Each parent is faced with a situation where his child turns into a person, albeit a small one, but already aware and understanding everything. Then the question arises, when should we start educating children so that it is not too late?
The opinion of both specialists and parents is shared. Some believe that it is not worthwhile to educate a child at three years old, because all the same, by school years they will know as much as children with whom parents did not work additionally by focusing on their early learning at home. In addition, others are sure that teaching a child from the age of three, it will be easier for him to get used to school.
How to figure out who is right? To do this, you should consider all the pros and cons of early childhood education.
Sometimes you come across such children who at the age of three already read poetry, read well and count. In general, it seems that they are so developed that they are not three years old, but much more. Then I want to ask a question, is this the result of early development, or is the child in himself clever?
In early development, it is very important not to go too far so that the child’s childhood is not lost between permanent circles and sections, early development schools and home activities. Very often, parents in the pursuit of knowledge simply do not give the child a choice. I would like to consider situations where early development will benefit the baby.
Education should be appropriate for the age of the child
To begin with, I would like to say that training is different, and the approach of parents to such an important matter in the life of the crumbs varies. In order for a child to benefit from education, it must be age-appropriate.
For example, in a month a child needs the touch and hugs of parents, and not Doman’s cards. This will be a kind of training crumbs. Moreover, at the age of three, the child should already have basic communication skills with people. In addition, parents play a significant role in this.
Learning in the form of an interesting game
Teaching kids, of course, does not imply long lessons, sitting at a desk. Only when classes are conducted using the game, to the delight of the child, does he better absorb information and remember. Of course, you should definitely deal with the child, and not let everything go by its own accord, but it is important to understand what a three-year-old baby needs and what a five-year-old needs. In this case, early learning will only benefit.
Early learning at home should be a joy not only for parents but also for the child, so you should choose activities that appeal to the baby. Moreover, if something does not work, then leave it for later.
Sense of action in teaching children
In addition, parents who, since childhood, have been hard at work with their child may be faced with a problem by school age, when the baby will be smarter than their peers will and he will simply not be interested in learning what he has long mastered.
In this situation, laziness and neglect of school appear. Very often, parents and the child miss the moment when classmates go further - as a result, the child has knowledge gaps and he begins to learn worse than his peers do. It is unlikely that in this case, early development has benefited. Therefore, if you decide to educate your child, then remember also a sense of proportion.
It is important that parents think not about boasting the achievements of their crumbs, but about what the baby will then do with all this knowledge. That is why it is worth paying more attention to early development, rather than teaching children. In order for early learning to affect, the baby only positively, one should develop not only his intellect but also special attention should be paid to physical and emotional development.
Homeschooling instead of school or not
“Mom, can I not go to school today?” We asked one morning, not particularly hoping for a positive answer. Modern children are more fortunate: parents can now choose home education for them. However, many continue to doubt whether this is effective and not harmful to the child. We analyze the options, the pros, and cons. As the main reason, parents call the poor quality of schooling common cases of aggression from peers and, alas, teachers. Nevertheless, not to go to school does not mean not to study. Let’s look.
Home Learning Options
There are two types of training outside the school:
School education “at a distance” with the use of DOT (distance education technologies). It is not considered a separate type of training, it is simply an exceptional scenario in which classes with the teacher are conducted via video communication, and the student transfers the completed tasks electronically. At the same time, certification is carried out in person. This format is used in public schools for teaching children in remote regions, children with health problems, as well as in private paid schools.
A separate form of out-of-school education, in which all responsibility falls on the shoulders of the family or high school student. There are also several options:
Homeschooling - a student should still be attached to an educational institution, but only for certification, the parents will organize the entire learning process on their own.
Alternative schools - these can be both offline schools of various systems and methods, and online schools. A student undergoes training there and passes certification there.
How to organize homeschooling
To transfer a child from a regular school to homeschooling, parents need to abandon the standard form of education by submitting a special application. You can download the form online or ask the school administration.
A child in homeschooling will still have to pass certification. Parents can conclude an agreement with their school on an external basis, or find another school that has the appropriate license, with a convenient certification schedule. To get a home education, you can:
- Educate the child on their own
- Help students in grades 9–11 learn on their own
- Engage with school teachers in-person and online
- Contact tutors
The criterion for choosing a tutor for a younger student is usually the confidence in the teacher, his ability to establish a common language with the child, to instill perseverance skills and the ability to focus on classes. However, our observations show that among young parents, the demand for online education is gradually increasing.
The older the child - the higher the requirements for a tutor. The approach is changing: you need a professional who is ready to work for the result, develop abilities and give knowledge outside the school curriculum. Such teachers are increasingly working through the Internet - this saves at least time. There are already teachers specializing only in online learning.
Online Early Learning: Benefits
1. Access to the best professionals
If in capitals, there are enough private tutors of a high level, then in smaller cities there are often problems with this. Especially if the child participates in Olympiads or intends to enter a prestigious university. Online blurs the boundaries between cities and even between countries. You can learn from “your” teacher, even if you are stuck at home in a harsh winter.
2. Save time and money
No need to go anywhere, just turn on your computer, laptop or tablet.
No need to buy a uniform, the student in the class can be present in any comfortable clothes.
No need to spend time on the road to school and back, as well as money on travel.
Office supplies required less.
3. Psychological comfort
The individual pace of classes.
The level of education can be significantly higher than at the school level.
Classes come from home, from your favorite chair, at your favorite computer or from where it is comfortable now.
No need to communicate with those with whom you do not want to communicate.
The child does not know what bullying and “dislike” of a teacher are.
4. Complete freedom
At homeschooling, especially when working through online channels, you can safely go on a “winter”, on vacation, or send your child to grandmother. This is a great way out if the child is seriously involved in sports or creativity and is rarely free.
Almost any profession now requires additional knowledge and skills, continuous development and self-training. Therefore, the ability to learn independently, especially with the use of online technologies, will give the child a head start compared to those who are not used to this method. Home education can now replace a regular school.