A mindful parent ultimately raises a happy child. This child is able to play independently, able to love others and join in social activities peacefully. This child when grown will be able to lead productive lives and contribute to society in a positive manner. In other words, this child will be a well played child. This child will turn into a happy adult.
In this world of intense focus on intellectual education, I often wonder whether we neglect "Character Education". How do you define character? What are the character traits that we want in our kids so that they will be successful in the world?
Before I go into tricks, I want to thank all my followers on Pinterest who make this possible for me. I'm so excited about the 120K views since I'm only at my 3rd month of blogging. 80% of my traffic have been coming from Pinterest. Pinterest is probably one of the only platforms where a brand new blogger can receive such exposures!In the first two months of blogging, I reached 60K Views as well as 500 Engaged, read my post about the strategies I used. From the second month to the third month, major growth started to happen that saw my views double to 120K Views and engagement exponentially increase from 500 to 4000+. I also doubled my followers.
In a homeschool preschool, there is a tremendous flexibility in the curriculum. This presents an opportunity for homeschool parents to add curriculum that is difficult to find in the traditional preschool setting. When I started to think about the curriculum for my son, I wanted to have a curriculum that emphasized on laying the foundation of learning rather than on particular subjects themselves. It wasn't long before I came upon "spatial skills" as an important part of our homeschool preschool curriculum.
Parenting a gifted child is notoriously hard. But, it does not have to be. I've combed the web to find the following resources for your family. I won't lie. I suspected my son might be gifted for a few months during his early childhood. So, I started to do all this research then. I still don't know if my son is "gifted" or not. It doesn't matter now that I found resources to support him. Some of these resources: have made our family life more fun and parenting less exhausting. genuinely lessened my worries for the future. gave me a sense of clarity about the issues. laid out a map for resolving some of your "gifted child", "strong-willed child" or "sensitive child" issues. Most of all, these resources helped me develop a vision for the future. I hope some of you (moms) out there with "gifted child", "strong-willed child" or "sensitive child" can benefit from this blog post.
Waldorf Education is based on Rudolf Steiner's view of the importance of the human spirit. It focuses on an education experience that unleashes the spirit of the human being to learn about the world around us. It focuses on character education as much as the scientific education. In early education, Waldorf Education emphasizes the imagination, sense of truth and feelings of responsibility. The preschooler learns about the world through the child's senses, fingers and body movement. The preschooler then learns the truths about objects, environments and people through activities that interact with the child's senses. The preschoolers uses the imagination to explore and internalize the learned truths.
Nowadays at public schools, every parent wants to enroll their children in the Gifted and Talented programs. The extra enrichment and the prospect of socializing with the "smart" kids are extremely appealing to career oriented parents. Before I go off track here, I want to tell you about the 10 Surprising Reasons why I would not wish any parent to be the parent of a "Gifted" child. It makes parenting 10x harder, 10x lonelier and 10x more tiring.
I discovered Montessori Education when I was researching parenting books back when I was 7 months pregnant. It's probably the best discovery from that time. Montessori Education Philosophy has influenced our family life, set the ground stone for learning for my son and shaped our homeschool preschool curriculum more than any other parenting philosophy. I hesitate to identify our household as a true Montessori household here. We use this philosophy as well as others to incorporate into our home life: taking in elements that work; revising elements that don't in hopes that our home life is made better by them. After reading Montessori's books and successful implementing elements into our household, I can now attempt to break down the 10 Elements of Montessori Educational Philosophy that we have incorporate into our household. I hope you will find this list useful for reviewing education philosophies that you want to use to incorporate into your family, homeschool or classroom. 10 ELEMENTS OF MONTESSORI EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Every year, I always make sure that a few gifts that my preschooler receives are open ended educational toys that we can use in our homeschool preschool. I send out the list to family members so that they can take their pick. My family members are usually grateful for the list since it saves them time for planning. These gifts also bring new ideas for our homeschool curriculum next year. Our homeschool preschool incorporates Waldorf concepts into a Montessori curriculum. This just means that we use a lot of open ended toys, nature objects, puppets and imaginative play sets in our Montessori curriculum as well.
Thanksgiving is usually busy and unpredictable. Not only do we have to cook that huge dinner, we still have to worry about Black Friday shopping. The last thing that we want think about is how to homeschool our kids during the week leading up to thanksgiving. Well, thanksgiving is actually a great time to teach your preschooler gratitude. Here are some ideas to get you started.
When my son was just 16 months old, I started to research different types of preschools thinking that at close to 3 years old, I would send him to preschool to further his education. After researching different preschool educational approaches, I became drawn to the Montessori Approach. I was very attracted to the "follow the child" model as well as the simplest preparations of activities in the Montessori Approach. From the age of 13 months old to 2 years old, I prepared shelves with trays of toys and activities that are specifically designed to work on a certain skill. The shelves were at my son's level. He freely chose his activities everyday. This worked very well for about 6 months. Then, my son had something else in mind.