Sometimes, perfectionism looks like someone spending hours and hours laboring over draft after draft, making sure everything is just exactly so, but for some, especially those who deal with executive function difficulties, it may look exactly the opposite.
Every once in a while, though, a student came along who was so disenchanted by the educational system, so convinced that it was irrelevant, that he did everything possible to declare his independence.
By the time they got to me, at age 15, it was almost too late.
What can we do in the early years to help kids stay engaged and motivated so they don’t reject the system and end up failing out of school?
I often wonder how much of what’s going on in the high school scene, college scene, and beyond is a symptom of how we allow “no” to be ignored early on.
“Boys will be boys”, or “It’s not that big of a deal”, or “He was just playing.”
No means No.
Stop means stop.
If a 3yo asks you to stop chasing them, stop tickling them, stop. And don’t use those words yourself unless you mean them.
This year, Reading Eggs came out with some great workbooks which were just what I was looking for, especially for my twins, who are almost five and starting kindergarten this year.
Something I wrote for the iHomeschool Network about our relationships with our kids and what takes precedence: The main point is this, but click above to read what else I had to say! 🙂 “The emotions and beliefs about themselves that children experience while they are learning will stay with them for the rest of…
I had the honor of contributing to a series of posts about relaxed homeschooling and how we do “school” differently. This post is about the early years – particularly 2-5, and what really matters. Check it out! And while you’re at it, there is a Facebook group with encouragement and giveaways too! https://bethanyishee.com/homeschooling-early-years/