Mallory Posted July 9, 2008 Share Posted July 9, 2008 It is the middle of the night and I can't sleep so bear with me. ;) I have one of those 2yo who loves to do school. I always joke that he is my best student. When I say it is school time he is often the first to the table. He doesn't have anything he is supposed to be doing, but he likes to work in his brothers workbooks on a page protector with a dry erase marker, or sit and do copywork like they do, or play with the rods or balance or compass as they do math, or sit on the couch with his own pile of books while they read thier books. But I also think that this spark of learning is extiguished faster through my planning and plotting then through my somewhat benign neglect. In other words next year I could start his own lesson plans. Counting, recognizing letters, memorizing poems, ect. Or I could just go on as we are, making the tools available if he wants them, but not keeping any kind of hidden or not so hidden agenda. My guess is that when he is 5 or 6 the benign neglect way ends up with a kid still on fire to want to read, add, and write. Perhaps even one who has figured out some of it on thier own. And the other ends up with that desire smoldering under flashcards and oral "quizzes", and a kid who doesn't like school. Not that there aren't developmentally appropriate ways to get in some education, even with a 2 yo. Reading books, smelling flowers, singing, climbing, learning how to take care of himself and his things, ect. I just think you that for most kids you do everyone a disservice when you push the academics to early. Underneath all my rambling, what I'm trying to say is I don't think you can get rid of that desire for school by ignoring it, in fact I think you get rid of it quicker by doing too much school. Do you agree? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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