The fall season has arrived and many children have started the school year. My daughter and I have started our home school this year as well. We were really homeschooling before, but now we are trying a little more of a schedule since she will be 4 next month. So far it is going well and I’m sure as time goes by we will have to adjust and find what works best for us. Our 22 month old son even sits in a bit and is beginning to say the ABCs and recognize the letters. Here are a few things I have found helpful for us so far.
1. Have a list of what you would like to cover as a guide, however remember you can be flexible. Attention spans are not very long at this age, so if they get bored with what they are doing, it’s ok to switch to something else. You can always go back to the other later if you wish. Keep your goals of what you want to cover realistic for your child. This may take a little while working with them to figure what that is for each child.
2. Find a time when your child is more alert, focused and eager to learn. For us, that is in the morning after breakfast.
3. Ensure that your child is getting optimal nutrition. For us, this makes things go much smoother. Samantha is eager to learn and more focused (as much as can be expected for a 3 year old ). Once, we were off of our regular nutrition routine and well lets just say we will not let that happen again. If you would like to know Samantha’s nutrition routine, click here.
4. On a nice day, have class outside. You can incorporate nature and the outdoors into your lessons for the day. Do a butterfly/bird count. Identify plants, birds, insect, etc… Let them draw or paint something as they are being inspired by the great outdoors.
5. Take a field trip to some place relating to what they are learning that week to enhance the learning experience. Both you and your child/children are sure to learn something new.
6. Have fun. You will have these memories of spending time with your child. I am serious about making sure my children have the best education possible, however I also want them to have fun learning so that they will continue to want to learn for the rest of their lives.
These are just a few things I have found helpful so far and I am looking forward to continuing this journey with my children.