Kindergarten is optional.
Not even the state of Texas requires
Ruth Beechick wrote that the 12
years of schooling are a random division of data that the powers that be
decided should be taught to everyone. The choice of subject is random;
when a student should study a subject is random; how often the subject
should be studied, random; what is included under that subject heading,
Homeschooling puts you in a unique position.
She also wrote that around the age of 11,
(it could be d be 9 or 10 or 8 or 13) most kids are developmentally capable
of understanding most of the concepts that they "need" to understand. (I
have to put "need" in parentheses since it took me longer on some concepts
than school allowed.)
She wrote that if you wait on academics until
around 11 or 12 years of age, grades K-8 can be covered in 2 years.
Grades 9-12 can be covered in another two years. When a child is
pushed to do something they are not developmentally prepared for, they
can get frustrated and phobic. Some kids are diagnosed with reading
disorders who, left to "get" the decoding of reading in their own time
(even as late as 11 or 12 years old), wouldn't have that problem.
You have decided to avoid placing your child
in an institutional setting.
Take advantage! Enjoy your children (for
they grow up before you know it).
Play with them.
Read to them.
Look at the stars.
Hunt for bugs.
Listen to music--Raffi, Joe Scruggs, Joe
Tell stories and listen to theirs (and record
Children's Museums (where you live
and then in any town to which you travel)
Travel--day trips and further.
Play in the rain.
Watch a thunderstorm through the window
as you sit cosily inside.
Build a fort (use old sheets or cardboard
Plant tomatoes, basil, watermelon, marigolds.
Plant a butterfly garden.
Hang a birdfeeder and spend the afternoon
identifying the birds.
Cut and paste
Fingerpaint with shaving cream on the kitchen
table (mix in food coloring if you want).
Go grocery shopping--have them help
you find familiar foods or match the coupon with the food.
Go to the library.
Go to parks.
Go to Homeschooling Park Days.
Have your child save money for a special
item (Lego blocks, models, bike, game, their favorite restaurant, movie,
shoes...) and help them record their savings in a small ledger.
Draw with sidewalk chalk.
Play in the hose.
Color--outside the box.
Write for them [write their stories, their
experiences (journaling), their poems, their songs, their thoughts]---take
dictation... or get a recorder if you don't have time.
If you are passionate about something, share
that with your kids.
If you want, add
Measuring cups and spoons for
A couple of good books for parents to read:
Your Five-Year-Old Sunny & Serene by
Louise Bates Ames & Frances L. Ilg.
The Mother's Almanac by Marguerite Kelly
& Elia Parsons
Listen to your kids.
Let them know they can expect the listening
and the hugs every day of your life.
Homeschooling mother of three children who
are now homeschool graduates.
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