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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Counting Coconuts

I'm a teacher at heart, and sometimes I miss being in a classroom. Thank goodness for church, where I get to teach the 12-13 year old youth! When I think about it, I realize I can apply my training as an educator to my job as a mom. In fact, I'm pretty much obligated to do so! I follow quite a few homeschooling blogs, and while I'm not set on homeschooling my kids, one of my biggest goals as a parent is to provide a quality education for them. By this, I don't necessarily mean memorizing data, but actually inspiring them and giving them the tools for learning and creativity.

Many of the homeschooling blogs I follow focus on specific curriculum. I'm not saying that's bad: kids need to learn the three "R's", but why should education get in the way of learning? Recently I came across Counting Coconuts, which is an amazing blog of a preschool mommy who shares all her amazing ideas! I can't wait to make this month's sensory tub, or make our own calendar. I'm also intrigued by the Montessori system, and want to learn more. I had a student my first year teaching who spent his first few years of school at a Montessori school. His reasoning, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and problem solving skills were off the charts (though he was kind of socially inept and drove me crazy!)

Anyway, stop by and check her out, you just might be inspired!


Heatherlady said...

Thanks for the link. I've been thinking- on again off again-- about homeschooling. I would love to see the list of blogs you follow about homeschooling and which are your favorites. Montessori is amazing. I did a lot of reasearch on her when I was doing peace education research in college. I love her "Education is peace" book. It is so inspiring.

Counting Coconuts said...

A reader shared your link with me and I'm so glad she did! Thanks so much for your very kind words and cheerful thoughts about my blog. I truly appreciate it.

Wishing you all the best as you look more into the world of Montessori. :)