Tuesday, September 25

Reflective teaching

In class, they keep drilling on how important it is to try to see the experience through the eyes of your student. For me this is easy. I can always tell where my teaching hit home and where it missed by what my daughter says back to me. It may take several days but it all comes out eventually. Sometimes it shows very clearly the topics we need to revisit while others it gives proof to the lesson learned. Our big miss of late "Mommy has booboo in big girl panties"

Babble

Most people feel that a little one's babbling is meaningless. It is not. It is their way of processing a new and interesting world. If one takes the time to listen to a child's solitary babble without commenting or interferring, one can learn much about how the child views the world, what importance he places on the events in his life, his hopes and expectations. None of this is to say that one should not talk to and with children but also give them time to themselves and listen quietly from the outside.

Wednesday, September 19

Moods and learning.

"How much people can learn at any given moment depends on how they feel at that moment about the task and their ability to do the task. When we feel powerful and competent, we leap at difficult task. The difficulty does not discourage us; we think 'Sooner or later I am going to get this' At other times we only think,"I will never get this, its too hard for me, I was never any good at this kind of thing, why do I have to do it," etc. Part of the art of teaching is being able to sense which of these moods the learners are in." [emphasis added] Holt,50

A public school teacher may be able to sense the mood of her learners but ehr ability to react to that is fairly limited and more limited is her ability to react when there are several different moods. Homeschooling makes this easy. As a parent, we are more aware and attentive to our children's every mood. As well we are more in touch with what is likely to affect that mood. Lastly we are not under the constraints of SOL and someone else's timetable. If the child is stuck with a subject we can change and do something differently or put down school altogether and take a field trip. When the child understands this freedom, he does not feel as pressured and is able to find the competent mood more easily

Wednesday, September 12

Works For Me Wednesday - The Learning Tower

We don't normally buy big expensive toys for Froggy and I justify this by considering it a piece of furniture. My passion is cooking and since Froggy was born I have been waiting to be able to share it with her. Now we can. She can reach the counter, see in to the bowl, stir with me and even help me crack eggs. Technically it is an early birthday present for her but we could not wait to start using. She is not even 2 yet and we really cook together on an almost daily basis. We purchased the additional play components for it and maybe one day we will take them out of the box but for now we are having too much fun being eye to eye


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