This whole quarantine mandate has turned our world upside down, like many of you. I am currently working from home and trying to take advantage of the time and do some homeschooling with Tommy. Tommy is 2 years old but I wanted to take advantage and use this time to review basic things like the Alphabet, colors and numbers. Tommy loves numbers but he is struggling a little with the alphabet and colors. I asked my mom and sister for their advice since they have both taught kindergarten combined with over 20 years of experience. Many of you know, I am a teacher but I teach middle grades, Advanced language Arts. A teacher is much like other professions: we all have our expertise and it doesn’t make us an expert in everything. Here’s what I have adopted so far and it’s been really helpful.
- Make a schedule but don’t get stressed out. On Monday I created 5 lessons on English, Math, History, Science and Art. We barely got through one and he napped for three hours and by the time he woke up, I had to cook dinner. Nothing worked out the way I wanted…lol. Also, I have thrown out that schedule because it was way too advanced for his age..lol.
- Children esp. Toddlers have short attention span. Spend 5-15 minutes going over something. Switch it up too. Use music and different manipulatives to help reach the goal. I’ll show you more below.
- Go with the flow. Try to teach after breakfast and after a nap. otherwise you will be stressing yourself out. For example, I wanted to do the Alphabet today. Tommy did that for 10 minutes and then switched to numbers. Okay, it is what it is- don’t let it stress you. Delete the apps you don’t want them to use or use a special device for learning.
- Plan lots of breaks and time for fun. Don’t get stressed out about your child needing a break at this age. Go outside, play, watch a tv show, have a snack and come back to what you wanted to teach for that day.
- Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. This is true for any age but especially for the young ones. Don’t be frustrated if they don’t know something right away. Keep repeating throughout the day and week and move on once they have mastered it. For example, yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day. All day we talked about anything and everything that was green.
Finally, enjoy this time to do the things you never had time to do before like, sleep in, cook, go outside, enjoy the pool (if you can). Family time is never cancelled!
My sister found this schedule for me online (it is not my work).