Wednesday, November 30, 2011
So maybe playschool (or toddler school) may only take an hour our two, but if an hour or two amount that much to my children, then it's only right that at their tender age, they should have all their waking moments, their learning moments in the atmosphere that is home, (or wherever mommy happens to be). Never mind that a lot of toddlers, including our friends' tots, are now being sent to these toddler schools. My kids are happy to be home, and they're advancing just fine.
(As for my job, my husband and I have found a way so we will not be tied and be slave to our jobs-- getting there is already a work in progress).
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
An article from Catholic Culture.org:
Preschool Parent Pedagogy: Teaching Obedience in Preschool Children
The virtue of obedience must be taught and stressed from early childhood. The author gives good structure on how to introduce and enforce obedience, emphasizing that it takes gradual training and that a religious motive in teaching is usually very fruitful.
In the remarks on tantrums in June, we touched on the essentials involved in teaching virtues to young children, and last month we listed some pedagogical watchwords to keep in mind.
Remembering these, let us work out some suggestions with regard to teaching the virtue of obedience.
First of all, let us realize that the time to teach begins at birth. Training in regular habits, — eating because mother offers food at a certain time, — sleeping because mother puts baby into the crib, says the good-night prayer and walks away, — all these early habits are giving the infant the custom of conforming to discipline, which is obedience of a kind.
As the child grows out of babyhood, this habit must be developed into conscious obedience, which means that the child obeys not simply from habit, but because he knows that he must obey and finally because he wishes to obey because he loves God and God has told him to obey his father and mother.
All this cannot be learned in a day, but it can and must be learned day by day.
The wise parent makes few rules, gives few commands, but insists upon their being carried out. A properly trained child of two has the beginning of the notion of obedience. Parents must seize the chances as they appear to teach obedience definitely. Suppose Mother says: "Baby, pick up the ball."
Baby laughs or pokes the ball further away.
Mother says: "No, bring the ball." Mother looks grave.
Baby brings the ball. Mother smiles, says "Good baby," kisses him and makes him feel happy.
Suppose that after two attempts baby does not bring the ball. What then? You may take the ball, put it into baby's hands and go through the motion of his giving it to you. Then bestow smile and kisses.
With a child of two it is usually foolish to fight a long battle the first time. Some mischievous tots think you are playing a game with them. It is better to distract them, push the ball out of sight, and do something different. In a few weeks try again. Do not make an issue of the incident. But make sure that after two or three trials you win. A smiling command will usually produce the ball. It must be clear that you are in authority.
By the age of three or four, you can make a habit of saying, "Jesus loves obedient children. He always did quickly what Blessed Lady and St. Joseph told Him." If you persist in suggesting such a motive, you will find that by four or five the child will make the connection between obeying mother and doing so because he wants to copy Jesus.
It is really beautiful to see how little children respond to the idea of copying little Jesus. They love to be like Him, provided, of course, they have been taught to love Him. And most encouraging of all, as the little ones grow up to be big girls and boys, they will often retain the ideal of copying Jesus, even though they never speak about it.
- "Obey" crafts & activities from Danielle's Place.
- Kids Bible Study Ephesians 6:1-3
- Stories of obedience
Saturday, October 22, 2011
To [buy and] read : The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"The well-brought-up child has always been a child carefully trained in good habits."
"Sow an act, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sow a character, reap a destiny."
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
2. Thou shall respond promptly to the needs of your baby.
3. Thou shall talk and count to your baby as often as possible.
4. Thou shall be enthusiastic, energetic, and happy when talking, counting, playing, and stimulating your baby.
5. Thou shall read to your baby every day as often as possible.
6. Thou shall read the cues and temperament of your baby. Thou shall stop reading or stimulating her at the early sign of tiredness or bored-ness.
7. Thou shall not let her watch Television, VCR, or computer until she is 6 year old.
8. Thou shall not shout, fight, or be angry when baby is around her seeing or hearing distance.
9. Thou shall provide her with adequate books and toys for stimulation of her brain.
10. Thou shall maintain a stable and intact family.
Leo Leonidas, MD, FAAP,
Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics,
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston;
Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine
Copyright Leo Leonidas 2002
Monday, September 26, 2011
- Establish your rules.
- Deal with one behaviour at a time.
- Connect calmly with your child.
- Clarify your concerns.
- Suggest a positive alternative.
- Explain the consequence if the misbehaviour or rule infraction continues.
- Correct the misbehaviour on the spot and carry out the agreed consequence.
- Be fair.
- Congratulate good efforts.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Expert advice (What to Expect.com) includes: focusing on the positive, mean it when you say "no", and be consistent about the consequences; and by prevention-- explaining the reasons behind the rules, reducing unnecessary "no", not to admonish prematurely, encouraging self control, and acknowledging good behaviour.
Now, to help me know how to handle situations better, and for better parenting's sake, I'm reading the following the books: 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know by Michele Borba, and Masterly Inactivity by Sonya Shafer. And I'm seriously considering buying Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook, also by Sonya Shafer thru Simply Charlotte Mason.com.
I pray I can handle this phase well, be able to set rules that can be (and ought to be) followed without crushing spirits.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Reflection: As any homeschooling mom will soon learn, educating kids also means finding ways to make things interesting for them. It's I who should adjust to his learning style, and not him adjusting to my teaching style.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Hooray! M1 just read his first word! We were reading his Alphabetti Book (from Progressive Phonics), and he read d-o-g. He's well on his way!
Take a look at Marek's reward. Maybe it doesn't look like much, but he sure is happy about it, and we are, too.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
In the meanwhile, we'll make use of the books we already have, that means lots of read-alouds, nursery rhymes, Bible stories, and their accompanying music, and Brain Quest ("my first brain quest" and "for threes", for Markus and Marek, respectively). As for the Kumon First Steps Workbooks, I don't think Marek is ready for that yet. It will have to wait for a little while).
Friday, June 3, 2011
In recent years, parents in the United States and worldwide have purchased enormous numbers of videos and DVDs designed and marketed for infants, many assuming that their children would benefit from watching them. We examined how many new words 12- to 18-month-old children learned from viewing a popular DVD several times a week for 4 weeks at home. The most important result was that children who viewed the DVD did not learn any more words from their monthlong exposure to it than did a control group. The highest level of learning occurred in a no-video condition in which parents tried to teach their children the same target words during everyday activities. Another important result was that parents who liked the DVD tended to overestimate how much their children had learned from it. We conclude that infants learn relatively little from infant media and that their parents sometimes overestimate what they do learn.
I'm quite relieved that we didn't stick with our schedule below which includes several exposures to media. We were left with reading to the boys daily (I so love the latest addition to our library The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books & Stories to Read Aloud), play, and lots of conversations. And sometimes, I make Marek sit to do a page (or more) of one of his Kumon First Steps Workbooks.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
- Vivaldi's Spring
- Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz
- Bizet's Habanera
- Pachelbel's Canon in D
- Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee
- Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
- Tchaikovsky's Swan Theme
- Debussy's Claire de Lune
- Bach's Air on G String
- Ravel's Bolero
- Basie's Boogie Woogie
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sesame Street revived (at least for me). Actually, the only idea of M1 about the show is their Play-Doh. I have forgotten how it actually was a good educational tv show (because when I was a kid, it was entertaining and that was that, I didn't really mind that it was actually imparting something). I visited their website and I found it quite nice, and as something I can use as a teaching aid, or an alternative to Peppa Pig.
I was quite amazed at M1 when he was able to identify all the letters of the alphabet. He also already knows most of their sounds. I don't see reading too far behind. But, really, there's no hurry.
Read these 2 worthwhile essays:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
For April, I wanted the boys to have swimming lessons... so fitting for summer! However, in this side of the planet, the recommended swimming teacher we know is out on vacation, and we haven't found another swim class. And then, I found a book-- Learn to Swim: Step by step water confidence and safety skills for babies and young children by Rob and Kathy McKay. Looks like our inflatable pool will be put to really good use afterall. And Mark can learn to swim with the kids, too!
As for academics, I've decided for early education. Free ebooks at BrillKids.com promoting early reading and math literacy convinced me. And the window for Marek is fast approaching.
The list is long for teaching values, but an article, sited the following are crucial and relevant to toddlers:
- submission to authority
- control of temper tantrums
- sharing of toys, love and forgivenes
- resolving conflicts
- developing sensitivity to others
For these, I will be needing Bible stories, and Veggietales, playmates (neighbor friends), and of course, actual situations as they come along.
And last, but not the least, for M1, potty training! Mark bought The Everything Potty Training Book by Linda Sonna a long time ago. We thought M1 was making progress but he later somehow became averse to using the potty and so I decided to give it a long break. But I think now he's showing signs of readiness.
I almost forgot, Easter is just around the corner, I hope this time we finally get to hunt easter eggs! Watching out for ads.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
I've already bought Marek his first Kumon workbooks on coloring, cutting, pasting and stickering, and folding which he already has started to use. Out of excitement, I also bought the 1st three sets of Brain Quest flashcards on early childhood, and their pre-K workbook; Gymboree's Play and Learn; Ultimate Book of Homeschool Ideas by Linda Dobson; 100 Bible Stories; Little Hands Playtime! Book, to encourage cooperation and sharing; and, what I really found useful, The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (focuses on multiple intelligences) by Pam Schiller. The kids are not exposed to the television (we refuse to own one) but we got Marek (and Markus) videos on numbers, letters, and reading: LeapFrog: Learning Set (his favorite... and, it does work!), the Preschool Prep & Sight Words series, and Your Baby Can Read Set as teaching aids. (Marek always watch with us or Tita Judy who teaches effectively). As for curricula, we've taken quite a good look at International Bacculaureate Organization's Primary Years Program. I'm still looking up and reading on different school of thoughts and approaches regarding homeschooling for they all have wonderful points, that's why we decided to be eclectic (the mishmash of different principles). Right now I'm familiarizing myself with Charlotte Mason's teachings. I love her concept of 'living books'.
At the end of the day, toddlers learn by playing. Also, they're intrisically curious beings, very good at exploring and unraveling many things themselves. So, I don't pressure Marek into going into 'school mode' and force feed him with 'lessons for the day'. And of course, I and Mark give him and Markus time, and space, we let them play, we walk outside, we talk, we read books, and of course, we give our little boys lots of hugs and kisses and cheers.