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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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by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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OFIH
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM
2 moms liked this

Either they forgot what school was really like as a child and have no clue what life is like in school for their child (I know kids still watch movies in school).

Or, they are just looking for reasons to pick apart what we are doing and aren't being fair with comparisons.


Quoting kirbymom:

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.



OFIH - Controller of chaos, laugher at children's antics, creator of messes, lover of God.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Some of the first amd most of the last.

Quoting OFIH:

Either they forgot what school was really like as a child and have no clue what life is like in school for their child (I know kids still watch movies in school).

Or, they are just looking for reasons to pick apart what we are doing and aren't being fair with comparisons.


Quoting kirbymom:

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.




katinahat
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Nice! Magic School Bus, Wild Thornberrys, and Barney are staples in our house right now :) I figure if she wants to watch TV, the least we can do is make sure it's educational. I loved Wishbone when I was a kid, too-- I'd love to find that series on DVD.

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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Yes! Wishbone! We love that show!. I would love for it to be on dvd as well. OMG! I wonder if it is on Netflix? I am going to go look at my account and see if we can get it from Netflix. :)  Thanks for thought. lol :) 

Quoting katinahat:

Nice! Magic School Bus, Wild Thornberrys, and Barney are staples in our house right now :) I figure if she wants to watch TV, the least we can do is make sure it's educational. I loved Wishbone when I was a kid, too-- I'd love to find that series on DVD.


Walnutgrovefarm
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

We've been into watching Mythbusters for science since we are done with our book. I'm learning a lot so I can imagine what my ds is taking in. P.S. I found out about Mythbusters on here and mentioned it to my son, he said he watched it at a friends house whose mom is a scientist. Very interesting!

Kat0038
by on Mar. 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

If a child learns from it absolutely. 

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

 As you know, in our house school (learning) happens all day here.  Life is school and school is life.  So we decided not to keep track of our hours but our days, since our evaluator did not understand why I would say that we only needed about 75 days to get our 900 hours finished.  She thought I was a bit crazy, but they learn all the time.  They learn when they watch DVDs and Netflix, they learn when they sit down to a meal, they learn when they set and clear the table, they learn when they play, they learn when they..... well need I go on really?  Of course these are school time, but the world doesn't want to hear it because they want a reason for us to struggle with our children.  They want to hear how "difficult" getting them to learn is. 

HarrisonMD
by Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Wow! I love what you wrote! I agree a 100% with that! There are days when I think I should be sitting my 3 yr old down and teach her something, but then I realize...I already am, by letting her be a kid and playing! The things we do, the books we read and the "movies" we watch have been teaching her all along! I want our kids to have fun and enjoy learning as they discover new things, plus I enjoy watching their expressions as they realize "Hey, I did it all by myself!". Later on we will have some "structured" lessons, but most of what i do is child led and we enjoy it!

Pukalani79
by Kristin on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

  A popular phrase is that with homeschool, the world is our classroom. I believe that.  If they're learning, it's "school" right?

Christie1952
by on Mar. 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Yes! PBS is great homeschooling! Any time they are taking in information they are learning. Public school is way to concerned with text books. My children watched all kinds of TV, read books  that interested them, and explored subjects that excited them. Guess what, they are successful adults two of which are Doctors. Quit worrying so much and have some fun!

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