Friday, July 01, 2005

Wal-cult?

The Mercury News reports that only 17% of those who took California's paid family leave in its first year to care for an infant were men. That's too bad. If men took on more of the career hit involved in having children, then employers would value their female employees more, since they wouldn't see women as people who are going to drop out periodically to care fore children. They'd see all their employees, male and female, as that kind of deadbeat slave to the family.

Also, check out this freaky Web site: http://www.waldorfcritics.org/. Whoah. I thought there was something odd about that Waldorf stuff. Now I have learned that, at least according to these critics, they don't teach reading until SECOND GRADE. This site makes the whole Waldorf thing sound like a weird religious cult. Maybe so, but i still got some fun craft tips from "You Are Your Child's FIrst TEacher," by a Waldorf educator, and she advised me to entertain my baby with nursery rhymes, which both she and 9-month-old Eliot loved last night. I kill in front of audiences full of babies, let me tell you! Anyway, if anyone out there wants to share your experiences with Waldorf, Montessori or other educational larks, I'd love to hear them in the comments space.

Anyway, I still have to tell all about our visit to our trilingual, Montessori preschool. But not now. This weekend. If it's not too sunny out and the barbecues aren't too fun. And if Nutmeg isn't too cute.

2 comments:

Notta Wallflower said...

I agree with nursery rhymes - a good way to teach vocabulary, language, and patterns. Because of my background, anything having to do with language enrichment is beneficial to children, but it sounds like Nutmeg is on target with her language skills judging from your previous blog entries. I'm sure you already read to her. I really was into language and literacy with my son and I didn't push math/puzzles/spatial concepts as much and I regret it now. Looking back, I wish I'd been more honest about my son's areas of difficulty so that I could have helped push him to learn more in those areas. Use every sense that you can to teach certain skills - auditory, visual, tactile. What is so wonderful about children is the "plasticity" of their brains and how many different connections they can make.

With regards to different types of preschools, it's hard to make that decision until a child gets to that age. I encourage parents to go visit the preschools they are considering and bring their child to see what reaction their child has and so you can get a "gut sense" of what's going on. Interview the director and see what kind of program is run there. Just food for thought. :-)

Kori said...

If Nutmeg isn't too cute? If Nutmeg isn't too cute? Great. Now we'll never hear the story.

Deadbeat slaves. Hilarious.