SAHP's vs DCP's
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|Mon, 06-23-2003 - 12:26pm|
'IF (big if here) that mom has the experience to decide what educational experiences are right for her kids and if she has knowledge of the types of educational experiences available. One thing using our dcp has taught me is how little I knew about child development when I had my kids. Like many new moms, I thought I knew my kids BEST. Turns out, I knew what I knew and didn't know what I didn't know. Our dcp has come up with educationally enriching activies time and time again that I never would have thought of. We, as parents, are limited to our knowledge base. Our dcp's knowledge base is much broader due to an education in ECE, training and years of experience.'
Can I just say that this is a prime example of what happens when too much institutional care takes place. Now we have moms thinking that they can't do as great a job as DCP's. No wonder we have so many working moms. The truth of the matter is that DCP's have to be trained to *recreate* the learning opportunities that happen naturally at home. They have to learn how to *lead* a group instead of following individual child's interests. They have to mimic the *real learning* that goes on in a loving home because they are an artificial environment.
If your thinking is too institutional for any of this, just let me know and I'll elaborate. In a real home sorting socks lays the foundation for mathematical thinking. Parents don't have to make cardboard cut outs of socks and play matching games with groups of kids in order for them to 'get' the concept. Instead, children become a part of daily life and learn these things in a more natural context. Making cookies, playing board games, playing in the water while doing dishes, collecting rocks, all of those things are 'educationally enriching' to your children - without being artifically implemented. When a 3 year old asks why the grass is green you can take her to the library and find books about it, you can experiment with her, you can see where it leads. My dd knew more about photosynthesis at 4 then I did at 12 and it isn't because some daycare centre planned a unit on plants. It's because she asked and I was able to help her explore the answers. You just have to look at the way that DC's mimic what happens naturally in the home and you see how much goes on in the home without trying. Do I have to sit down and do circle time with my toddler in order for him to learn colours? No way. Because I'm an interested and caring parent those things come up in everyday life (like as in, 'please get me the blue bowl') and my ds has learned his colours without the artificial implementation of flashcards, circle time, or pressure.
My main goal in the preschool education of my children is to raise people who love learning, love reading, ask questions and know how to find the answers. I want those questions to go on and on and I want them to be motivated to research the answers. I don't need to sit them down in a circle in order to provide educational enrichment, all I have to do is stay close to them and help them to answer their own questions.
DCP's are trained so that they can create artificial learning experiences in group, institutional environments. SAHP's don't need that training. If any SAHP wants to find out a little more about child development or learning styles they can easily go to their local library (or search the net) and read up on it. You don't need 20 years experience to help your child be an enthusiastic learner and seeker. All you have to do is help them along their path.
Anyone truly interested in how natural learning is (when a child isn't forced into unnatural situations) please read 'How Children Fail' or 'How Children Learn' by John Holt.