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  • A New Start

    Is it summer where you are?

    It’s not really summer here either, we’re still solidly in spring, but preschool has ended and it’s time to set up a new schedule.

    Our new schedule will include lots of being outside, crafts, swimming lessons, and parks. It will also include cleaning, organizing,  cooking, and learning how to read. The ever present question is how to balance everything so that it flows together and forward, keeping us moving and happy. I’m thinking a spreadsheet is in order.

    How do you fit everything you want/need to do into your schedule? Is it written down? On the computer? How often do you reassess? Do share!

    3 Responses to “A New Start”

    1. Hilary says:

      I had a learning to read book that I LOVED. I think I let Pili borrow it. I will email her. I really like how it encoporated games into each letter and learning its sounds.
      Maryanne, did I mention you are an amazing mom? I just thought’d I’d re-mention it, if not. :)

    2. Maryanne says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
      I’ve found the computer works better for me for scheduling than paper- my brain just retains it better that way for some reason. Although that planner is mighty tempting. But I’ve been tempted before and then not used them…
      And it’s not me pushing the reading- Miss Z is chomping at the bit. We’re using the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and it’s going really well so far.

    3. Carolyn says:

      Children’s books for beginners are much more appealing than when I was young. I’m not sure what I was concentrating on other than reading in first grade, but I told people later that the reason I did not read then was that the books were too dumb. So teaching methods make a difference.

      If your daughter is interested in reading now, go for it. Just be careful to leave some unstructured play time to allow the little ones to incorporate what they’re learning into their lives without regressing in other areas. Little boys tend to be behind girls, on average, in learning to read. I think some of them are pushed too hard, especially in kindergarten, which makes them hate school. The frantic way i have seen early reading pushed while substitute teaching, you would think that past generations would be almost totally illiterate, since they didn’t start reading until at least age 6. One long-time kindergarten teacher I worked with retired early because she thought this atmosphere to be so damaging to children.

      And it seems to be important for kids to see THEIR PARENTS reading – whether they learn to read early or late. Kids still love being read to after they learn to read. Which may be one reason kids in Head Start do not benefit from it much over the long haul. Their parents typically don’t read around the kids, and they don’t talk to them enough. Finnish kids out-perform American kids in school. They don’t start school until they are seven. But their parents read to them.

      I like your ideas for outdoor time and swimming lessons. And if one of the kids shows a propensity for music early on, the Suzuki method or a variant are better than traditional approaches before a child is a fluent reader. This method has social aspects, too. Learning a musical instrument or a foreign language are the two major activities identified as increasing I.Q. But trying to learn to read music before learning to read can frustrate children.

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