The amount of time each session takes varies. I follow her and keep an eye on her attention span for that day. I usually have more material than what we use, just to be ready. Usually, our lessons are about 30 minutes long, but sometimes as little as 15 minutes, so we break up our lesson into two parts and come back later for the other half.
Homeschooling My Toddler: Lesson #1
This is the order in which we do our review lessons (order and content on numbers 3-10 may vary): 1. First, she removes her shoes and places them in the designated basket.
2. Next, she gets the mat, places it on the carpet and unrolls it.
3. We reviewed animal flashcards with pictures and names. I made these myself but here are some really great ones that include several sets (alphabet, numbers, animals, shapes, etc).
4. We learn to say “hello” and “goodbye” in English, Spanish, French and Chinese using various language flashcards.
5. Next, we go over all the shapes and colors we have learned so far in English and Spanish using a laminated placemat and flashcards.
9. We like to practice reading sight words using books from “Your Baby Can Read.” The program “Teach My Toddler” can also offer some great options for this age group.
10. Lastly, we talk about body parts. I made these myself with images off the internet. My first attempt at printables for home use only.
She gets her mat and unrolls it after she has taken her shoes off. Out of three sight words, she can recognize them all and points at the correct one when asked.
Side note: In the above pictures, you notice that she is sitting in a “W” position. This is not the ideal sitting position for children. There has been a lot of research that suggests that this can cause damage to their hips and their legs. I have included a post about this at the very bottom of this post. Be sure to read through it. To get even more information, google “w-sitting and children.”
Needless to say, not only did I correct her sitting (numerous times and she finds it comfortable to sit like that), but I also urge you to do the same.
We printed, cut and put together these 2-piece puzzles.
We also worked on some pre-writing activities. Aren’t these great?! And yes, I did correct the “W” sit (again). This is definitely proving the be a strong habit in her.
Here are some more wonderful resources for toddlers from our affiliates and other wonderful bloggers:
|The Problem with W-Sitting|
|Story + Art = great stART – Shapes that Roll and Monster Cards|
~ 50 Things You Can Do with Your Toddler While Caring for Your Newborn
~ Busy Hands: Alphabet Matching Activity (and Free Printable)
~ Learning the Alphabet with Activities & Crafts from A-Z
~ HG Friendly Play Activities
~ Exploring Autumn Colors
~ Learning about Shapes
~ 20 Ways to Keep a Toddler Busy
~ PomPom Ice Cream Shoppe Sensory Play
~ Toddler School: Shapes Fun
~ Toddler Activities: Scooping PomPoms