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Like most parents, when it comes to my daughter’s education I knew I wanted to give her all the advantages that I never had. Thanks to Youtube, that has been made possible. It was a great ride I won’t lie. There are so many channels that make learning really fun and engaging for toddlers. I was not surprised that by the age of 2 my daughter could recite the alphabets, know them by site and their phonetic sounds. She could even count and make association with numbers, geometrical shapes and patterns. It was great.
Since my daughter is tall for her age, most people assume that she is to start school this year when in fact she’s still got another year to go. It didn’t stop me from thinking about her schooling. My daughter has an appetite for learning and that I’ve admired in her. I took it upon myself to start teaching her to how to read, write and basic arithmetic. Homeschooling had already been a desire of mine, prior to the pandemic, so I might as well start now.
Here are three things I wish I had known prior.
My daughter doesn’t learn like I do. Every child is different and every one of us is different. It doesn’t matter that we share 50% of the same genes. It doesn’t that she reminds me of myself as a child. It doesn’t even matter that she looks like me. It really doesn’t matter at all. She is not me. She will grasp other things at a faster rate and that she will most likely gravity towards those subjects. But we still learn differently.
Let’s face it. This is a different generation. Technology is introduced into their lives before they even know how to speak. And guess what? I make no apologies for it because I’m the one who introduced it to her. It’s a no brainer that she’d learn differently than I did as a child. Yet, patience is still a virtue that is required if you want to see fruitful results.
Practice makes perfect, not her, me! She’s learning how to do school but I’m learning to teach not just as a mom but as a teacher. That’s hard because now we have to find our rhythm. In theory, it’s the same as teaching them to sleep through the night or how to walk. And yet, it’s all so very different.
They won’t always get it right away. That’s ok. How quickly they get the information doesn’t make you a good or bad teacher. As long as you’re both able to have fun. That’s the most important part.
Take a break!
No seriously. Take a break. Do you need to get through this entire lesson right now? If it’s not working take a break. You can customize it how you want. Slow it down, speed it up, do what you need to do to make it work. After all nobody knows your kid better than you.