My youngest turned 3 in November. Last year when his big brothers were homeschooling he talked about his school too, so I knew I was going to have to come up with something. I looked at a bunch of curriculum for 3s and 4s and wasn't sold on any particular set. I knew there were several things I wanted addressed for him. He already has a pretty good foundation of ABCs by sight and sound - so I'm just going to keep reinforcing those. Same with colors and shapes.
Things I wanted to accomplish:
Numbers by sight up to 10
counting objects to 10
gross motor skills
fine motor skills
singing & music time
learning to sit be still for 5 minutes
That is a pretty big list but I had one additional requirement - FUN! He is only three and has many years ahead of him! I want school to be associated with fun! That is the most important part of learning.
So what did I end up with?
sticker books, flash cards, lots of classic books
tons of lauri toys:
Lauri Toys Primer Pak
Lauri Toys shape and color sorter
Lauri Toys Tall Stacker Peg Set
Lauri Toys Number Express
For music time:
Wee Sing Bible
scissors & tweezers:
additional art books:
Abeka Art Books for 2 & 3s
I hope this post helps you all come up with something that works for you! I plan on hanging up printout of letters and changing them each week. Possibly letters too.
- rotation of learning toy (basically a different one each day) 10 minutes guided play - depending on Jace's attention span, then free play.
- read 2 books
- weekly some sort of art project (coloring, sticker work, play dough, seasonal craft)
So as you can see it won't be much I'm thinking it might be 20 minutes total each day. I'll space it all out too. Reading will be before nap and early evening. Crafts work well in the mornings when he is fresh from waking up.
Are you doing Tot School? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
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