I really started “working” with the kids on preschool type activities when Luke was about 2-1/2 years old. He just turned 4 in February and Lilah is now 2-1/2. I have changed the logistics of what we do and how we do it a zillion times already, but I’ll give you the basic methods behind my madness in a series of posts…starting with this one! 🙂
Here’s how I begin…
Step #1: Set daily goals
Each day my goal is to accomplish a set number of things with the kids…usually about 3 to keep it simple. Lately those 3 things have normally been a book reading time, some sort of art, craft, or fine-motor activity, and then some sort of “together activity” like a nature walk around the neighborhood, building a block city, playing a game, or going to a park, the playground, or playing in our yard. To clarify, these 3 daily goals are ones where I will devote my full attention to the kids. We typically do lots of other learning activities during the day, too, but with many of them, I can get the kids started and then monitor from a distance while I’m working on other things. I’ll get to that in future posts.
If we accomplish more than the three things in a day, that’s awesome! But if we at least get those 3 things done, I feel pretty good because I know I spent some real quality time with the kids and they each got some focused attention and skills practice.
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