I totally know the feeling of “OMG we need to start NOW!” when you decide to homeschool. Even if your kid is still in diapers. Trust me, I’ve been there. I tried to “school” our oldest when she was a tot and it lasted all of a week. Kids just need to play. Play is learning.
Ask any mom of older children, any teacher, any childhood “professional”, or check out all the science to back it up – play is learning. Kids need to play.
Our youngest (almost 2) is advanced, but I’m not starting school with her any time soon. I don’t care how much she’s “a sponge” or “craves more”. She’s adding massive amounts of words to her vocabulary every day and conversing well beyond her age. Should I start some letter-a-day program? Pfft. No.
We’re currently potty training. She runs around naked all day (okay, so she usually has shoes on because she loves shoes) and occasionally pees on herself. My expectations right now include her making in to the potty half the time. So far, she’s exceeding those expectations. Go lil sis!
P.S. The ONLY concern I have right now is that she really likes being naked.
So what brought about this topic tonight? Social media of course.
I was skimming through a very popular homeschool mom Facebook group when I stopped on a post by the mother of a two year old. She has mapped out lesson plans with the entire day structured around subjects like “indoor/outdoor gross motor skill”, “practical life activity”, and if you look under “music”, you’ll find piano lessons. There are also daily books, sign language, letters, numbers, and colored dictated for the week.
The majority of replies were telling her to just let the kid play, read to her… ya know, let her be two and just be an attentive mom. She didn’t seem very receptive of that advice. A few were mystified by her post, a few others cheered her on. The later also had very small children who did “school”. Like this mom…
(You can guess who “liked” that.)
Apparently being a mom is so rare nowadays that simply raising a child is “school”!
Have small children? Want them to be smart and super awesome learners? LET THEM PLAY.