TSH Observations - 2020 March 27th
Week Ending March 27th, 2020: From Founder & Principal Mimosa Jones Tunney
Wishing you well during the upcoming week! Keep sending in photos and videos of your Home Learning adventures. We’ll post them on our Facebook page. Join us if you’d like at https://www.facebook.com/TheSchoolHouseAEC/ as well as on our website
“Let us spend one day deliberately in Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.” From Thoreau’s Walden
“You are all in a unique position of assuming a role as an educator. It’s not always easy as you have probably discovered. We want to establish a love of learning and yet we want to achieve goals for your child. The activities in your child’s folder are appropriate for their developmental level with guidance and support. My only advice is to have patience. Throughout any given day, I remind myself to be exceptionally accepting and view myself more as a mentor than a teacher. Simply guide your child using whatever method works and don’t be afraid to scrap any plan that doesn’t work. Many times, during a circle story, I have simply closed the book and changed gears because the children were not interested. If your child is not engaged, learning cannot occur. Scale back, switch gears and try again at an opportune moment. If you can’t get in the front door, try the back door! Some children will ask you to write the answer. That child may be a visual learner and need to see a model to be successful. Others may need you to say the answer out loud. This indicates that your child may be an auditory learner. Your child will gradually take more responsibility as s/he feels confident. Remember, as Maria Montessori so aptly noted, repetition is the key to learning. If your child completes a page of work and needs a great deal of support, provide the support because learning is still happening. Parents of three-year-old children will be modeling almost 100%. This is normal and independence will come later. Be careful to avoid saying, “I know you know this, now do the work.” I am a firm believer in children wanting to achieve success and they love to share their accomplishments when they get there. If they are struggling, supply the support and don’t worry about independence because that will come.” From Ms. Christine
Those were two things along with the dozens of photos below that really made this week so unbelievably special. Even as we all try to work out the difficulties (and solutions) while heading into our third week of this pandemic there seems to be so much to smile about, muse over and consider. You are each so dear to us at TSH and I’ve really had the best time getting to know you in different ways throughout this time!
Find Out More: March Parenting Tips & March Family Engagement