Isn’t it amazing to watch a baby grow into a little person who can walk, talk, and play? A lot of learning takes place in the first five years of a child’s life. Find out more on today’s Home School Heartbeat, with Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike Smith.
This week, our very special guest is June Oberlander. Not only did she raise two children of her own, but she has seven grandchildren, four of whom were homeschooled. And she has over 22 years of experience in early childhood education. Welcome to Home School Heartbeat, Mrs. Oberlander.
Thank you, Mike, I’m glad to be here.
With your experience teaching very young children, could you tell us about the importance of a child’s first five years of life?
Well, some parents may question the idea of getting children ready for formal learning so early, but really the first five years of a child’s life are the most formative years. Rapid growth and development occur during that time, and parents don’t realize that they should really start early because they are a child’s first and foremost teacher, and they need to begin early. Parents should be aware of what they should and could be doing in order to help the child get a good start. If they don’t do this, it may cause the child to miss some basic readiness skills that will be more difficult for him to learn at a later date.
Listeners, join us next time as we talk more about how your child learns. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.