Thinking About Tot School (Links to Reference)

I have been excited to start “Tot School” with Kent since I first read about it months ago.  If you’re not familiar with it yourself go check out the link for a full explanation.  It basically just involves being more intentional with our playtime and making a point to do a lot of fun, varied activities.  It’s perfect for someone like me who loves to plan everything.  Of course, things have to stay super flexible since we’re dealing with a toddler here!  Still, it is nice having a system in place that helps me pay better attention to what he’s learning.

We have only done this type of playtime randomly for the past few months.  I’ve read about other parents starting regular sessions as early as 9 months but that just didn’t work out for us.  Instead, we have only just started making “Tot School” a part of our normal routine since Kent’s first birthday this month.

For this post I just want to share some of the research I’ve been doing on education in general.  We haven’t decided what type of formal schooling we’ll opt for down the line (i.e. homeschool, public school, private school) but we are planning to do preschool at home in place of an outside program.  Everyone does preschool at home to some extent anyway.  I know the “unschooling” movement is gaining in popularity right now (or at least it seems to be) and most parents I talk to have a pretty laid back approach to learning in the early years.  That’s fine but… you know me… I have to research everything to death and I can’t take decisions like this lightly.  Okay, I rarely take any decisions lightly.  Anyone else spent multiple evenings researching sippy cups?  I have!  (It paid off, too, because the Klean Kanteen sippy rocks!!)

ANYWAY, on to the point of the article… since I am planning to take an active role in Kent’s education from inside our home I want to know what I’m up against.  What are other children his age experiencing at structured day cares?  What kind of developmental milestones would a day care provider be watching for and encouraging?  What will his friends be learning as they progress through the local preschool programs?  To answer these questions I spent several hours scouring the web, printing out information, and hashing through what I found.

Here are the most helpful documents I came across:

If you have any resources to share please link them up in the comments!  What is your approach to early learning?  Are you extra laid back or a little OCD like me?

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4 thoughts on “Thinking About Tot School (Links to Reference)

  1. Laura

    I’m going to go through all those links now! I’ve been researching which educational method (Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio, etc.) we will use, too. I know we won’t send him out for preschool, but what happens after that is still up in the air… I’d like to homeschool for the first few grades, but I think I will take a year by year approach.

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      1. Laura

        Heh. From what I can tell it’s just the slightest change from Montessori… different region of Italy, too. It doesn’t seem to be as mainstream here, a friend of mine did her student teaching at a Reggio school in Pa. I’m thinking I may wind up using a hybrid of all the methods and call it my own! 🙂

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