How to implement a routine and include teaching school subjects?

Cinthia - posted on 10/12/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello Parents,



I have a a toddler who just turned 3 last month. My hubster and I are trying to implement a routine. We want to have a routine where we can teach 3 hours a day 3 different subjects scattered throught the day. For example, in the morning we could do Writing, afternoon Math, and Evening Reading; or something like that. But I have never done a routine before and I don't have experience doing this. He is my first child and we would like to make it fun for him and prepare him for pre-school next year if it's possible. I am a stay at home mom and my hubster is out of work right now. Please Any Suggestions would be REALLY helpful.



-Cin

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Ariana - posted on 10/13/2012

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You don't need a 3 hour regiment to get your child to learn. That is WAY to intense for a toddler.



That being said it is a good idea to set time away for things like reading. So every night before bed read your son 5 books. If there is a certain time of day where your son is most awake and alert, but also calm, (so not right before naptime) take about 10 minutes of working on a little work book. My son can usually go about 5-10 minutes working on workbook things possibly twice a day.



Don't force him to do stuff if he's not in the mood. Now if he's NEVER in the mood to do it you might want to be more presistant but forcing him to do work will just turn him off of it.



The main part is to bring things into their daily life. Talk about the basics all the time. I taught my son to count to 10 by counting every time we went up or down the stairs. Try to go over 4 letters with him at a time, possibly give him the letters of his name. Make it fun. If you're playing with him ask him, ohh there's a really big truck, thats a small truck. Can you let me play with the small truck? That type of thing.



When he's eating crackers say you had 4 crackers now you ate one, wow you've got three crackers left!



Like I said, you don't need a 3 hour regiment to get your child to learn, plus he won't remember everything. Get him to work on certain things for short peroids of the day, and incorperate as much learning into his general life.



Oh and read read read. Goodl uck!

Ariana - posted on 10/14/2012

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You can still incorporate the other learning things, like addition and subtraction, math concepts (like taller and shorter, under and over or w/e else). If there are three of us at the table how many plates do we need? If I give you one of my apple slices how many do I have left?



Or when you're reading books (after you've been over the letter sounds) ask him what certain letters are and what sound it makes (as long as he's happy to tell you). I know when I started doing letters with my son he would randomly start listing letters off outside when he saw a word. They weren't always accurate but the more we did it the closer he got to it. It was really funny.



Also you can teach him letter sounds and math concepts and all sorts of things. It's just that at 3 they don't have the same attention span and if you start trying to get him to sit for a long period of time to do something he's going to hate it and want to avoid it. My son is reading three letter words but he can only do so much before it's just to hard. 20 minutes is forever when you're doing hard work, it's like if you tried to learn another language or biology (or some other subject you aren't proficient at) and were asked to do it for hours and hours (which 40 minutes to them probably feels like). Just do 15-20 minute work periods where everything you say will be taken in..

Elfrieda - posted on 10/12/2012

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That seems really... intense. But if you stretch it a little bit, math could be baking (using bigger and smaller measuring cups), playing with blocks (two square blocks are the same as one rectangle block, so it would be a form of fractions), and pouring water from one container to another (experiments with volume). Also playing with beans or many of the same object. He will probably count them, which is practicing his numbers. If he can reach the lightswitch by walking up 2 stairs, but then he walks up 3, if he can figure out that he only needs to go down one step instead of going all the way down and starting again, that's the beginning of subtraction.



Writing can be scratching letters in the dirt with sticks, or using the mop to make big wet Os and Us on the floor. Or making letters out of a piece of string or playdough snakes.



And reading is easy, just let him choose which story you should read to him, unless you mean HE is supposed to read. I can't imagine a 3-year-old being read to for an hour, though. My son loves reading books, and his maximum is probably 20 minutes. I wonder if memorizing songs is an early form of reading. It can't hurt to sing with him so he learns some songs.



At least, those are all things that are fun for my almost-3 year old, and I can see how he's learning from them. But just to throw my 2 cents in, I don't think it's a good idea to encourage too much academics right now. It's more important that he learn to be human, develop morally and socially, etc. All those things that I listed are activities that my son does on his own initiative (except for the baking), and I'm just watching and I see how they are forming the basis of future academic knowledge. He's "just playing", but really it's all about figuring out how the world works, so playing is extremely valuable.

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Cinthia - posted on 10/13/2012

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Thanks to everyone who replied and gave me their advice. I feel a lot better. My son knows his ABC's and Numbers 1-10 and he sings with me the twinkle song. I will read to him more though. I thought that I had to teach him how to read.

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