I feel pretty certain that God has given me the gift of teaching. Since I know that He has given both me and Charlie the gift of teaching, for
I do not feel very confident in teaching 2 year olds, or Preschool-age children, but God is teaching me so much about my role as teacher. I feel really nervous about ever teaching him how to read since I did not learn to read using phonics. I learned to read in the 80's using some crazy memorization way (this is one reason why my spelling is so bad). I want to go ahead and start learning how to teach my children to read when they are ready, so if you have any recommendations and good books on Preschoolers learning to read or any books explaining how to teach little ones to read, I would love to know what books you recommend.
Since I am trying to have school time with Jackson at least twice a week, hopefully more, I think I will start posting some recommendations on what is working for us (especially since he has speech delay) on Thursdays of most weeks.
Most Southern Baptist churches use the "Wee Learn" Curriculum from Lifeway for their Preschools throughout the year. You can actually go online and view it and see a lot of great ideas. The first section is entitled "Learning About Myself." The first unit is entitled "I am growing." They encourage you to spend a week teaching about how your little one grows in height, and how Jesus grew in height as well. A song that relates that you can sing with your two year olds is "Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." We plan to teach this curriculum at church on Wednesday nights to our bored 2 year olds.
Overall his goals in school are:
- Being able to copy me when I build a tower with blocks. He really just wants to build a tall tower his own way. When we have school time, we mainly play with toys while he is strapped down in a high chair.
- Him to copy me when I draw a circle, straight line, etc.
- Him to speak in short sentences and to have 1,000 words (that we work on all throughout the day).
- Him being able to point to the correct object when asked, "What do we watch our shows on? (Answer: point to the TV).
If your child has speech delay and is not talking much or at all (we were there not so long ago), I would strongly recommend having "school time" and strapping your little one down to a high chair and it least trying to say the beginning sound of a word. For instance, with
If you have a child