Homeschooling TODDLERS

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Weekly Units

Ongoing Units

Book-of-the-Day (activities, resources and ideas)

  • The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin (coming soon)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle (coming soon)
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems (coming soon)


How Do Toddlers Learn

  • Exploration: touching, smelling, tasting
  • Asking questions
  • Watching and observing
  • Trying new things
  • Listening--to stories, vocabulary, sentences, conversations, music, etc.
  • Through play

Tips for Teaching Toddlers

  • Read with them EVERY DAY. 
  • Let your kids see you read by yourself. 
  • Let your child explore. When starting a new toy, game, project or activity, give them time to explore all the pieces, within your guidance and  before getting to work. Read about Heuristic Play here and here
  • Talk to them. Have real conversations--no matter how mundane--so they understand how sentences and questions are formed. Language development comes from imitation. 
  • Stop the baby talk. Correct word pronunciation, correct grammar and correct sentence structure improves reading, questioning and learning skills.
  • Set up a designated learning space. Make allowances for play, making messes and spreading out.
  • Understand their attention span for any activity may only be 5 minutes. However, having scheduled learning time and organized activities helps expand their attention span, which will help them when they start kindergarten.

What Your Child Needs To Know Before Starting School 

Academic Skills:
  • Their name. What it looks like, what it sounds like, how to write it and how to answer to it. I put this first for a reason. It’s super important and sooo many kids start school without this knowledge. 
  • The Alphabet. Including L-M-N-O-P
  • Numbers to 10. In kindergarten they will learn to count to 100, so getting started on that early will put them ahead of the curve.
  • Book Awareness. How to hold it, how to turn the pages, how to treat a book. Where the story (words) are. Where the sentences begins and ends. 
  • Colors. The more colors they know the better. 
Bonus points:
  • Reading the eight basic color words.
  • Letters have sounds. Most letters have multiple sounds, and vowels are the hardest, so before kindergarten make sure they know at least half the consonant sounds. Easiest ones to learn: M, P, S, T, B, R, Z, A. Hardest to learn: W/Y/U, F/V, E, I.
  • Reading basic sight words. and, the, it, is dog, cat, me, I, go... For Dolch words lists go here

Personal Skills:
  • Sitting. This is hard for so many little ones. They have to sit for stories, for seat work and for other activities. And they have to sit for lunch. The WHOLE time! That’s 20 to 30 minutes. Children who are not made to sit while they eat at home struggle with this the most. 
  • Sharing. Snatching, grabbing, hoarding--all things that will cause problems and take time away from learning. You don’t want your kid to be a push over, but teaching your child the phrases “You can have it when I’m done” and "Can we play with it together" will save everyone a lot of time and frustration.
  • Tying shoes. This one takes time, but they should at least know it by 1st grade. Think about it:   1 teacher, 40+ feet. That’s a lot of shoe tying for someone who’s supposed to be teaching your child to read. Plus, think about all the gross things shoelaces get dragged through. Don’t make your child’s teacher touch those. 
  • Buckling buckles, zipping zips, fastening belts, etc. Basically getting themselves dressed and keeping themselves that way. Even at 5 and 6 they get embarrassed when they have to ask their etcher for help. School with uniforms also require them to tuck in their shirts. These aren’t natural skills. They are all things that have to be taught, modeled and retaught. 

Find More Information On This Site:
Teaching Patience
Valentine's Day Activities
St. Patrick's Day Activities
Five Minute Dance Party

A couple of articles on the importance of play in child development.

More Blogs That Focus on Toddler Education

Kids Activities Blog -- Activities for a 1 year old Free Sesame Street coloring pages
Learners in Bloom--great toddler math activities

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