If you’re dabbling with the idea of homeschooling your little one this fall, you may be wondering about WHICH curriculum to use, and whether you even NEED a curriculum as you begin your homeschool journey.
And If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a parent who values play, creativity and nurturing your child’s wonder about the world.
You're likely the kind of parent who believes in a slow, gentle and natural approach to learning, and don’t like the idea of pushing hard academics, prolonged periods of seatwork, and countless worksheets and flashcards.
These ARE the good old days, and you know childhood’s too short and precious to sit at a desk for five hours a day.
Truth be told, you don’t NEED a curriculum for the early years.
Learning in the early years should be play-based, experiential, capturing our children’s wonder and delight in their curiosity. It should be free of pressure, gentle and...
Math learning in the early years is playful, authentic and based on real-life experience.
You don’t need a curriculum! Although it’s helpful to have a scope and sequence to map out where your child is at, and to get a glance for what to expect next, learning math in the early years can and should be integrated into everyday, real-life play and learning.
We’ve just celebrated Halloween and we have a TON of extra candy in the house.
Why not build those into playful math experiences?
Children develop as math learners, moving from real-life concrete experiences (using manipulatives and other counting objects) to pictorial representation (pictures, tally marks etc.) to symbolic understanding.
Before they can be expected to move toward symbolic representation of addition and subtraction (ie - worksheets), they need lots and lots of experience joining and separating sets. One-to-one counting, joining and partitioning form the foundation for computation...