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Is that considered schoolwork?
March 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Here is another article that delves into this guilt trip we mothers always seem to fall into....  

Does that Count as School? — Guest Blogger Cindy

January 27th, 2013 by dailynews


A friend of mine and I have an inside joke that involves PBS…

Does Word World count as doing reading today?

I can already hear all the gasps of the critics…”I knew this homeschool thing was a hoax…”

Don’t let me be misleading; it started with a sick week. My kids had been passing a stomach bug and as I tried to plug school in here and there between helping whomever was vomiting at the time, I realized we’d had PBS on for about three. I also heard one of my five-year-old twins parroting back to the TV as Word World assisted me in teaching him how to read. As I felt my mommy guilt overpowering me, I called in for backup; a more seasoned homeschool mom.

“We’ve been watching PBS for three days. Does that count as school?”

She quickly reassured me that, yes, all circumstances considered, it does.

We have a reading curriculum. We have a curriculum for every subject. And on top of that, the twins get services at the public school three times a week for two and a half hours at a time. And although the focus of that time is socialization, reading and other learning is happening while they’re there.

My kids are learning. And not everything they need to know comes out of a text book. In this bizarre race to make kindergarten the first grade of our generation and in essence fast forward through a whole year of development and play and social skills, we’ve become trapped in the “smartest kid gets ahead” mentality. A preschooler should not feel pressure. It’s okay if a five-year-old cannot read yet. And for mom’s we should not feel this abnormal need to perform and thereby rush our children into milestones they are not yet ready for. It’s stressful for everyone and it’s unnecessary. And sometimes, yes, sometimes, it’s okay to take a break from trying so hard.

This is what I’ve learned thus far on my homeschooling journey in terms of what is most important: read, read, read to them. Play with them. Leave room for imagination and free play. Structure is good but you can have too much of a good thing. Our kids are like flowers; they need good soil (home/foundation), good food, lots of sunlight and water and above all, love.

The seeds will grow.

And as always, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

You can read more of Cindy’s blog at


  • Kat0038
    by Kat0038
    March 31, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    We watch the wild kratts as well, but recently it "free and in the wild" quote came to haunt us. We have back yard chickens. We use to have about thirty. Then one day I noticed some missing. So we set out traps and caught a raccoon. Wow my kids were excited. An actual raccoon in their sight. My husband and I started to discuss what to do with it when my six year old spoke up, "We should take it some where far away and let it go so it can be free and in the wild where it belongs." 

    Quoting kirbymom:

    Me too. :)   

    Quoting ripemango:

    my girl loves animals. elephants are her favorite. this show is a hit w her!! it rocks imo.

    Quoting kirbymom:

    Ahhh >> We used to watch that every time it came on!  :)  

    Quoting Jlee4249:

    Wild Kratts is my favorite PBS show, I DVR them for the kids to watch when we have time.

  • Kat0038
    by Kat0038
    March 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    We have been at this only a couple of years but we are learning fast. 

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    Lol,I know just how it is. I'm super type A, though, so not following a detailed curriculum was soooo hard for me! But we've been at this for a decade and have it down to what works for us now! lol

    Quoting Kat0038:

    Thanks we will check it out. Last year we bought a full year of cirriculum, stated using it, and hated it. Boring, dull, and every time I pulled it out my oldest became glazed. So I have learned to use a combination of everything and anything, computers, iPad, kindle, library, Netflix, and yes even PBS. If they learn I'm willing to consider it cirriculum. 

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    My kids used to use starfall, but prefer readingeggs to it.

    Quoting Kat0038:

    There are two websites I haven't even heard of we will have to check out. We use star, zoodles, and we use lots of educational apps on both the iPad and kindle. 

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    LOL. I have one kid who learns best through tech as well. We love using,, and

    Quoting Kat0038:

    My six year old daughter learns best from being read to where as my four year old learns best by the computer, iPad, and PBS. Every child's learns differently and by homeschooling I have the capability to use any source I can get my hands on to get our learning goals accomplished. I have to thank school house rock for explaining to my how a bill became a law, because the way the teacher at school explained it I wasn't understanding. 

    Quoting kirbymom:

    Great minds think alike. :) 

    Quoting Kat0038:

    If a child learns from it absolutely. 

  • tuffymama
    April 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM
    I'm buying the box set of Magic School Bus with plans to incorporate it into our science lessons, and I specifically used our Toy Story DVDs to get LO into imaginative play (which is not something ASD kids typically get into on their own). I have used documentaries to research subjects and learn on my own, so why wouldn't I use such simple and affordable tools for my kids?

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