Well, hi there!
I have to tell you, I’m so excited that you’ve stopped by. Let me tell you a little bit about me, and about the origins of the systems that you’re going to learn about on this page!
My name is Sarah. Pleased to meet you! I’m mother of one, and stepmom to 3 awesome kids. I’m also a certified Special Education teacher, and I’ve been teaching in classrooms supporting children with developmental disabilities in Texas since 2012. In 2015, I found out that I was pregnant with my littlest one, and opted to stay home with her the following year.
My experience in public schooling has given me a unique insight into the lives our children lead while they’re away from us. I have to tell you, it’s not the kind of insight we may hope for. I have seen a lot of children asked to perform academics that are far above their developmental capabilities, sit still for extended periods of time (think of a group of 5 year olds sitting still for over an hour…It’s just not meant to be), and figuratively placed into boxes that squash their creative intellect in favor of following rules.
I’ve experienced, as a parent, what it’s like to have children who don’t thrive in a traditional school environment. Some children learn better through visuals, hands on experiments, or songs. Some need to draw things out to gain full comprehension of materials. Unfortunately, schools are generally not equipped to give students all of the individualization that they need.
Because of this, my husband (also a public school educator) and I decided that we would prefer to home school our daughter, and any other little ones that happen along in the future. But, in the years before formal schooling begins, there is so much learning that takes place, and I’ve been working, researching, and creating systems here at home that are proven to support young children’s development, intellect, and creativity. Now that I’ve got it here, I want to share it with you!
So where do these ideas come from?
The main resource for my system, and what it is loosely based on, is a book called The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, by Diane Trister Dodge. This is a fantastic book, and it is what a great deal of my teaching was based on while I was working in schools. The Creative Curriculum gives wonderful, detailed instructions to setting up a play-based, developmentally appropriate preschool setting, and how to incorporate things such as math concepts and literacy into that environment.
Now, I decided that I want my own children to reap the benefits of this style of learning, but without the drawbacks of being in a public classroom. That is why I adapted many of the concepts in this curriculum for home use in my easy to establish Baby Steps to a Busy Child. Just because your little one is home with you does not mean that he or she cannot experience every day filled to the brim with exploration, experimentation, and inquiry!
I’m so glad that you’re here to join me on this learning adventure. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us all!