Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to Start Home Schooling Preschool

Home Schooling is natural & Catholic— God has given you children and Pope John Paul II said "that parents are the first and most important educators of their own children." The first step to educating your child is to believe that you can do it. Furthermore, you can teach your child and do a good job at it; although you may not have an instruction manual to your child, God does give you the graces to endure.
Step two is to turn off the TV. Dora the Explorer, Barney, and Mickey Mouse are not going to educate your child, you are. The American Pediatrics Society recommends that children under three not to watch television at all and children under six to watch less than two hours of television a day, while most children sit mindlessly glued to the television all morning long. Watching nearly 100% more than recommended each day. Parents believe that their children are learning math, Spanish and even Chinese by watching television for hours. These programs are entertaining, but little more and should be used as just that, entertainment not education.
Step three rethink video/computer games, so many people have told me that video games are the wave of the future for education, but for the young child video games are over stimulating. There is very little that a preschooler needs from a video game and most do more harm than good and do not challenge the child’s mind appropriately.
Step four, have fun, it is preschool not college, and your child should enjoy it. Make it fun with bright colors and a stimulating work environment. Your child will be excited about learning. If they enjoy learning, you will enjoy teaching them.

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