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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
Replies (41-50):
deadlights86
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM
Its sad that my 4 yo is more advanced than my friends 5 year old who has been in public preschool for 3 years. My Ds has never even been in daycare and I don't work with him that much but he knows his phonics. He starts preschool in the fall and is more on kindergarten level.

Quoting kirbymom:

The shows that the public schools put on are not any different than what we do for homeschooling.  Why this is even questioned is the fact that the public school system questions everything that a homeschooling family will do for their lessons. 

Quoting deadlights86:

My kids are public school for the moment looking into homeschool if this special program doesn't work for ds and they watch pbs at school.


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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I think another reason the homeschool approach is being questioned is because our kids are so much more advanced  with our approach to teaching than most of the public school's approach to teaching and they fear this. They will lose a ton of financing if there are any more kids pulled from the public school system. The reason your son is where he is is not what you are teaching as much as it is how you are teaching and where you are teaching him. I would also say it is your approach towards him that is also a huge help in his comprehension skills.  As well as your daughter's comprehension skills.  Sounds to me like you are doing a better job than your local school system is doing.  

Quoting deadlights86:

Its sad that my 4 yo is more advanced than my friends 5 year old who has been in public preschool for 3 years. My Ds has never even been in daycare and I don't work with him that much but he knows his phonics. He starts preschool in the fall and is more on kindergarten level.

Quoting kirbymom:

The shows that the public schools put on are not any different than what we do for homeschooling.  Why this is even questioned is the fact that the public school system questions everything that a homeschooling family will do for their lessons. 

Quoting deadlights86:

My kids are public school for the moment looking into homeschool if this special program doesn't work for ds and they watch pbs at school.



ripemango
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

my girl loves animals. elephants are her favorite. this show is a hit w her!! it rocks imo.

Quoting kirbymom:

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.





I don't know where the sunbeams end and the starlights begin; it's all a mystery.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Those are some good stations to watch. :)  It always makes me proud when kids want to help other siblings or other kids. Gives me hope for our future. :) 

Quoting mamaof2n1angel:

I use  PBS and a few  other channels for learning... nat geo, science channel even the  weather  channel!!!  I  also use alot of  real life   things -- dr appts for  hands on things  for my youngest  child that  is  a SN  kid. With my  older two are always wtih me at one point or another and they  loving  being able to hear things and learn about  how  to carefor their sister that is  wheel chair bound.



kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Me too. :)   

Quoting ripemango:

my girl loves animals. elephants are her favorite. this show is a hit w her!! it rocks imo.

Quoting kirbymom:

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.





Kat0038
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM

There are two websites I haven't even heard of we will have to check out. We use star fall.com, zoodles, and we use lots of educational apps on both the iPad and kindle. 


Quoting KickButtMama:

LOL. I have one kid who learns best through tech as well. We love using readingeggs.com, brainpop.com, and time4learning.com

Quoting Kat0038:


My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

Quoting kirbymom:

Great minds think alike. :) 

Quoting Kat0038:

If a child learns from it absolutely. 







KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:38 PM

My kids used to use starfall, but prefer readingeggs to it.

Quoting Kat0038:

There are two websites I haven't even heard of we will have to check out. We use star fall.com, zoodles, and we use lots of educational apps on both the iPad and kindle. 


Quoting KickButtMama:

LOL. I have one kid who learns best through tech as well. We love using readingeggs.com, brainpop.com, and time4learning.com

Quoting Kat0038:


My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

Quoting kirbymom:

Great minds think alike. :) 

Quoting Kat0038:

If a child learns from it absolutely. 








Kat0038
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM


What was even worse was that she pegged me with a learning disability and talked my mother to have me tested. The test showed I had an above average intelligence so my mother moved me to a private school. Part of the reason I homeschool now. 

Quoting kirbymom:

It is a sad state of affairs when a teacher can adequately explain her lessons.  :(

Quoting Kat0038:


My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

Quoting kirbymom:

Great minds think alike. :) 

Quoting Kat0038:

If a child learns from it absolutely. 







Kat0038
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM


Thanks we will check it out. Last year we bought a full year of cirriculum, stated using it, and hated it. Boring, dull, and every time I pulled it out my oldest became glazed. So I have learned to use a combination of everything and anything, computers, iPad, kindle, library, Netflix, and yes even PBS. If they learn I'm willing to consider it cirriculum. 

Quoting KickButtMama:

My kids used to use starfall, but prefer readingeggs to it.

Quoting Kat0038:

There are two websites I haven't even heard of we will have to check out. We use star fall.com, zoodles, and we use lots of educational apps on both the iPad and kindle. 


Quoting KickButtMama:

LOL. I have one kid who learns best through tech as well. We love using readingeggs.com, brainpop.com, and time4learning.com

Quoting Kat0038:


My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

Quoting kirbymom:

Great minds think alike. :) 

Quoting Kat0038:

If a child learns from it absolutely. 










KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Lol,I know just how it is. I'm super type A, though, so not following a detailed curriculum was soooo hard for me! But we've been at this for a decade and have it down to what works for us now! lol

Quoting Kat0038:


Thanks we will check it out. Last year we bought a full year of cirriculum, stated using it, and hated it. Boring, dull, and every time I pulled it out my oldest became glazed. So I have learned to use a combination of everything and anything, computers, iPad, kindle, library, Netflix, and yes even PBS. If they learn I'm willing to consider it cirriculum. 

Quoting KickButtMama:

My kids used to use starfall, but prefer readingeggs to it.

Quoting Kat0038:

There are two websites I haven't even heard of we will have to check out. We use star fall.com, zoodles, and we use lots of educational apps on both the iPad and kindle. 


Quoting KickButtMama:

LOL. I have one kid who learns best through tech as well. We love using readingeggs.com, brainpop.com, and time4learning.com

Quoting Kat0038:


My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

Quoting kirbymom:

Great minds think alike. :) 

Quoting Kat0038:

If a child learns from it absolutely. 











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