Big “A” and Little “a”
Since the earlier we begin academics, the more problems are revealed, were the problems there waiting to be discovered or does the premature introduction of lessons cause the problems? By Vivian Paley
Do You Need to Teach Kindergarten?
“What curriculum do you suggest for Kindergarten?” This is a question I am frequently asked by parents. It is also a question I find particularly difficult to provide a quick, easy response to. The truth is I do not believe that a curriculum is necessary for Kindergarten, but that usually is not the answer parents are looking for or expect. By Karen Gibson.
A Homeschool Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten
Early years are the perfect time to provide an atmosphere where the child can freely dream and play and explore and grow in both body and imagination. By Lillian Jones
Homeschooling 3 and 4 Year Olds
Paula’s Archives of an email discussion about starting to homeschool younger than 5 year olds. (A good answer as to why I don’t have a “preschoolers” section on A to Z Home’s Cool!)
Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has
New data support a return to “balance” in kindergarten. Have kids gotten smarter? Can they learn things sooner? What effect has modern culture had on child development? By Laura Pappano, Harvard Education Letter. S/O 10.
Discussion list for parents homeschooling preschool and kindergarten, ages 1-5. Topics include curriculum selection (whether necessary or not), teaching tips, creative learning ideas, time management, as well as others.
Ideas that help parents create an interesting curriculum and stimulating surroundings, and explains how to teach the basic skills young children need to practice.
Kindergarten Skills and Ability Development: What? Why? How?
The kindergarten parent is left with the feeling that, although each suggestion is important, it shouldn’t be so overwhelming and guilt-laden. Today’s kindergarten parent wants more!
Looking at Those Lessons
Your 4-year-old isn’t wired for lessons. He’s wired for play. That’s how he learns. Through play. By Carol Narigon, HEM N/D 2002.
Reflecting on the Value of Materials and Classes
We all come into homeschooling with some common preconceptions of what the program should be – but many who have been at it for a while or raised homeschool grads are likely to strongly suggest not setting up a structured study program for young children. This is where some misunderstanding can come into play. By Lillian Jones.
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
With Matthew we have so far chosen a hands-on, eclectic, delight-directed learning path. As he grows, the path will change. For now, there are some days when he teaches me, some when I teach him.