The Early Years

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on The Early Years.
The episode starts out with giggles, as we recorded this one late at night, and might have been a wee bit tired. Thankfully, we get on track and dive into this topic with gusto.
Greta begins by talking educational philosophies with the ladies, whether they had one in the beginning, or if they figured it out along the way. Turns out everyone had a different take on this, and that proves to be the theme of this episode—that the early years are all about figuring it out what works best for you the teacher, and for your kids, the students. It isn’t about doing what your friends are doing, or what looks good on Instagram. Rather, it is about trying new things, and giving yourself the grace to let go when something doesn’t work. It’s about approaching teaching with joy rather than fear.
We share some of our favorite activities for the early years, as well as some treasured pieces of advice, those things we’ve learned along the way. Be sure to check the show notes!
We know that beginning your home school journey with your little ones can feel daunting. You want to do it all just right. It’s our hope that this episode will leave you feeling a sense of peace and excitement about your beginnings. It’s such a wonderful time to study your kids, and find out what lights the love of learning in them. Cheers to the early years!
(and be sure to listen to the end of the episode for another fun Quick Question Round)
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Show Notes:

Greta Eskridge
The Early Years blog post by Greta Eskridge
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
Quote by Plato:
“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.”
Finnish Proverb:
“Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily”

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    1. Mostly the habit of attention, sitting still for periods of time, listening the first time their asked to do something, chores..behavior things that will help them be a successful learner. But it for sure also helps with sitting through church, grocery store, sitting on your lap when at a restaurant, etc. You can google Charlotte Mason – Habit Training and find lots 🙂 Have so much fun with your little one! – Kristin

    1. They are literal stones that have pictures or numbers on them that children can use to begin counting 🙂 If you google “counting stones”, you’ll see a variety pop up people use. A lot of people like them for their natural aesthetic and simplicity:) – Kristin

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