Quoting Janell C.:" I dont think your goals are TOO big at all! You all in all want to better Americas education system ... [snip!] ... that she will do wonderful in a school geared for gifted children or a Montessori school. She's going to do amazing things"
I really love kids, I want one more after DD, but my real goal is to teach more than my own kids. The toddler/Pre-K group is SO much fun to teach... they're just sponges for information! You can teach them things that you would never dream possible! And they GET it!! I think Americans truly underestimate what their children understand and are capable of.
I remember on here at one time, I said that DD knows what yes and no means, and what we're talking about when it comes to telling her no. That she KNOWS that No means not to mess with it. I was told that it wasn't possible because DD was just 8 months old. I even told them how she tells US no, and shook her head, and they said nope, not possible. I laughed and shrugged it off.
People with that thought process are the reason so many kids don't learn their letters and numbers before kindergarten anymore. And knowing those before kinder used to be the norm.
American students are some of the most self-centered, rude, and greediest kids in comparison to other countries. I think it's because of the way our education system is now. It's all about me, me, me... YOU need to learn this or YOU get held back.... Kids don't productively learn like that.
Kids love to learn by DOING. Instead of preaching the lesson, DEMONSTRATING it is better. Letting kids learn about tornadoes by making water funnels out of soda bottles , showing them how those work and explaining the similarities to tornadoes. Teaching about the ocean by making a class aquarium FULL of exotic fish. Stuff like that.
And yeah, I can see her reading a bit here and there in a few months. She LOVES books. She flips through the pages of hers all the time... and she has a LOT of books. She loves playing kitchen, so we got her a play kitchen for her for Xmas.