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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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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