To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool – Part 2

If homeschooling is so great, why would you send your child to a traditional school? I’ve been asking myself this very same question since I wrote the last blog post on this subject… Let’s face it – homeschooling is a lot of work and a big responsibility. Although there is plenty of evidence to supportContinue reading “To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool – Part 2”

The Montessori Program Develops Creative Minds

It appears the Montessori Method may hold the answers to various concerns I am having. I have lamented in the past that we don’t have schools with Tools of the Mind programs that help children develop their “executive” functions. I have also been a little worried about Aristotle’s flagging interest in learning and his obsessionContinue reading “The Montessori Program Develops Creative Minds”

The Makings of a Great Educational System

After word came out on Finland’s educational success, educators from more than 50 countries have flocked to Finland in an attempt to learn their secret. In the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Finnish students have usually placed among the top three finishers in reading,Continue reading “The Makings of a Great Educational System”

What if Your Child is Too Smart for School?

I bought Gavin the Grolier Logico Piccolo series a year ago and we have been working on it on and off. Although the recommendation is to do two cards from one topic a day, I usually let him choose what he wants to do and how much he wants to do. If he doesn’t wantContinue reading “What if Your Child is Too Smart for School?”

International School Entrance Assessment

Gavin had his entrance assessment yesterday for an international school. I have been anxious for a while about what they would want to “test” him on and whether he would perform on the day. Although I knew he could cope with the tests, being a child of his own mind, he could either choose toContinue reading “International School Entrance Assessment”

I Don’t Want to be a Tiger Mom

I teach my children to read, I teach them Math, I teach them music, I teach them Science, and I’m trying to teach them a second language even though I myself cannot speak another language proficiently other than English. In many respects, I may appear to look and sound like a Tiger Mom and yet,Continue reading “I Don’t Want to be a Tiger Mom”

Education: Direct Instruction versus Exploration and Free Play

I read an article recently titled “Why Preschool Shouldn’t be like School“. The article highlighted a concern about the pressure on kindergartens and nurseries to become more like schools with increased direct instruction. They felt that very young children should be “allowed to explore, inquire, play, and discover” because although “direct instruction can help childrenContinue reading “Education: Direct Instruction versus Exploration and Free Play”

Are Schools Destroying Our Children’s Creativity?

For some time now I’ve been wondering about how I’m going to handle Gavin and Gareth’s education. For us, there were three options: Send them to a local school Send them to a Chinese school Send them to an International school For a while, I thought that these were our only options until it cameContinue reading “Are Schools Destroying Our Children’s Creativity?”

Tools of the Mind: Supporting Development in Preschool and Kindergarten

This article is written as my interpretation of the Tools of the Mind program.  If you wish to read the words from the horse’s mouth, you should purchase your own copy of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong. Read about Supporting Infant Development.Continue reading “Tools of the Mind: Supporting Development in Preschool and Kindergarten”

School Readiness from the Vygotskian Aspect

In my haste to publish the last post on defining school readiness, I missed some of the salient points of school readiness as defined by Vygotsky which I felt were interesting because they differ somewhat from the traditional considerations regarding a toddler’s readiness for school. What were Vygotsky’s views on school readiness? Vygotsky believed thereContinue reading “School Readiness from the Vygotskian Aspect”