Around the time Big Brother turned one, Matt and I made the decision to homeschool. With that decision came hours and hours of reading and research (I could not have been happier!). In the midst of this reading, I discovered a book called "Learning All The Time" by John Holt. John Holt was one of the very first homeschooling advocates and he is the father of a homeschooling style called "unschooling." His ideas are incredible and though I have no intention of unschooling our children, there are parts of his philosophy that I am so looking forward to implementing. In his books, Holt talks about how children can teach themselves to read. He states that if you surround them with words and letters, and read to them as often as you can, they will naturally pick up on it and will learn to read. I was skeptical of this idea at first, but over the past eight months, Big Brother has proven all of my worries wrong.
Isn't a one year old a little young to be teaching? Honestly, the more I learn about homeschooling, the more I want to say, Definitely Not. I, of course, will not be pressuring Big Brother (12mo) or expecting much progress any time soon, but I believe by incorporating learning into his play, he will be all the more ready to learn by the time he is preschool age.