RE: [lascruceshomeschool] preschool or not?
- I agree wholeheartedly, Heather.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Heather Rische
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 5:12 PM
Subject: [lascruceshomeschool] preschool or not?
Hi all- had to pipe in with a different view- maybe preaching to the choir
here mostly, but most homeschool parents report that their kids are so much
more positively socialized than others their age. They learn none of the
negative socialization that large groups often display: the whole "kids can
be so cruel" thing. I'll assert that large groups of one age interacting is
proabably not that natural for our development, mixed ages (meaning from
0-100, not 2-4) seems to be the way we were intended to mix. My son, who
never went to school, but has attended art, theatre, karate, gymnastics,
music, etc. etc. , is an interesting kid. I receive comments like "i can
tell he's homeschooled, because he interacts so well with all ages" (a prof
from NMSU said this at the Earth day thing last year) other people comment
on how kind he is to littler kids, and can play or interact with babies on
up to grandparents and enjoy it equally as much. He is very independent in a
large group- will approach an artist at a gallery and comment on their work
very articulately, for example- or raise his hand at a ranger-led talk on
nature with questions and jokes, very unabashedly... anyways, now I'm
verging on bragging (or have I already crossed that line? ) but just wanted
to put my two cents in. I think he functions so well in society- and I was
scared to death of people (was public schooled) until I was 20! And friend-
making? He's an expert! no missed opportunities- he'll approach kids in many
settings, introduce himself, and soon be leading an imaginative adventure
with whoever he can recruit at a park, or wherever!
If you can't part with your little one, don't! Your instincts are there for
a reason... I sure didn't want to- and am proud of the results! (my son will
be ten soon, but many of these stories would describe him at 6 or 7, too)
Heather Rische, LM, CPM
Special Projects Manager
Mountain View Market
Las Cruces, NM
NM Licensed Midwife
TX Documented Midwife
Certified Professional Midwife
- Hi Heather,
Thanks for sharing your experience. Your son sounds
like a joy! I'd say that gives you bragging rights.
Heck, I wish I had his social skills, I'm still
working on mine. These positive experiences are just
what I need to hear and learn about instead of the
negative comments I get (from people who know no more
about it than I do) when I off-handedly mention
I think I should make myself a poster with this quote:
> If you can't part with your little one, don't! YourThanks so much and it's nice to "meet" everyone.
> instincts are there for a reason...
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