My career is that of a Primary School teacher, I’ve been doing in now for ten years. I’ve taught littlies (not necessarily my preference), I’ve taught the big kids (which I love), I’ve taught Library, Performing Arts and even dabbled in Intervention programs. But despite being a teacher, I don’t teach my daughter in the traditional sense.
I’ve not taught her to write her name, I don’t flash sight word cards at her, I don’t bring her home leveled readers either, I’m not THAT teacher mum! Instead she learns though experience, personal interest and us letting go.
I’ve been thinking about this more since Kinder began last week, where we were informed as parents to help our kids put their bags away, get out their drink bottles, lunch boxes and hats for the day because sometimes it could be tricky for them. All I could think was “Really?” in the sense that if all the parents followed her advice, were they in fact helping their children at all or just setting them up for a life of always having things done for them? I know that Princess is more advanced in some areas than other children her age (and that isn’t me just talking as her Mum or boasting), but we have taught her to do this simple task by herself. Did it take some effort on our part initially, why sure it did! But now, we have a girl who confidently walks into Kinder and organizes herself, while I stand to the side and watch her proudly.
So, I’ve been thinking of doing a series of posts, things that we do with Phoebe, incidental learning and teaching that we do in our home, what do you think? Would you read it?