Quoting Quiverfull: Less is More With Young Kids?

Quoting Quiverfull: Less is More With Young Kids? July 31, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Zsuzsanna Anderson from Are They All Yours?!?? – Homeschool Tips: Young Kids

Editor’s note: While learning to sit still and concentrate is difficult for many young children is having the child do housework instead of sitting down to teach them to read really the best educational choice? Any teachers of first grade or kindergarten out there that can address the issues of not doing much schooling with the younger children?

Off topic: Looking at her husband Steven Anderson’s blog this morning I noticed that while Zsuzsanna’s blog links to Steven’s, his does not link to hers. All very interesting.

When in doubt, do less! For a kindergarten student, “school” sessions of doing actual bookwork should be limited to 20 minutes at a time, for a maximum of twice per day. If you or the child feel frustration rising, stop right there and pick back up another time.
As a general rule, I do not enforce any set days for school until about 3rd grade. In those lower grades, kids have little bookwork, which can be caught up easily during those times that they want to sit still and there are not more pressing issues needing to be dealt with that day. In those grades, I also do not force the children to work on subjects they don’t like.
Learning in the lower grades should be student-led, interest-based, and hands-on. Examples of this are: Ask your child what (s)he is interested in, and get books from the library on that topic. Have family story time before bed as often as you can. Do lots of art projects, science experiments, field trips, etc. Involve the child(ren) in the daily work of running the home, whether that be watering the dog or keeping baby busy by talking to it. Besides reading, learning in the lower grades should focus on creating a love of learning, building confidence, and training character. Academic achievements can wait!
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  • SAO

    Learning requires a mix of rote memorization and exciting exploration. You can’t go anywhere in math until you’ve learned your math facts and no one thinks memorizing times tables is fun. According to Common Core, second graders should be able to add 4 2-digit numbers. How many kids get there if they never have to do something that isn’t fun?

    My observation is that a love of learning can be killed, so a first grader who is never asked to do anything he doesn’t like might love learning, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to be a third grader who loves school work.

  • Astrin Ymris

    It’s not evil if True Christians(TM) like Zsu and Steven benefit from government largess; just if LGBTs, feminists, people of color, liberal Christians, Progressives and non-white immigrants do. /sarc

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    Conflicted about this. First of all, I’m not a parent. If you think that makes the rest of my comment a waste of your time to read, by all means ignore me.

    Several years ago a friend had their only child, and was trying to refresh her education when the little one was a baby and then a toddler. She belonged to a mother’s group who met relatively frequently, and she was under a lot of pressure from them to accelerate her daughter’s education. It was common for parents to be grilling 3- and 4-year-olds with math and word flash cards, and involving them in things like organized sports. I kind of blew up and said “Let her be a kid!” My friend, thankfully, took my advice. That daughter is now studying successfully at a good university.

    Mind you, third grade before you do directed learning is awfully late. I think kids in the early grades especially learn to love learning by having people positively encourage them. That means learning can’t be completely self-directed; you have to be coach and teacher, both. If your kid is bored out of his or her mind with Dick and Jane, find better reading. If your kid hates memorization, make a game out of it. Teaching is WORK.

    But it is possible to go overboard the other way. No 3-year-old should have to deal with flash cards.

  • SAO

    Right, no three year old should have to deal with flash cards. But third graders should not be just learning to read (in between changing their siblings’ diapers) or learning to add and subtract.

    I’ve noticed child advice books often say things like “most kids cooperate . . .” and keep silent about the kids who don’t, leaving the parents to feel like failures.

    You want to pay attention when your kid is consistently well above or below average. In the first case, they’re going to be bored and in the latter, need special help. But worrying about your advanced reader’s slightly lagging math or your advanced math student’s slightly lagging reading is a recipe for teaching the kid that he can’t do anything right.

  • Saraquill

    I have a fair amount of nursery school and kindergarten memories. While we sat sometimes at tables, we also did plenty of songs, games and hands on projects, like growing plants in plastic cups and making construction paper diagrams of plant anatomy, hatching chicks in an incubator, and making our own picture books. There is more to learning than sitting still and reading/listening to lectures.

  • Leigha

    I teach ages 2.5 to 6, two twenty minute chunks of serious learning is exactly right for that age level.

  • pagankitty

    Just like Good Christian families can get welfare and food stamps to feed their huge families, but it’s a drain when the “welfare queens” try to get it to support their families.

  • pagankitty

    ehhhhhhh. I mean, I agree that there is too much pressure on small children to perform academically. And I agree that there is, in general, too much emphasis on memorizing and test taking in schooling. But 3rd grade seems a little late to start more structured learning. And changing diapers and feeding the dog don’t count as field trips or science experiments. Those are just chores.

  • Brennan

    And, of course, the fact that True Christians(TM) benefit from it means that said TC’s totes have the right to control what goes in said library and will absolutely throw a hissy fit, ahem, sorry, righteous protest if there’s anything in that library with even a hint of diversity, multicultural values, or sex education.

  • Brennan

    Only twice a day, though? For six and seven-year-olds?

  • Leigha

    Someone needs to work on their reading comprehension. Original comment clearly states ages 2.5 to 6. I teach pre K and where I live kindergarten begins after age 6. And yes, only twenty minutes twice a day for concentrated academic learning. Kindergarteners would have a similar level of attention span, which slowly builds with age. But frankly, even most adults don’t have an attention span longer than about 2 hours, hence the standard length of a movie. So why surprise that 6 and 7 year olds, with active growing bodies wouldn’t have higher attention spans? For once, Zsu despite her crazy is correct.