I was anticipating a halt to our homeschool with the arrival of our new student (baby boy) BUT just the opposite has happened. Over these past few months school has become part of our morning routine. This is something new for us. Our first year we did school occasionally, no routine just if the day allowed. Now we make it a priority. I wanted to develop this habit as she approached age two and I am happy to report we are off to a good start.
So what does school look like for a 24 month year old? SIMPLE, FUN, PLAY with some intentional activities.
Intentional Activities this Month:
My goal for the beginning of year two is to continue to do "school" everyday. I do this by telling my little girl, "It's time for school!" then immediately we go to our school area in our home. At first I asked her, "Ready for school? or Want to do school?" but I felt like this is something I should change. I didn't want school to be something optional for her I desire to develop the habit of when mama says it's school time then we do it!
Next. I wanted to begin to teach her to sit and listen to (at least) one story a day. My toddler is very active and it is difficult for her to sit and listen (even for a few seconds!) so I desire to develop the habit of listening to a story. This has become part of our daily routine. I feel this is also developing self discipline and learning how to follow directions when told. When mama says it's story time then she needs to stop and listen to a story (all stories that I choose are developmentally appropriate and very short due to her age as she gets older the amount of time or stories may increase).
Letters! I desire for her to become familiar with uppercase and lowercase letters and work towards letter sounds this year. I encourage this growth by focusing on a particular letter a week as well as reviewing all letters through reading ABC books, playing with magnetic letters, or ABC play dough cookie cutters, and environmental print.
Numbers! Simple recognition of numbers and beginning to work towards one-to-one correspondence. I use flash cards, number books, and number puzzles.
Bible Memory! I am introducing bible memory with my letter of the week (see below).
Writing! I encourage her to draw or color on plan paper with a variety of tools such as crayons, pencils, markers, and pens.
Name recognition! I constantly write her name in front of her and say the letters as I write. I also have it posted so she can see it daily and manipulate the individual letters (See below).
We are beginning to work towards a routine with some of the activities above but I continue to make school a positive and fun experience. I like to say I "sneak learning in!"
These are just some of the activities we will be focusing on this month! Please check back each month as I feature new items added to our toddler home school! I count it a privilege to be my daughter's teacher! What a joy it is to see her learn and grow!