We are part of a wonderful Homeschool Preschool Coop with about 8 children ranging from ages 6 months to 5 years old. The mothers get along beautifully and so do the kids. We meet once a week for about 3 to 4 hours and our activities range from museum visits to hikes in a park to berry picking to attending free concerts (in the past month a string quartet and a dramatic mezzo soprano - the kids were all enthralled!!! Not a peep for almost an hour!) to following the New Child Montessori curriculum with story time, crafts, practical lessons, yoga and educational activities (learning about birds for example: we wrote with quills, made bird feeders, practiced different yoga bird poses, read a fun bird book, made weaver birds nests, made a bird collage). The kids play very well with each other - while learning to share and take turns. The younger kids have also learned how to use the potty from the older ones. And no doubt the youngest one has taught the older kids so many valuable lessons: sensitivity, care, gentleness, love and security... evident in the photo above of our son carrying Mama's old baby doll in a Mei Tai.
A mother recently joined our group and this is what she had to say:
"I found the group of mothers who participated this week to be very kind, genuine, and intelligent women...just the type of folks I aim to surround myself with. It's encouraging to see parenting styles that reflect respect for the children, conscious discipline (NOT that much discipline was required with this group!), and a true interest in all of the children's wellbeing. I was also pleased to see how the children were encouraged to explore topics and info. that most folks would prob. not think that "preschoolers" would be capable of learning at such a young age....exposure is so important to overcoming coginitve limits! All the while, simple play, creativity, and imagination stayed at the forefront. And all of this just from one afternoon...Wow!"
It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of such a group.