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Is that considered schoolwork?

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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Here is another article that delves into this guilt trip we mothers always seem to fall into....  

Does that Count as School? — Guest Blogger Cindy

January 27th, 2013 by dailynews

                              

A friend of mine and I have an inside joke that involves PBS…

Does Word World count as doing reading today?

I can already hear all the gasps of the critics…”I knew this homeschool thing was a hoax…”

Don’t let me be misleading; it started with a sick week. My kids had been passing a stomach bug and as I tried to plug school in here and there between helping whomever was vomiting at the time, I realized we’d had PBS on for about three. I also heard one of my five-year-old twins parroting back to the TV as Word World assisted me in teaching him how to read. As I felt my mommy guilt overpowering me, I called in for backup; a more seasoned homeschool mom.

“We’ve been watching PBS for three days. Does that count as school?”

She quickly reassured me that, yes, all circumstances considered, it does.

We have a reading curriculum. We have a curriculum for every subject. And on top of that, the twins get services at the public school three times a week for two and a half hours at a time. And although the focus of that time is socialization, reading and other learning is happening while they’re there.

My kids are learning. And not everything they need to know comes out of a text book. In this bizarre race to make kindergarten the first grade of our generation and in essence fast forward through a whole year of development and play and social skills, we’ve become trapped in the “smartest kid gets ahead” mentality. A preschooler should not feel pressure. It’s okay if a five-year-old cannot read yet. And for mom’s we should not feel this abnormal need to perform and thereby rush our children into milestones they are not yet ready for. It’s stressful for everyone and it’s unnecessary. And sometimes, yes, sometimes, it’s okay to take a break from trying so hard.

This is what I’ve learned thus far on my homeschooling journey in terms of what is most important: read, read, read to them. Play with them. Leave room for imagination and free play. Structure is good but you can have too much of a good thing. Our kids are like flowers; they need good soil (home/foundation), good food, lots of sunlight and water and above all, love.

The seeds will grow.

And as always, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

You can read more of Cindy’s blog at http://lifeasarinnagade.blogspot.com/.

  

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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

 I agree.  I use some tv shows to supliment our education, especially when they are sick.

Jlee4249
by Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM
Wild Kratts is my favorite PBS show, I DVR them for the kids to watch when we have time.
OFIH
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM
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I have used some educational DVDs to supplement our day and they count. I clearly remember movies in school, public school, as a child. We watched all sorts of movies, including things that were 100% not educational in any way. At least all of our have to do with what we are studying that week. I stopped feeling guilty about that quite a long time ago when I remembered my public school experience. If you can add in something that helps a child understand a concept better, easier, or quicker, then it should be employed in your day. Forget what the naysayers think.

OFIH - Controller of chaos, laugher at children's antics, creator of messes, lover of God.
Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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I've always been a borderline unschooler, so I have learned to find the educational value in just about everything. Sometimes it would drive my dh nuts to find that we did not spend 6 hours at the table doing bookwork. Then he would be amazed at what they knew just from observing or exploring on their own. I'm not saying curriculum is bad or wrong, but very little of what we learn comes from our curriculum. I use very little of it.

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

LOL, I'm the queen of considering the mundane as school work....grocery shopping? = economics. Bath time? = history (as they didn't bathe much throughout history) We've done the documentary watching for days on end. But it's nice. My kids don't learn in the traditional PS paridigm anyway.

usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

 You can learn from anything, even if what you learn is "that show is stuped & a waist of time" or if you learn what not to do by making a mistake. You are always learning even if you don't know it!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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*Gasp* >> Your kids are still learning while they are sick??!!! :)   No Way! :)   Is that even possible, you think? :)   

That sick time is considered a non-learning time is just ridiculous.  I have found that my kids gained some knowledge from watching tv or a tape/dvd while they were laying in bed wishing they weren't sick.  They would like....really (???), You could do that? or Really (???), so that  is what that means.  Ahhhh   :)   Some of their "lightbulb" moments came from times such as this. :)   

Quoting debramommyof4:

 I agree.  I use some tv shows to supliment our education, especially when they are sick.


kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Ahhh >> We used to watch that every time it came on!  :)  

Quoting Jlee4249:

Wild Kratts is my favorite PBS show, I DVR them for the kids to watch when we have time.


kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I remember having movies in class too, when I was a student.  Why then do you think that those who are not involved with homeschooling, feel that what we homeschoolers do is not on an academic level, worthy of being used as an educational tool?  

Quoting OFIH:

I have used some educational DVDs to supplement our day and they count. I clearly remember movies in school, public school, as a child. We watched all sorts of movies, including things that were 100% not educational in any way. At least all of our have to do with what we are studying that week. I stopped feeling guilty about that quite a long time ago when I remembered my public school experience. If you can add in something that helps a child understand a concept better, easier, or quicker, then it should be employed in your day. Forget what the naysayers think.


debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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 I know.  It makes them think and ask questions.  I love it.

Quoting kirbymom:

*Gasp* >> Your kids are still learning while they are sick??!!! :)   No Way! :)   Is that even possible, you think? :)   

That sick time is considered a non-learning time is just ridiculous.  I have found that my kids gained some knowledge from watching tv or a tape/dvd while they were laying in bed wishing they weren't sick.  They would like....really (???), You could do that? or Really (???), so that  is what that means.  Ahhhh   :)   Some of their "lightbulb" moments came from times such as this. :)   

Quoting debramommyof4:

 I agree.  I use some tv shows to supliment our education, especially when they are sick.


 

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