Before sharing my thoughts about Mommy School this week, I wanted to share some pictures from last night. We are enjoying a gorgeous Indian summer, but the leaves haven't changed here yet! So we drove 80 miles up in the mountains to get a taste of fall. The weather was chilly, and we saw a splash of yellow leaves--still no red and orange, though! Little Man loved wearing his new sweater and belt and getting his hair done with Daddy's gel!
We had to hold him to take pictures because he would take off running! And he is FAST!
Isn't Mr. Oopsey Daisy a good photographer?!
Both Little Man and I really enjoyed our review week this week. It gave us extra time just to breathe and get over our nasty colds! PLUS I had the opportunity to see that he had really learned more than I thought he had learned! I pulled out some activities we had done, and Little Man was much more involved than the first time around! It felt good knowing that more had sunk in than I thought. So it was very worthwhile for me, too! I also learned how important it is to offer our kids repetition. Little Man seems complacent when I introduce something new, but he becomes more and more involved each time he does an activity.
I thought I would take a minute to answer two of the most common questions I've received about Mommy School. I do have a major in early childhood education, but I don't consider myself an expert in Mommy School. Yet. I am still learning what works for us, and every child/family is different! So this is just one opinion! Do what you feel is best!
Question: I am wondering when I should begin Mommy School. Do you think my son/daughter is ready?
Answer: Well, I don't believe there is a "magic" age when children are ready because each child is so unique. A few signs I looked for to detect Little Man's readiness for my specific program:
* Interest in reading and text
* Basic exposure to letters
* Ability to follow directions (Ability doesn't always mean desire!)
* Interest in the print in his environment
I firmly believe that you can start learning activities with your child no matter what the age! The fabulous Deborah from Teach Preschool wrote a genius post just this week, all about lesson plans for infants. Definitely check this out! You'll learn how to simplify your themes and concepts for your little one. It doesn't have to be complicated--use books, photos, and hands-on learning to make it relevant to their world. My Mommy School method is only one way.
Question: Do you teach your units over one week or two?
Answer: Originally, I was teaching my units over just one week. But I realized that this was a pace I couldn't maintain! I love so many ideas that I can't narrow it down! From now on, I will be teaching Mommy School units over 2 weeks. I think this will give us an opportunity to do more repetition of activities, too. Repetition is great for kids! It will also give ME the opportunity to try more activities.
Last but not least, I wanted to share a list of sites and blogs that I have bookmarked. These are sites that I review on a weekly basis to reap all the great ideas that I can!! I don't like to reinvent the wheel, so I love new ideas for teaching! Do you have a favorite website for teaching preschool to your tots? Leave me a comment so I can check it out--I am always hungry for more ideas!
Favorite Mommy School Sources
Whew! That's a lot of great ideas! I also have a BIG surprise for you next week!! I have a 40-page packet all prepared with all of my ideas typed up and all of the necessary visual aids! I have everything in one place, so if you are following along at home, you'll have all the ideas at your fingertips! I am getting more and more organized as we go. So stay tuned for next week: L is for Leaves!