit to pushing academics on your toddlers and preschoolers. None. There is no value in trying to make a child who isn’t ready learn letters, or numbers, or writing skills, or anything else. None at all!
Yes, I know, it seems counter-intuitive. But it’s not. Kids at this age are supposed to be exploring the world around them. They are supposed to be jumping, running, and moving, to gain a sense of their bodies in space. They are supposed to be experimenting with different materials (like mixing dirt and water to see the mud they make!) to figure out how it all works. They learn best in a hands on way, being creative and solving problems.”
When I took the time to stop and think about it, she was absolutely correct. Our daughter has learned so much without us even trying to teach her. She can already sing over 90% of her ABCs, can draw a smiley face and an elephant, and many more things. It is all about having faith in our children as well as in ourselves to believe that they will learn, then they are ready, and that we will be able to teach them when they are ready.
Who better else to teach your own kids than you?