Category Archives: Toddlers

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Several years ago I became aware of the idea of age disequilibrium. It answered many of my questions regarding how a child’s behavior could change so drastically over the period of a few months. I wrote at one point about my perplexity with the half year disequilibrium at three and a half years. If you aren’t familiar with these concepts, then you can see this explanation of the roller coaster of equilibrium and disequilibrium.

It is unfortunate that every expectant parent isn’t required to study child development and topics like this. I think many problems could … Read more »

How I Teach Language Arts – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

How I Teach Language Arts – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

I almost feel like it is dishonest to say how I teach language arts because I sometimes feel like I haven’t. I have facilitated a lot of learning. If there is any area where I feel like I’ve really embraced a relaxed approach to homeschooling and can see how well it can work, it is language arts.

I should also say as way of background that I spent a lot of time the first few years working on relationship building with Caroline. Due to health issues I had, our relationship had been through a lot of disruption between the ages … Read more »

How To Raise a Reader

How To Raise a Reader

Reading has always been a high priority with me when it comes to being a mom.  Our rule from the time Caroline was old enough to attend to a book at around six months was to always read to her when she asked. Even if it was inconvenient at the moment.  Yes, reading to her was that important.  We rarely turned her away or put her off if she brought a book to us.

This Babycenter article about How to raise a reader is very good with excellent information. Any new moms who are feeling anxious about their child’s … Read more »

Teaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read

Teaching a Spirited, Active Child to Read

I wanted to bring together two topics near and dear to my heart in this one post. Spirited children and homeschooling. More specifically, teaching a spirited child to read. (If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a spirited child or wonder if you have one, you might want to check out my spirited child page that has lots of resources and links.)

I think that effectively teaching a spirited child to read boils down to one thing: Don’t teach her to read.

Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t try to teach her to read. Allow the child to … Read more »

Duck, Duck, Goose! A Coyote’s on the Loose!

Duck, Duck, Goose! A Coyote’s on the Loose!

Sometimes I think parents get hung up on making sure everything is edifying and purposeful. Some parents are deeply concerned about avoiding what Charlotte Mason calls twaddle. But you know what? Sometimes you want books that are just plain fun.

Duck, Duck, Goose!: A Coyote’s on the Loose! is one of those books.  I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve already read it and how many times Caroline has recited just the title. She’s also memorized quite a bit of the inside text.  I suspected this would be a winner when I discovered it at the library because funny … Read more »

Three and a Half Year Old Drama (and a Child Who Doesn’t Want To Go To Church)

Three and a half year old drama and a child who doesn’t want to go to church

So if you’ve noticed the lack of posts and responding to comments around here… the title of this post might sum it up.

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Why didn’t any of you warn me about the three and a half year old drama?

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Or remind me of the theory of six months of equilibrium at the birthday and six months of disequilibrium at the half birthday (based on this book)?

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Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy

As I have been scouring the internet trying to make … Read more »

LeapFrog Letter Factory: It’s Officially a Big Hit

LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD

I can officially call LeapFrog Letter Factory a big hit with Caroline.

Now that I know she likes it, I’ll look into the other related ones as well.  Thanks very much for the recommendations! I’ll be checking out some of the others soon!

I also purchased the Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder today. We already had the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set and it helped Caroline learn her letters very early on.  But she has shown such an interest in words and spellings lately that I knew it was time to move her along to … Read more »