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“Help!!  I Have A Preschooler!!”

                I have always been jealous of my fellow moms who have never had to utter those five, desperate words!  Some have found schooling options for their kids that fit perfectly with their wants and needs.  Others just have a far superior gene pool that procreates calm, easy-going children.  I, however, find myself somewhere between “I’m probably the only person on earth who can understand/successfully teach my progeny” (that’s progeny, not prodigy) and “I haven’t the foggiest idea what issue(s) to tackle first”!  

                If you happen to be in the same boat, take a deep breath.  It’s gonna be ok!  The first step in laying a successful foundation for a child’s education is recognizing what a foundation really is – a flat piece of concrete that looks pretty unimpressive at first glance, but functions as the support system for the entire structure.  Preschool (and much of elementary school for that matter) has very little to do with “school” and an awful lot to do with “pre-“.   These are the days, months, years spent preparing your child for the future stewardship of their God-given brains and abilities.  Before they can retain the “what”, they need a foundation of “whys” and “hows”. 

                When I was thinking through my options for preschool for my son, it really came down to, “Who can best teach my son how to learn?”  I turn on the T.V. and I find that EVERY kid show is fixated on educational content - everything from colors and shapes to science and music.  The same is true in every classroom I visited.  There is a push within our society to drown our kids in academic content before they can even walk because we think education is the key to future success and happiness!  I have spent the majority of my adult life within the world of education, and I have a graduate degree in education to prove my appreciation and value of academics, but I look at a generation of students whose wealth of academic knowledge is crumbling under moral and ethical bankruptcy.   What society cannot accept is that academic content is secondary to – and completely meaningless without – a strong foundation in the character attributes and moral absolutes that govern the world God has created.

                I find this welcome news as I already spend all my energy addressing the “terrible twos and threes” that run rampant through my house!  It means that we don’t have to battle our toddlers to sit still and master the ability to read, multiply two-digit numbers, and speak three languages before they reach kindergarten.  It means that the Great Commission was given to a bunch of fishermen, not the world’s finest scholars.  It means that we have the one advantage the most intelligent teacher in the world doesn’t have…an intimate understanding of the young souls God has entrusted to us.  Pair that with the access we have to knowing God through his Word, and we are the most prized possession our children have in the development of their minds.

                So, how do we teach our toddlers?  You'll find some of my own experiences and ideas on this site, but the real agenda here is to encourage you that your level of academic knowledge has no correlation with how well you can prepare your child for future academic success.  If you can instill a desire within your child to know God’s ways, obey them, and glorify Him in all things, then the battle is already won!

“…let me know your ways that I may know you, so that I may find favor in your sight.”   Exodus 33:13

                                                                       - Lindsay   (mom of Brody, age 3, and Taryn, age 1)