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If only all parents believed this!
Old 09-03-2017, 02:42 PM
 
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I hate that this woman is catching flack for providing an appropriate early childhood environment for her child.

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Old 09-03-2017, 06:01 PM
 
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Women are on each other all the time. I wish it would stop.
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I'd agree to letting the hens peck if more parents had such clear views about developmentally appropriate toddlerhood. It's a fair trade!
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My parents are both teachers, and when I was a preschooler my mom was teaching K. They didn't teach me any "academics" at home, other than letting my Grandpa teach me how to write my name with a little song he had made up. My mom said that she hated it when parents had already taught everything to their kids at home and then complained that they were bored at school . I didn't have any problems learning to read when I started school!
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thank you for sharing
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I LOVE this mom! I wish there were more like her. Developmentally appropriate practices have all but disappeared.


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Old 09-03-2017, 07:20 PM
 
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If only all our kinders could start school with the skills her son is working on...
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Old 09-04-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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I would LOVE to have a classroom full of children with the experiences and skills her child is going to have walking in to kindergarten.
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I taught pre-k for 6 years before moving to elementary, and the pressure is insane. My students who could be patient, take turns, and follow directions were more well-adjusted in kinder than those that could read and write.
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I love this article!
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A friend of ours just had a baby. One of the reasons she picked the daycare they finally enrolled her daughter in was that when they visited, the toddlers in the 2 year old room were sitting at a table "learning sight words." Mom is a reading specialist.

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Old 09-07-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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Mom is a reading specialist.
But clearly not one with an early childhood background. Seeing that would make me run!


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Old 09-17-2017, 06:22 AM
 
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Best article I have read on parenting in a long time.

I taught my kids before school. Yes I did!

Here is what I did. I took them everywhere. Didn't leave them home with grandparents to go grocery shopping or (anywhere else) no matter how long or how short. There I taught them I needed 5 cans of green beans, are you able to carry three? Now how many more do we need for 5. I taught them difference between need and want, we stood in line at the deli and checkout. I taught them appropriate behavior: what was okay for outside was not okay for inside or public places. I taught them social skills by helping elderly, permitting someone to go in front of you because they had less items. When I had a met a friend, they learned to not interrupt. I taught them limitations: you can pick one cereal of choice. I taught them health by explaining how important fruits and veggies give us what we need to grow. They learned to ask for what we were looking for and to say thank you and your welcome to hold the door. They learned that things cost money. And they learned the value of money when we bought things on sale. They learned NO and at times they learned appropriate behavior may result in a reward and definitely inappropriate behavior had consequences. Yes I was one of those moms that pre-taught their children but overlooked reading. They were ready for school. And all three of my children have masters degree even though they didn't know how to read before kindergarten.
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Love it!!
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I love this mom's philosophy! When I was a kid, it was like she described. We learned all those other things first, and didn't start reading until we were six. I think we were much happier and that our academic learning went more smoothly overall.
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She has a happy, well-adjusted preschooler, and will be grateful for the road she chose when she still has a happy, well-adjusted third grader who has caught up to all his friends and reads just as well.

When my DS1 was in Kindergarten, I tried to interest him in sounded out a few words in a book we were reading. He looked at me and said, "Mom, I know you're trying to get me to read, but I'm just in Kindergarten. I'll learn how to read in 1st grade." He did, and learned how to read quite well. BTW, this was 30 years ago.
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