Brainstorming on curriculum
|November 21, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Parenthood, Playtime Learning|
A couple of weeks back, I decided to go back to seriously considering homeschooling Eva outside of her school’s formal hours. While the kindy is great and all, there is one serious flaw with it – everything is in French. It’s great for her French but does absolutely nothing for her English skills or learning. Plus I would also like to focus on her actually learning concrete skills than just random playing or roleplaying.
The current plan is to take about 30 minutes in the afternoon – after the kid’s nap and snacktime – to focus on learning. While I go through the curriculum with Eva, Noah will have his little exploration thing going on in the form of treasure chests, sensory bins, etc.
So far, the curriculum is (based on Get Ready Pre-K, Kumon and Jolly Phonics):
- Tracing & Mazes
- Basic concepts
- Alphabets, numbers and counting
- Shapes & colours
I plan to cycle through these at least once a week with the exception of phonics, colouring and tracing & mazes which I think I’ll do on a daily basis to help her with her language and writing skills as well as to incorporate some aspect of fun. I’d like to include things like history and music as well as culture into the picture but I think she’s a little young for that plus I need time to source for materials and find alternatives. To break the monotony, we’ll have one day where we’ll head out in the evening like to the park or to run errands.
So far, we’ve been working on tracing, colouring, colours and basic concepts. She gets distracted easily with Noah around so it helps to keep him busy with his toy so that she can focus on her work. I reckon for now, 30 minutes is enough as any longer and she’d want to join Noah in playing and so forth.
One thing I must admit tho – it’s not easy having to “teach” a preschooler things with a toddler around. Gosh, I can’t believe that Noah is a toddler now!