Many new homeschooling moms feel anxious about their first years, worrying that they will not provide an adequate foundation for their children, having been (falsely) convinced that a professional has some magical formula for preparing children to learn that she doesn’t have.
A few years ago I was asked to write an article to the homeschooling mom of preschoolers. It originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and is now available at Crosswalk.com.
Here’s a snippet:
“One of the greatest pressures moms of little ones feel is the push to “educate” children at younger ages. Everywhere we look there are “preschool academies,” Head Start programs, and subtle nuances that convince us our children will be “left behind” if they aren’t enrolled in the best program. We clamor to duplicate this model, despite the endless studies that reveal the importance of free, imaginative childhood play and the actual harm that can come from the lack thereof.
Studies reveal that while there may be a marked increase in test scores during the first few years of academic preschool, by the time those same students are in fifth grade, differences between the scores of preschooled and non-preschooled children are indistinguishable. However, there are marked psychological disadvantages for the children who were subjected to longer hours of academic instruction as opposed to a natural home setting during their early years.” Read the rest of Homeschooling Preschoolers: The Natural Option