It’s official, we are homeschooling for kindergarten! 0 2

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It’s official. We are homeschooling for kindergarten and possibly beyond (depending on how year one goes). Why? Well, I don’t have any particular bone to pick with formal schools, but I do believe formal education leaves very little scope for customized learning, especially during early years when a child is just getting to know the rules and discovering his interests. With 20-25 students per class, I cannot possibly blame the teachers for not doing enough (I know they have their hands full and spilling over), but I have this gut-feeling (call it mom-instinct, if you may) that learning can be much more fun, pressure free and part of everyday play, rather than something forced.

Having said that, I have the utmost respect for the teaching profession. Both my parents were teachers for more than three decades each (My mother still is) and I believe it is one of the toughest professions that there is. I have seen them spend hours toiling and planning for class activities, agonizing over individual students’ performances and correcting bundles and bundles of classwork and homework during their so-called personal time. And I know this profession needs tons and tons of patience, planning, and intuition, which I believe I don’t possess to the desired level.

Yet, ever since sonny started Nursery/Preschool and school became more of a “chore” rather than something he looked forward to, I have been debating in my head whether it was time for us to pull the plug. But he adored his teacher, made a couple of best friends and things were somewhat moving along okay, so I just let it be. Plus, who was I kidding? I absolutely loved the 3-4 child-free hours I got every morning, thanks to school!

But over the course of two years, as I have seen the learning spark in my son go down a notch due to all the pressure I was putting on him to read and write better to match the school’s expectations, I came to the conclusion that it was just not worth it. Here was a child who was a voracious learner, self-teaching himself the alphabets/numbers (with very little help from me much before his second birthday) and who could talk non-stop about all things astronomy (tiring me out with his constant demands for reading “just one more book about space”) now not able to settle in a classroom. Now all he was feeling was exhaustion and boredom, frustration and anger instead of excitement and fun, which is how learning should be in the beginning years (at least).

Of course, there were events and activities which he enjoyed at school, especially sports events, outings, and crafts etc. and on such occasions, he could not wait to get to school. But on regular days filled with academics, given a choice between home and school, he preferred home a ninety-nine percent of the times: “I like to stay home, I don’t like to go to school.” was his default statement.

In retrospect, it should not have been such a hard decision considering I and hubby both never went to playschool or kindergarten. We went straight to grade I and don’t think we missed out anything special. In fact, we gained a lot more in terms of memories through extra imaginative play time and extra travel time (without the need to match school vacations) to name a couple.

Moreover, sonny being barely 4.5-year-old now, what is the worst thing that could happen? The worst case scenario would possibly be that homeschooling would fail and we’d have to swallow our pride and enroll him in kindergarten in April 2017 unintentionally redshirting him for a year, right? Will it be so bad to lose a year of academic learning to play?

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USA Scratch-Off Map Learning Toy for Kids just $14.99 0 2

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Right now, on Amazon, grab this USA Scratch-Off Map for kids at just $14.99 (regularly $39.99).

This colorful, graphic-filled scratch off map of the United States makes family travel fun by letting children reveal national landmarks, explore state parks, flags and remember every moment. Map measures 17 in. x 24 in. Gift ready tub measures 18″ L x 2.5″ D.

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Elsewhere scratch-off maps for kids make a great family-friendly gift for birthdays, holidays, Christmas, and even classrooms. The large map size lets kid’s “scratch and explore” in their own way! Help others with this purchase too – we are currently donating 10% of our profits to victims of the California Wildfires.

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When it comes to enriching your children’s minds, there are few activities anymore designed to keep them off of their electronic devices. Here’s a brand hoping to change that!

Elsewhere is the maker of the USA Scratch Off Map Poster meant to engage your children and serve as a family fun activity. It’s also an activity that promotes STEM geo-literacy.

Kid’s Scratch-Off Map

This colorful, graphic-filled scratch off map of the United States makes adventuring and traveling fun by letting children reveal landmarks, explore state parks, and remember every moment.

Let children track, remember, and share their adventures and travelers with an exciting and colorful scratch-off map that helps them embrace their wanderlust!

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Educational Landmark Cards

This state map of the USA also includes 32 cards that teach them about the places they’ve gone, locations they can visit, and other facts, figures, and notes that make them experts on travel.

The Elsewhere Scratch-Off U.S. Map helps children learn about our 50 states through 32 fun and educational learning cards, detailed map images and pictures, stickers that let them commemorate each trip, vacation, or adventure, and even a dry erase marker to let them write and draw on their map!

Build Strong Bonds and Learn Together

Elsewhere scratch-off maps make a great family-friendly gift for birthdays, holidays, Christmas, and even classrooms. The large map size lets you “scratch and explore” in your own way!

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Designed with tough plastic construction to keep it safer from tears and rips and coated in a silver foil overlay that kids will love to remove with every adventure, it’s the perfect gift for kids and adventurers of all ages.

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