My little guy who is 3.5 years old has been asking to “do school” like his big sister. I have been trying to refrain from any early formal lessons that require seated work simply because research has shown early isn’t healthy for children. Instead, it has shown quite the opposite, earning children unnecessary stress and it shows. Health professionals see it and so do you when our young children are advised to go his/her doctor because they are behaving poorly, are restless, agitated etc. mainly because they are being pushed to perform too soon with no actual long term benefits.
Even if you could find a bit of research that supports early formal learning, it isn’t worth inducing stress and anxiety type symptoms in our young children?
Another reason to homeschool and in my youngest child’s case Pre-homeschool
I have been waiting to do anything formal with my son and instead going by his lead. Not that we haven’t been doing anything, he is still informally learning but if I introduce any formal lessons it will be as he desires.
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Which is exactly what is happening lately. He sits down next to his sister and for a few minutes here or there he has the focus, attention, and deliberate intentions to do school like his big sister.
He is beginning to desire to learn.
He loves The Tale of Peter Rabbit which began around this time last fall. He listened intently to the The Tale of Peter Rabbit read aloud that I would read to both of my children. However, it became that book, the one you read every night sometimes three or four times until they grow out of it. So when I asked him what kind of school he wanted to do he looked up with his sweet little sparkling blue eyes and said, “Peter Rabbit” so that is what I did.
I put together a little Peter Rabbit Packet that includes:
a poem by Beatrix Potter to read to your young child
a number match page
a counting page
a Letter P for Peter Rabbit to identify and color
various line tracing page
a number tracing page
a alphabet tracing page
a Peter Rabbit to carrot maze
The unabridged Tale of Peter Rabbit, a classic living book by Beatrix Potter pairs well with the preschool packet. He still holds dear his little Peter Rabbit stuffy that I wrote about in this article: Homeschooling a Toddler.
I have been adding in tea time and blending in our poetry during our tea time so I thought a Peter Rabbit Tea cup set would be a perfection addition to our pre-homeschool. Poetry and tea time really go hand and hand don’t you think?
Peter Rabbit Tea Cup Set
While I don’t advocate for early formal learning, if your child is asking for it then it is a good thing and should be honored. However, take it slow and at his/her discretion. They will learn more and retain better the lessons they desire to learn.
Let me know what you think of this Peter Rabbit Preschool Packet. What are your thoughts on desired led learning?