Our culture is demanding more and more from our younger children's education and many parents are feeling the weight of this pressure. The desire to see children reading, writing and doing math long before we were ever taught ourselves is becoming more popular within our electronic world and some of my readers have requested that I share from our homeschooling experience about benefits that we have seen from having a more relaxed early education.
5 Benefits to a Relaxed Early Education
These benefits are what we observed from our own 15 years of homeschooling four of our own children and our understanding of how their brains work and how they process information differently.
- A Relaxed Environment Is the Best Learning Environment – When a person is relaxed, they are more readily able to learn. This is true for children and adults. Once their is pressure or stress added to the environment, our brains work differently and often times, stop processing new information all together. The opposite is true as well, that a relaxed environment, one that feels safe and without demands, allows the brain to absorb and process far more information.
- Relaxed Early Education Creates an Eager Learner – When preschool and early elementary children are relaxed in early education, they are eager to learn and engage new concepts willingly. They approaching learning opportunities with curiosity and excitement, making it an enjoyable subject and one they find opportunities to do again.
- Children Learn a Lot Through Play – Relaxed early education can still teach your children so much through play. Our children have benefited greatly when we introduce foundational information through playing with puzzles, games and learning boxes. Offering opportunity for children to learn through hands-on activities without approaching it as a ‘lesson' or ‘required' will give them the joy of writing, learning their letters and building words. Starting with the focus of loving to learn through play will create such an enjoyment for education.
- Children Learn a Lot Through Observation – Children who are taught to observe in nature at an early age are engaged in their world and become more interested in finding answers to their questions on their own. Getting children outside, rather than into work books can really help them develop analytical thinking that will be crucial for their understanding of math, language and much more.
- Children Learn a Lot Through Read Alouds – Children who are read to at an early age become interested in spoken words and naturally have a better vocabulary than children who are not read to at the same age. Often times, taking a relaxed approached to early education will cause an interest in children to learn how to read on their own or at an early age, however pushing a child to read before they are ready can harm them more than help them.
I hope this post encourages you to take time with your younger children and to be purposeful in creating a relaxed environment that will naturally lead to a stronger education for your children down the road.