Early Childhood Treasures

Monday, July 27, 2009

I have recently heard (and seen) all the buzz about back to school preparations and have read blog posts of many friends who are preparing to homeschool this year. One question that comes up often on homeschool lists is, "How do you homeschool with toddlers and preschoolers at home too?" I came across this article with some wonderful tips on the subject and thought it would be a timely thing to share. Here are some additional resources on learning through the early years.

I also love this poem by Mrs. Roy L. Peifer. It is a great reminder of what young ones really need from us.

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.
Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky
We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.
We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.
That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.
But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.

Aimee said...

That's a great poem!

The Redhead Riter said...

Beautiful poem and so true. Alyssa is 16 and I cherish every moment I left the dishes behind in order to play with her.

Stopping by to give a little blog ♥

The Mother said...

I agree. Dump the cleaning and enjoy your kids.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

I love that poem It always makes me teary eyed.

Darcy said...

Hey there....stopped by from FF. I'm a first year homeschooling mama too....Will be reading :)


Sandra aka Joey & Aleethea said...

Such a wonderful poem, I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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