How do you teach your kids?

@pehpot (4762)
Philippines
August 28, 2008 3:59am CST
I am homeschooling my two toddlers and during the first few weeks I have difficulties teaching them. But now I have developed a good and effective way of teaching them. I have used posters on walls. It is more effective because they can see it everyday, and when they are interested on it they could just ask me, they are not pressured into learning it in a tight schedule pattern. I have created days of the week poster with some drawings on it on how the names of the days were created (like sun for Sunday and moon for Monday) and so far it’s one of their favorite topics. I also made a months of the year poster and draw the corresponding holidays for the months (so many birds in one stone, through this I could teach them the holidays and their relevance and some other cultures, I could also teach them the mechanism of calendars and so on) I also made a poster of numbers and their corresponding number words. I am very concern on the best technique for my kids to make their learning fun and so far this has been the best. Below is the picture of our board posted in our door.
4 responses
@Anne18 (11036)
28 Aug 08
My children are 10 and two 8 yr olds. They go to school. I do have posters along the hallway to do with timestables , number bonds etc so on the way out or on the way to the toilet they can look and learn. I don't know if they do, but at least I have made the effort to put stuff up for them to look at. I would love to home school but i'm not clever enough. So I really admire you
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Posters do really help a lot! you may not notice it but along the way it slowly creep into their minds. and you don't have to be that clever to home school, you just to be patient enough. to the kids, they get rowdy most of the times and it's hard to settle them down
@nickventere (1424)
• Zambia
4 Sep 08
My kids attend regular school. I know it is not sufficient since they really do not receive that very personalised teaching. So I go through their books and look at their work. I assess their performance and then teach them on subjects that I see they need more help in.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
A good way to help the kids. It is really true that the lessons and the education kids get from the school is not sufficient. It is not tailored to their academic needs and not personalized to each individual. As it happens, the pace in which the school teach is always on the middle, not so fast not so slow. The problem arises when your kid is a slow learner, the lessons will be far ahead from his understandings, how about when your kid is a fast learner, then the lessons will just bore him. It is good that parent like you make extra effort to check the kids lessons. Kudos to you!
• Zambia
7 Sep 08
Thank you very much.
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
Hi Pehpot. How old are your toddlers? I have a two year old and a one year old and i also plan to homeschool them because schoolage in this country is 6 years old though you can still find a few international day care centers here. Your technique seems to work quite well. I teach my two year old by watching Sesame Street together. I also have a special time where i let him sit infront of the PC and learn his ABC's. Well he can sing the alphabet song but cannot yet identify them. But he can already count from one til ten.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
They were 5 and 3 years old. There were lots of site on the net that would help you home school your kids. And also a lot of creativity helps.. Letting them watch also helps, my kids used to watch Barney, now they watch mostly drama series, adult type dramas, it also helps them in a way because I am able to explain what is happening on he TV and at an early age they were exposed to it and yet are guided not to copy or believe what ever they see on TV.
• United States
6 Sep 08
I'm a homeschooling mom too. I have four they are 9,8,5,&3...well she will be 4 in a month. I have to say, when I first began I thought I could set a routine and stick with it. But as my kids got older I found that I needed to be open to adjusting what and how we learn. We consider ourselves to be unschoolers now. This simply means we don't think of learning in the box...at all. We learn through everything. SOmetimes its a work sheet, sometimes a poster, sometimes a craft, other times a tv show or movie, and others a walk and talk. Each child will grow into an individual and they will need you to be attentive to those periods of growth, open to adjusting your goals and dreams, and open to allowing them to lead you...this has proven to be the most successful method for me. I wrote an article on it..if you are interested http://www.helium.com/items/865457-personal-philosophies-of-education
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
Oh hello there. I browsed your article (not yet ready to read it thoroughly as I was still recuperating.. but I already bookmarked it) On our first few weeks, we have this routine, schedule of activities etc. but as time goes I noticed that they are loosing interest on what we do, so I changed it to unschooling method. Whenever interest strikes them I teach them, or when they have questions I take it as opportunity to teach them, well it works for them more, but sometimes we still do scheduled teaching if they like, we do worksheet that I myself made. They love coloring a lot, so I always draw for them, and they are very interested and curious in the things they saw, that is why I created posters for them . Whenever they ask about the posters I always explain it to them. They are loving and enjoying every moment. and to you kudos! oh by the way, the site paid you for the article you did?