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My Sweet Homeschool

A Waldorf inspired homeschool and parenting blog Penned by Katie Sullivan, a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, Catholic, yoga teacher & mum to 5, including twins with special needs. Featured in HobbyFarmHome.

Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?

I am a Waldorf homeschooler, and a pediatric SLP and feel that little ones younger than 7 should not be made to spend long periods of time at tables or doing bookwork/worksheets. Kids under 7 learn best via stories and play. Older kids: keep a clean orderly workspace, limit distractions and background noise, figure out when your child concentrates best (early morning? late morning?) and plan harder lessons at those times.

What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?

Old school? Get playsilks. They will keep children busy for hours, can be used for years and are definitely worth the investment. I like Sarah's Silks and buy them in a bundle. All five of my kids (boys and girls) find ways to use them in creative and imaginative play! New school? Ipad apps like Granny's (Grandma's) Kitchen and Grandpa's workshop teach vocabulary, patterns, sequencing, reading and more and include real life videos of cooking and workshopping activities. A great bargain at $3 each!

How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?

Readers are made in the laps of their parents. Read to your kids early and often!

Is a television OK in a child's room?

Katie Sullivan M.S., SLP-CCC, RYT 200

No. I'm a pediatric speech language pathologist and I"m just going to throw this out there: we have a whole new generation of kids who do not know how to play because they are constantly in front of a, wii, ipad, smart phone, pc, gameboy whatever, it doesnt matter. And guess how/where language and speech development happens? YEP, through PLAY. The very very best thing you can do for your child is encourage, promote and PROVIDE a screen free childhood. So in that regard, please look at ALL the screens your child has access to and limit accordingly. Katie Sullivan, M.S., SLP-CCC
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