Rachel Hirt: Homeschool Art in the Early Years

 Rachel Hirt: Homeschool Art in the Early YearsEpisode #11- Rachel Hirt: Homeschool Art in the Early Years

 On this episode, meet Rachel Hirt, co-owner of Colorfull, an online art community for kids. She believes that every kiddo is an artist filled with tons of creativity! Rachel wants to help kids develop their artistic talents and discover all the fun possibilities that art offers.

Rachel, who was also homeschooled, shares the benefits of including art during the early years of homeschooling. “We want to make sure [our kids] know that 2 + 2 = 4, but we forget that creativity is a part of who we are,” explains Rachel. She then gives practical tips, adding, “We all have creativity in some form or fashion. As a parent, find what sparks creativity in your child.” Rachel then explains that creativity comes in many forms that may spark creativity in your child, suggesting that “maybe it’s cooking. Then create something in the kitchen together with your child.

Listen in to learn more from Rachel Hirt, a wife, small business owner, and mother to three little ones living in central Kansas. She’s also a homeschool graduate who studied art at Butler Community College before meeting and marrying her husband, Aaron. Aaron and Rachel have been married for nearly eight years and have been serving as children’s pastors for nearly that entire time.

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Teaching Early Learners with Cheryl Bastian

Teaching Early Learner imgTeaching Early Learners with Cheryl Bastian

Podcast #23

How do you teach early learners? In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks with Cheryl Bastian about ideas and thoughts on homeschooling preschoolers.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

Preschoolers (3-, 4- and 5-year-old little learners) gain knowledge and understanding from experiential learning, educational moments that involve seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling and making. These experiences occur while playing and it is from that play preschoolers learn essential foundational skills and vocabulary needed for later learning. In addition, these experiences nurture a love for and a method of discovery, cultivating excitement and wonder in the process.

Preschoolers are natural questioners. From their questions, discovery occurs; discovery of self, others and the world. And, because of their innate inquisitiveness they come to understand cause and effect learning—ask a question, find an answer. The process perpetuates a learning cycle, fueling a love of learning. Hence, children whose questions are encouraged are more likely to become life-long learners.

First thoughts of home educating a preschooler tend toward colors, numbers,
shapes and letters. Yet, intellectual necessities are just one slice of the preschool learning pie. Considering the total development of the preschool child allows learning potential—today and tomorrow— to soar.

Excerpt by Cheryl Bastian. Read more in the Guide to Homeschooling here

 

 

 

The Wonder of Childhood

The Wonder of ChildhoodThe Wonder of Childhood

Podcast #22

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn looks at learning and growing during the early preschool years. Early childhood is full of opportunity for exploration and learning. Growing during the early years, is a building block of the foundation of education.

Children learn through play, exploration, story time, questioning and examining the world around them. Take time to enjoy the little things and watch your little ones grow through experimentation and curiosity. Early childhood learning is often fun and unexpected.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

 

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