Mothering Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
My ds is 18months and I am just starting to investigate the homeschooling/unschooling path. He goes to a fantatic home daycare centre (she is an ECE but runs a small daycare centre at home) where he is thriving. I am committed to remaining part time so that I can be involved in his education and want to start crafting my 'days off' to be more productive for him. I see how much input he gets with daycare and don't want him to get less at home. I would also like to start building a learning environment for him so that if we do decide to partially homeschool it will be a smooth transition.<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate any thoughts/feelings that you have on the subject. My background is in education (I am a teacher) and my partner is also post-grad. We have some space we could dedicate to ds in our home. We also have a homeschool montessori nearby where ds could spend some time in the future.<br><br>
Thanks for your help!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
321 Posts
You are lucky to have the Monterssori group nearby. I would start collecting lots of good art and craft supplies and maybe get a nice easel if you have room. If you don't have a good library handy I would definitely check out used stores or used on amazon and what not to stock up on kids books. You can look at Before Five in a Row, or maybe just try letteroftheweek.com. Though with letteroftheweek I used the ABC printouts from starfall.com because I think they are better. I started the program when my son turned 2. We only do about 15-20 minutes a day (including readin the book of the week) and we read a lot of all kinds of books. You could also check into some early math manipulatives, though at that age peg puzzles are about the best thing I can think of. I hope this helps some. I am slowly, very slowly gathering things so that maybe by the time he is 5 I will be organized<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
198 Posts
I might be wrong... it might just be where i was coming from previously so im misreading you... but some of the terms you use – about "productive" days with your ds and creating a "learning environment" maybe reflect an unconfident approach to learning and subsequent need to provide structure (guarantees). Though you mentioned you are interested in unschooling. Again sorry if im off the mark and i dont mean to offend!<br><br>
I guess id suggest that you do not get psyched out by the daycare centre and try to look & value what your ds is doing in your home and with you now in a new light.<br><br>
I too came from an educational background (uni lecturing) and found that i had to really work on deschooling myself to get confidence in my dc ability to learn... and to get over my need to "teach".<br><br>
We do create an environment on one hand, so we "strew" a broad range of objects and books to expose them to new things but are not attached to outcomes (often things are ignored)... I think the best thing we did on our unschooling adventure was to forget about "learning outcomes" and simply play, be with and share our life with our dc... believe me when i say it has taken and continues to take a lot of deschooling on my part to do that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
enjoy your journey!<br><br>
arun<br>
_____________________________________________<br><br>
| anne + arun |<br><a href="http://www.theparentingpit.com" target="_blank">http://www.theparentingpit.com</a>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,824 Posts
Definitely arts and crafts "stuff" and I would just use your imagination to provide a lot of educational 'toys' without actually forcing any specific path. I don't think there is anything wrong with a productive environment at home, if by that I assume you mean for your child to specifically have time set aside to learn, but I think thats more of a homeschooling but NOT unschooling approach? I am not an unschooler though so it may be my mistake. You say that your child's daycare is doing some things that you love. Maybe that would be a good place to start, to see what your child responds to?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,039 Posts
at that age we focused on fun tactile experiences and lots of reading time. i love the book First Art and other than that relied heavily on the library for good books. i did however do a ton of personal research at that time to sort through and decide which style/philosophy we would want to persue when we started a more formal homeschool regime. we originally explored one and ended up "traveling" from there to about the opposite extreme. we're still very relaxed but that early research gave me a good idea of where we will be headed in the next few years.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks mamas for this great feedback. I don't know if I was being clear in my original post. When I said 'productive' I just meant that I want to create an environment that is more geared to his changing needs. I felt that my time at home with him was too focused on getting chores done and not on his needs. I am including him in my day to day activities which we both enjoy, but I want to start laying the foundations for some homeschooling later. I am just beginning the process of looking into this but am interested in the unschooling model which I understand as learning through living. I just want to create a good environment that my ds can 'explore'.<br><br>
To be honest I want to avoid more formal models, I think he is way too young for 'outcomes' and I don't want to stress myself by creating false expectations. I'm very excited at the prospect of being involved in his education in a totally different way than I experienced or have taught. I suppose my lack of confidence comes from looking around me and seeing no real models. So many products which are supposed to be about 'learning' seem false to me but i am a first time mum so don't want to underestimate what my bean might be ready for. I guess I'm just trying to have a picture in my head of the kind of things he is likely to enjoy over the coming months and try to put them in his path!<br><br>
Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate hearing from like minded mamas as this is all so new!<br><br>
x<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,303 Posts
I think I understand what you are saying. What I would do in your case is continue to involve him in your chores. (That's one of the big recommendations in Montessori - practical life and in Waldorf - foundation for creative play and imitative movement.) Try to allow him to experiment with doing things for himself - pouring, undressing, turning on lights, putting pen caps on, sweeping, buckling his car seat (with help and supervision and checking, of course!), things like that. Spend time playing with him - build with blocks, pretend play with him, shape sorters, peg puzzles, string beads, take a shoe box and cut a slit in the top and have him put poker chips through the slit; put toothpicks through the holes in a cheese shaker, play in the sink or in a bean or rice bin (spooning, scooping, etc). Read to him. Lots. Do music activities with him - singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments. Arts and crafts (drawing/ scribbling, finger painting, painting at the easel, painting with water, play dough, etc - First Art is great). Play outside and do large motor activities (swing in a hammock, pull him around on a blanket, do yoga together, take walks, etc). I try to think about my day with my toddlers: Have we done something artistic? Sung and danced? Played together? Played outside? Read? Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready and Awakening Your Toddler's Love of Learning are good resources too. If you do tv, my toddler loves Signing Time and Letter Factory.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top