As Jewish moms, it is in our DNA to feel guilty. There are always things we can find to feel guilty about. And as Homeschooling moms, I am sure we have a few things in common.
If we are not sitting down with our kids, workbooks open, pen in hand and smiles on everyones' faces, we feel guilty that they (in our opinion) didn't learn anything.
If we are not showing flashcards to our 2 year olds and trying to "teach" them, then we feel guilty that we are not educating them.
If we spend the morning blowing bubbles and picking flowers, we feel guilty that we "wasted" the morning.
I get so many email from moms, just like you, saying these very things. They play the guilt card on themselves because they don't feel that they are "teaching" their kids.
Well, guess what. Put the guilt card away because whether you like it or not, your kids are learning. Whether you sit there with Alef Beis flashcards, or whether you don't, they will ultimately learn to read Hebrew.
When they are little, and I am talking ages 0-6, you really do not need to be shoving information down their throats. Their little brains are so curious and are dying to just figure out everything around them. Let them!
Let them color, paint, blow bubbles, use stamps, stickers, blocks, dolls, cook, clean (yes, clean!), sweep, jump, run, climb, giggle and just be a kid. They have their entire lives to be fed information.
So now that you know that its not your job to feed your 3 year old facts, you can offer them lots of fun activities to do which will keep them super busy and having fun.
A while back I made these busy bags for my tykes. Below you can print out the labels and using shoe boxes, Ziplocs, trays, whatever works for you, set out a few activities for your little ones every day. They will be perfectly happy.
So breathe in and out and realize that right now, its their job to play and explore and discover, and the less you help them, the better.
Here are a few great activities I highly recommend for the little ones:
The nice thing is at the end of the day I can look back and see what I got done and what needs to get done the next day.
I fill it out the night before or first thing in the morning.
Here is an idea of my day:
And here is a blank one for you to customize for your own use:
I am not an organized person by nature which is why I am constantly looking for ways to get more organized!
So no more guilt, much more play:)
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